The most common concern among breast feeding mothers is whether their babies are getting enough milk. There are very few women who do not produce breast milk at all. Mother Nature has designed the mother’s body to produce more than adequate milk for the baby.
In rare conditions when the breasts are not producing enough milk, there is always the possibility of an underlying medical condition. In case you do feel that your supply is very low, here are some ways to ensure that your baby gets enough breast milk.
Best Ways To Increase Breast Milk Supply
Milk production is based on the principle of demand and supply. The more often you feed the baby, the more milk your breasts will produce. Frequent feeding sessions will ensure that your breasts remain stimulated to produce more milk. Ideally, women should endeavour for 8-12 feedings in a day so that the milk supply remains optimal at all times.
Massage Your Breasts
Women should regularly massage their breasts while feeding the baby. Massaging ensure let down of the fat-rich hind milk which provides calories to the baby.
Eating and drinking well is very important while breast-feeding. Women should aim to drink at least 8-12 glasses of water in a day. The best way of ensuring this is to drink a glass of water after every feed. The diet should be nutrient dense consisting of a healthy combination of proteins, fats, carbohydrates and minerals.
Monitor The Baby’s Weight
It is very important to take the baby’s weight as often as you can especially in the first few weeks. Breast fed babies gain well and should be gaining at least a kilo every month for the first few months. This tapers off by the time the child reaches the first birthday.
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Feed The Baby From Both The Breasts
Try to feed the baby for at least 10 minutes on both the breasts. This will ensure that your baby is getting the fatty hind milk and both the breasts are getting adequately stimulated.
Breast Feeding Technique
Make sure that your technique of breast-feeding the child is optimal. The baby should be latched on to the breast with the entire areola in his/her mouth. This helps to stimulate the milk ducts and encourages letdown.
How you position your baby is also very important. If the mother or the baby is not comfortably positioned, breast-feeding will be severely hampered for both the mother and the child.
If your baby is not suckling enough or you feel your supply is diminishing, try pumping. Pump both the breasts after each feed until they are completely drained. The breasts then will be stimulated to fill up again.
Try To Tweak Your Diet
Certain diet modifications like eating fenugreek seeds and semolina are said to increase the amount of milk that the breasts produce. Include enough of these in your diet to ensure that your body produces milk in sufficient quantities. The best way of ensuring a steady supply of milk is to be relaxed, happy and to eat and drink well.