How to Produce More Breast Milk – 3 Easy Methods
Caring for your child’s wellbeing is a natural instinct for mothers so it is not usual that they constantly worry about whether or not their baby is being fed properly. This concern starts as soon as the child is born. One of the most common questions new mothers ask is “How Can I Produce More Breast Milk”?
A common misconception is that eating certain foods can increase the production of milk but unfortunately, there is no scientific evidence to support this notion. Fortunately, there are a couple of methods that you can use to help stimulate and encourage the production of breast milk. Here are a few of them:
- Use the right nursing procedure. Sometimes using an incorrect breastfeeding technique restricts the flow of milk and therefore reduces the production of breast milk. Please remember that your baby must be positioned properly and have a good attachment to your breast. If your child does not attach well, it is very likely that he or she is in an uncomfortable position. I would recommend taking a look at some YouTube videos and internet guides to ensure that you have the correct alignment.
- Drink Lots of Fluids and Increase Calorie Intake. It is important to stay hydrated and nourished, and even more so when you are breastfeeding as you will be losing more fluid and energy than normal. To maintain a healthy lifestyle, it is recommended that you increase your intake of water. An extra 2 or 3 glasses of water per day is advisable. Furthermore, you will need to increase your calorie intake. An easy way to do this is to have an extra healthy meal or snack during the day. One mistake that mothers make is to go on a diet to lose the baby weight gained during pregnancy; however, doing this can seriously impact on the quality and quantity of breast milk. If you want to lose weight after childbirth, it is better to do it through eating healthy food and regular exercise rather than starvation or crash diets.
- Use a breast pump. Mothers may struggle to produce breast milk if they have a medical condition or experience pain during milk expression. In this case, additional help may be needed in the form of a breast pump. These devices attach onto the chest and mimic the suckling mechanism of a child so that you are able express milk at your own convenience and store it in a container for later use. Pumps are available for sale online and from baby stores. Although electric pumps may be expensive (some cost over $200), a more cost efficient alternative are manual pumps which range from $30 – 100.
On average, babies need around 25 oz of breast milk per day. Although this quantity may vary depending on the size and age of the baby, it is imperative that your baby receives the appropriate amount. Hopefully the tips contained in this article will help you to ensure you child receives adequate nutrition for healthy growth.