Do you have poor supply of breast milk? Do you find it difficult to feed your baby with your milk? Know how to properly breastfeed your baby with these effective tips.
The Importance of Breastfeeding
It is a universally accepted fact that nothing can compare to breast milk when it comes to giving your baby his or her needed nourishment – physically and emotionally.
Breast milk provides babies with the nutrients needed to protect them from possible infection and allergy. This is especially true during the first few days after birth when the mother produces colostrum, which contains anti-bodies that will help develop an infant’s resistance to infection. At the same time, breast-feeding gives you and your baby the opportunity to develop that special nurturing bond between mother and child.
How to Deal with Poor Milk Supply
Breast milk almost often comes naturally for many mothers. However, there are those who find it difficult to produce adequate milk for their infant. This lack of breast milk often experienced by first-time mothers can be caused by anxiety, an improper diet, and the lack of appropriate stimulus. Below are three easy steps that could help new mothers produce enough breast milk for their new born infants.
First time mothers who are anxious and tense in breast feeding their infants may find it difficult to produce milk. This is because anxiety prevents you from producing enough oxytocin, a hormone that triggers the initial milk flow. Mothers should try to relax when feeding their infants by practicing deep breathing exercises. Listening to soothing music or watching television during feeds may also help.
Stimulate the flow of breast milk by allowing the baby to suck on your nipples for as long as your baby wants (read more on this topic here). This tugging motion helps boost circulation and clears blocked milk ducts. Slowly massaging your nipples occasionally may also help.
Maintaining a mother and child friendly diet is most important. Lactating mothers should consume at least eight glasses of water or fruit juices in one day. Vegetable soup, green leafy vegetables, and calcium-rich food are necessary in a mother’s diet. Lactating mothers should also avoid caffeine as well as alcohol. A mother’s milk contains whatever it is that she takes for herself, so mothers should treat themselves to small frequent meals in between feeding.
When poor milk supply continues to persist for more than a week after giving birth, it is advised that mothers get appropriate medical help.