You have decided to breastfeed exclusively, but are concerned that you may not have enough milk. The defect in milk production can be remedied naturally. Some drugs also work very well. To get past this fear of not having enough milk, browse the tips we offer.
How to recognize that baby wants to suckle?
When breast milk production is insufficient, your baby may always be hungry and thus become irritable. The maternal body is programmed to nourish the child after the 9 months during which he was nourished from the inside. Unless there is an illness, the fear of not having the milk necessary for baby’s growth is therefore unfounded. Stimulation of milk production is possible.
Already, just after birth, breastfeeding in the first hours is essential. Then, as soon as the baby shows that he is hungry, he should be breastfed immediately. How will you know when your child needs to eat? He fidgets, makes suction movements with his mouth, opens it then closes it. He can also make lateral movements with the head. More restless babies put their fists in their mouths.
Producing more milk: the law of supply and demand
Milk production depends on the baby’s demand and the mother’s ability to cope. The more the baby asks to suckle, the more milk the mammary gland will produce. If the mother is unable to provide milk every time the baby shows a desire to suckle, milk production will decrease. For production to be sufficient, it will therefore be necessary to increase the feeding frequencies.
During the weeks following birth, the baby will want to suck more than 10 times a day. At this point, no other drink is necessary since the water in breast milk also quenches your thirst. These early stages define the baby’s rhythm and regulate the mother’s milk production rate. By adding other liquids, you risk modifying the consistency between supply and demand. Pacifiers to calm the baby will also have a negative effect on the production of breast milk.
Producing more milk through massage
The back massage technique relaxes the mother and helps her produce oxytocin, a hormone that stimulates milk production. Get help from your companion. Sitting in front of the table, arms placed above and head tilted above, or sitting astride with arms on the backrest, ask your companion to massage your back. He will have to make circles around the spine going from the neck to the lower back, then going in the opposite direction. This back massage helps unclog the mammary gland in the event of obstruction, and facilitates the flow of milk.
Produce more milk through skin-to-skin contact
It may happen that milk is lacking because the baby’s demand is lower than normal, that is to say less than 8 feedings per day. If you want to increase your milk production, practice “skin against skin”. Place your child on your chest so that it takes advantage of the heat and gets closer to the smell of your body. It will reach the breast more easily by reflex.
Skin-to-skin contact is possible day and night. Indeed, nocturnal feedings are to be preferred because of the rise in the level of prolactin, another hormone which triggers the production of milk produced in greater quantity at night.
Producing more milk through proper nutrition
By respecting a nutritional balance thanks to varied meals, you will have enough milk. You will get vitamins and nutrients from your food. A rich diet is enough for adequate milk production, making vitamin supplements superfluous. Choose ripe fruits and vegetables. Even if a new mom’s caloric needs increase from 500 to 800 calories per day, it is not necessary to eat for two. If necessary, just grab a snack.
How can you be sure you are getting enough food while breastfeeding? Listen to your appetite and don’t hesitate to supplement your daily menu with fruit and vegetable snacks. They are preferable to pastries which will only increase your calorie intake without providing nutrients.
Produce more milk by alternating breasts
Known as “alternate breastfeeding”, this method involves breastfeeding your baby for a few minutes and then offering the other without waiting for the first to empty. This technique stimulates the production of oxytocin, then that of prolactin over time, and therefore breast milk.