5 Quick Tips for Boosting Breast Milk Production Naturally
The American Academy of Pediatrics suggest that mothers breastfeed their babies for at least 12 months. New moms who are breastfeeding for the first time might find themselves asking how to increase their milk supply at some point.
In this Baby Care Weekly article, we’ll discuss the different ways that you can naturally boost your breast milk production. Follow these helpful tips!
1. Keep nursing your baby
The most basic and natural way to stimulate milk production is to nurse baby as much as possible when he is actively nursing. That’s right! Breastfeeding your baby frequently will naturally stimulate your body to produce more breast milk. Some moms even recommend going on a “nursing vacation” or just staying in bed for 2-3 days to just focus on nursing baby during this time.
Forget about any strict nursing routines and feed your baby when he gets hungry. Be close and available as much as possible so you can nurse your baby when he gets hungry.
2. Prioritize breastfeeding over pumping
Your body is just learning to establish and adapt your milk supply during the first few weeks of breastfeeding so it is important to let baby feed through your breasts as much as possible. Your baby will empty your breast quicker and more efficiently than a pump so your body will naturally respond to these hunger signals by producing more milk.
Water is always crucial to having good health so make sure you drink the right amount of water every day. Don’t over-hydrate as this can diminish milk production. Pediatricians recommend drinking an 8 ounce of water every time you breastfeed.
It’s easy for new moms to get caught up in the hullabaloo of having a new baby so make sure you always have drinking water available in the places where you breastfeed. You should also carry a water bottle whenever you go out and hydrate when necessary. Proper hydration will not only help your breast milk production, it will promote better digestive health.
4. Eat a balanced diet
Breastfeeding mothers need more calories but make sure these calories are nutritious. Mothers who are exclusively breastfeeding need to get about 300 to 500 calories daily more than what is necessary to keep your weight before pregnancy. Make sure these calories are healthy calories so you and your baby are properly nourished.
Avoid processed food and junk and go for healthy balanced meals rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grains.
5. Rest and Relax
Sleep deprivation is an expected part of becoming a new parent but this shouldn’t be an excuse for you not to rest and relax. Stress and lack of sleep can have a negative effect on your breast milk production. Find ways to manage stress and cut back on your commitments by asking help from your partner and friends during the first few weeks of nursing.
Important reminders for new moms who are new to breastfeeding:
- Many new moms worry that they might be producing enough breast milk. If your baby is active and regularly wetting his diapers than your breast milk supply is most likely normal.
- It can take a few days after giving birth for your milk supply to come in.
- Learn to identify your baby’s early hunger cues so you can prevent him from becoming cranky and upset. Crying is a late hunger cue.