7 Ways To Increase Breast Milk SupplyTuesday, 18 October 2016
As a breastfeeding Mum you want to make sure you're giving your baby the best start in life. In the first few weeks a breastfeeding Mum should try her best to eat the right things to help increase her milk supply. Many worries go through a nursing Mum's mind, such as; "Is baby getting enough milk?", "Is my milk supply low?", "Can I do this?" and so on. It's only natural to think those thoughts, especially if you feel like your baby is constantly stuck on you. But there are other reasons your baby may want to be on you constantly:
- Baby feels safe near you
- Baby is going through a growth spurt
- Baby is using your breast as a comfort
Here are 7 ways that may help increase your milk supply:
1. Keep nursing - This is one of the best ways you can increase your milk supply. As your breast empties after a feed, it signals your body to product more milk.
2. Eating the right foods - This is really important for you and baby. There are certain foods that can help increase milk supply such as Oats, Carrots, Spinnach, Garlic, Brown rice and much more.
3. Breastfeeding Lactation Cookies - Great with a cuppa or just a snack. Breastfeeding lactation cookies are tasty and full of ingredients that help increase milk supply.
4. Breastfeeding milk supply supplements - You can buy some milk increase supplements in most stores that could help your milk increase.
5. DRINK - Be sure to drink plenty. Breastfeeding can make you thirsty and the last thing you want is to be dehydrated as that can decrease your milk supply. Make sure you have a drink by your side each time you feed and in between.
6. Offer both breasts at feed times - Some Mother's can't offer both breasts, but if you can then swap breasts during feed times, this can help increase milk supply.
7. Try and avoid bottles - Try your best to avoid bottles as you don't want baby to get used to a teat when you are trying to increase your milk supply. But of course, there are times you may have to give your baby your milk in a bottle.