How to Increase Low Milk Supply for Breastfeeding Moms
It can be frustrating to deal with low milk supply when all you want is to feed your baby. Most moms begin producing milk at birth; the goal is to have the baby begin feeding as soon as possible because demand tends to increase supply. However, some moms don’t produce enough breast milk to fully nourish and satisfy their rapidly growing baby. If you have low milk production, there are some things you can do to increase your milk supply such as using essential oils.
While you want to avoid alcohol and caffeine, you should be drinking more fluids than ever before. The better you are hydrated, the better your body will work to produce breast milk. Drinking water, milk, juice, and herbal teas are ideal for hydrating your body in a healthy manner.
You may find that you are stressing and worrying which can decrease your appetite. It is important that you have a well-balanced diet, and include foods such as garlic, asparagus, and apricots which stimulate the hormones for lactation. Get plenty of fruits and proteins that will help keep you and baby healthy.
Empty Your Breasts
Nurse your baby frequently and allow the baby to nurse as long as they are actively nursing. This will help you empty your breasts more frequently and therefore increase the demand on your body to produce more milk. If you have a sleepy nursing baby use a pump when the baby is finished nursing to make sure you are removing more milk to increase the supply.
Not producing enough breast milk may feel like a clue that you shouldn’t breastfeed, but that couldn’t be farther from the truth, it’s just another challenge to work through in order to do what is the best for your baby. Your body is made for this, and if you are producing some milk, you can produce more!