When you have your new bundle of joy, you want to make sure that they are getting the most nutrients. You have two options, which are breastfeeding or formula feeding. When you choose to breast, you will want to make sure that you are producing the right amount for your baby to remain full and healthy. Since you cannot eye the amount of breast milk that your baby is taking in unless you pump, you may feel as though you are not making enough milk. Or you may be pumping and see that your milk supply is low. No matter the reason, there may be some tips to help with your milk production.
Try to avoid stress.
When you realize that your milk supply is low, it can be quite easy to become discouraged since you may feel that you’re not feeding your baby adequately. It is important not to stress. Although stress does not decrease your milk supply, there are a few hormones that can be found in the breast milk that can affect your child’s perception and ability to deal with emotions. Some emotions that can affect your child is cortisol, norepinephrine, and adrenaline.
Although stress does not have a direct effect on your milk supply, actions that you take during stress may affect it. If you do not eat as much or drink much water, you can lower your milk production.
Another good thing to know is that if you eat more junk food than you are not getting the right nutrients for good milk production. You should make sure that you’re getting the proper amount of fruits, vegetables, and proteins so that you can successfully produce milk.
If you find yourself becoming stressed or depressed, it is best to take time out for you. The happier you are, the happier your baby will be. It is best to give yourself a break and find ways to relieve your stress such as exercise, go for a walk, find someone to confide in, reading, and sleep. These stress relievers will help to make your day to day living easier and help you to focus on being the best mommy you can be.
Water intake and food choices help you flow.
The leading problem with not making enough breast milk is your water intake. If you are having a hard time producing milk increase your water intake. You may have noticed that when you began breastfeeding your little one you began to feel more thirsty the regularly. This is due to the hormone oxytocin, which tells your body that you are thirsty so that you continue to hydrate. You should try to drink one- half to three fourth of your weight in water so that you can remain hydrated.
Also, you should make sure that you are getting two to three servings of protein a day. Protein helps to build tissue and ensures that vital organs are able to grow and function in the way they are supposed to. A few examples of good sources of proteins are lean meats, fish, dairy, beans, and eggs. Protein will help increase your milk supply as well as give your baby rich nutrients.
If you are not allergic to nuts, then it is a great idea to add nuts to your diet. Nuts are full of protein and calcium, which will help with the content of your breast milk as well as help your body to start producing more milk. Almond nuts and milk can also add a sweeter and creamier taste to your breast milk which your baby can enjoy. Another good idea is to make a homemade trail mix that includes nuts and seeds such as sesame seeds which provides rich fatty acids.
There are supplements and teas that contain healthy herbs and vitamins to encourage an increase in milk supply. It is best to research which tea and supplements are best for you and make sure they are all-natural. If the supplement contains ingredients that are not natural then it is best to find another solution so that you do not intake harmful ingredients. Good teas include mothers milk, Yogi tea, and herb lore. Teas that include fenugreek, fennel, and anise promote healthy milk production. Also, supplements that contain alfalfa, goat’s rue, and blessed thistle are great supplements for you and your baby.
Your baby knows best.
Although you may feel as though you are not producing enough milk for your baby you might be just fine. Your baby will eat as often as he or she needs and they will make sure they are getting enough milk. Unless you are pumping you do not know how much milk you are producing and there are many signs of a baby that may make you feel as though you are not producing enough milk.
The truth is that there is a very small percentage of moms that do not produce enough milk. If your baby is showing signs of low weight gain, few dirty diapers, or dehydration, then there may be a cause of concern.
It is quite normal for your baby to want to feed frequently. Breast milk is digested fairly quickly so if your baby wants to eat often then allow them. Your baby in no way will go hungry and they will not stop feeding until they are satisfied. Also, if your breasts are softer or no longer leak, then this is a sign that your breast is regulating your baby’s needs. When you first began to breastfeed your breast overproduces until your body gets in tune with your baby’s needs.
Lastly, If you are sure that you have low milk production, it may be best to speak with a lactation specialist or pediatrician. If your baby is not feeding at all or you are not able to pump much milk, then you may need someone to give you expert advice. They will be able to help you to find out if you have an underlying problem. They will give you more information and can help to find out the reason for low milk production.