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Increasing milk production in breastfeeding

For most mothers their milk production is adequate for their babies feeding habits. This is because as breastfeeding progresses, the mother and the infant are usually able to fall into their own rhythm and balance. However, some mothers do experience an inadequacy of milk supply and need assistance in increasing their milk flow. This can be done with the assistance of a lactation specialist or the implementation of some steps outlined below.

Milk supply problem

Before performing the steps, you have to confirm whether or not you really have low milk supply problem. You can determine this fact by observing your milk let down reflex as well as the attitude of your infant after each feeding session. Does he seems satisfied and filled up? Or is he unstill, restless and demand another feed. If you experience this often, then probably you have a low milk supply case. The best way is to turn to a lactation specialist. She can help by giving you professional advice to help increase your milk flow. The specialist will also try to help in determining the cause of your low milk supply.

In the meantime, you can perform the following steps that will help improve your milk flow.

Feeding intervals

Maintain a closely spaced feeding interval. This means that you should breast feed at least every hour and a half and every three hours during sleeping hours. If your baby is asleep during the scheduled feeding you can opt for pumping out the milk. This process helps to stimulate the breast to produce more milk because a larger volume is expressed.

Change from one breast to the other every other feeding. This will make sure that both breasts are equally stimulated to produce milk and that it has time to store adequate amount of milk before your baby feeds on it.

Continue breastfeeding your baby until he pulls away or falls asleep. Also, it would be helpful if you continue to pump your breasts with the use of a pump for 5 to 10 minutes after your baby has fed. This ensures prolonged stimulation and can train your breasts to produce more milk in the process. Also, try to avoid offering other food items to your baby as this can distract your baby from breastfeeding and will cost you important milk let down stimulation.

Rest is also very important in the adequate production of breast milk. Try lying down on your bed with your baby. The ‘skin-to-skin’ contact may help you get stimulated to produce more milk. You can also snack on high protein and high calcium items in order to help fortify the milk you produce and also give you enough energy.

Fluids are always considered to be good for the body, but there has been no evidence that increasing your fluid intake will increase your breast milk production. In fact it can go the other way as your body may try to excrete the excess fluid in your system through urine. The best thing you can do then is to take as much fluid as you need and no more, just drink enough to satisfy your thirst.

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