TIPS ON HOW TO INCREASE MILK SUPPLY FOR YOUR NEWBORN

21 March 2012 by , No Comments

Mothers are the only sources of nourishment of newborn infants. It is highly recommended that they feed from their mothers 8 to 16 times a day. That’s a lot of milk to demand from a set of mammary glands. But most of the time a post-partum woman can provide the high amounts of milk that their baby demands from them.

 

However, there are times when it seems like your ability to produce milk decreased under its normal production output. When this happens, the first thing that you should do is seek the advice of health care professionals. They can provide you with the possible causes of low milk supply and solutions to increase the milk production through natural and safe means.

 

•BREASTFEED ON CUE

 

You cannot schedule a newborn’s feeding pattern. This is one of the basic principles that you should bear in mind when you’re breastfeeding. Just provide and feed your newborn when they show signs of hunger. This will stimulate milk production to the extent that your body will automatically know that the milk ducts need to be refilled and supplied with more milk on a continuous basis.

 

•LET YOUR PEDIATRICIAN ASSESS YOUR LATCHING TECHNIQUE

 

There will be instances when you feel like you’re providing your newborn with enough milk because you have low milk supply. But most of the time, this is not the case. Most women have normal milk production mechanism which makes low milk supply a rather serious problem for both the mother and her newborn baby.

 

Most mothers who are worried about low milk production should check in with their pediatricians first before they drink milk production supplements. Most of the time, low milk supply is due to improper positioning and latching techniques. This can be well avoided if you go to your newborn’s pediatrician to check in if your latching technique is correct and is supplying your baby with sufficient amounts of milk during feeding time.

 

Eighty percent of the time, low milk supply from the mother to the baby is due to improper and wrong latching techniques. This can be resolved easily by the pediatrician by fine tuning positioning the mother at a comfortable level while at the same time making sure that the baby gets the most out of the feeding session as well.

 

•EAT RIGHT AND HYDRATE YOUR SYSTEM REGULARLY

 

Low milk production can directly be the mother’s fault if she doesn’t take care of her body. Eating the right types of food in right amounts will aid in the production of more milk. Hydration is also crucial to stimulate production of more milk for the newborn baby. Insufficient supply of both food and water for the mother will naturally result to poor milk production.

 

Remember that you’re not the only one who will benefit from eating right and hydrating adequately. You have a newborn baby to feed as well. Eat and drink like you’re still pregnant. Try to eat in excess as well and hydrate as much as you can so more liquid can be combined with the different components that make up breast milk. Undernourished mothers will obviously be unable to meet the nutritional demands of their infants.

 

If this is the case, certain mothers will resort to feeding their newborns with milk formulas. This isn’t bad parenting people! It is the next best alternative when you have low milk supply. But make a conscious effort to bring up your weight within the normal range so you can continue breastfeeding your child at the soonest possible time.

 

•TAKE MEDICATIONS ONLY WHEN PRESCRIBED

 

If you’re really not producing a steady supply of milk for your newborn child, your doctor might prescribe you to drink medications which induce milk production and supply. Take them only when prescribed. If you don’t know the cause of your low milk supply, don’t be a know-it-all and ask for some medication from friends with similar problems. This might result to some problems in the normal mechanism of your milk production. It is then imperative to always seek professional advice before taking any milk producing medications.

 

Increasing the supply of milk when breastfeeding can be as easy as fixing your latching technique to increasing your caloric intake to naturally induce the production of breast milk.

 

If the problem is deeper than those mentioned above, it’s crucial to always seek for a professional’s help and advice before taking any medications to increase milk production and supply for your newborn child.

 

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