Many new mums, especially first time mums, often faced with the frustration of low supply of breast milk to feed their Newborn assume that they are unable to produce enough breast milk to feed their babies. This is a situation that’s not healthy for any mum to experience because no woman will be happy seen her newborn baby crying for food and unable to provide it.
A survey was carried out and the result revealed that low milk supply is always one of the top reasons why mothers quit breastfeeding and switch to formula However if your healthy baby is losing weight, or not gaining enough, you need to determine why your milk supply is low, and take steps to increase it.
ways to naturally increase breast milk supply for new mum:
As long as your baby is growing and gaining enough weight, you can be confident that your milk supply enough for him or her.
Below are Natural ways for New mums to increase low breast milk supply.
- Breastfeed frequently
Lactation experts recommend that mothers breastfeed as often as their baby wants to. The more often you feed your baby and completely drain your breasts, the more milk you’ll produce.
- Pump milk out when you cannot breastfeed
Many working women complain that their milk supplies decreases when they resumed work after maternity leave but this is usually because they’re not pumping enough. You should try to pump at the same time your baby usually feeds. This will help maintain or regulate your milk supply as your body trains itself to produce milk on demand. It is also useful to pump right after you breastfeed to make sure your breasts are completely drained.
- Latching on is the way your baby takes your nipple and areola into her mouth to suckle. If your baby’s latch isn’t right, he or she won’t be able to take in enough milk and your supply can decrease. To improve the
latch, make sure your baby is awake and ready to nurse before feeding.
If your baby is not properly latched on to your breast, feedings could be painful.
HOW TO PROPERLY LATCH ON? · Once your baby is in the right position , hold your breast with your free hand. · Place your thumb above your nipple and areola at the spot where your baby’s nose will touch your breast. Your index finger should be in the spot where your baby’s chin will touch the breast. · Lightly compress your breast, giving it a shape more closely resembling your baby’s mouth. · Bringing your baby to your breast, stroke his cheek to allow the rooting reflex to kick in, and turn his mouth toward your breast; then tickle his lips with your nipple until his mouth is open wide (like a yawn). · Quickly bring him to the breast (without pushing or squashing his head), allowing him to take your nipple and areola into his mouth. (he won’t get the entire areola in his mouth, especially if yours is large, and that’s okay — as long as he grabs onto a good part of it.) · You’ll know you’ve got a proper latch if your baby’s chin and tip of his nose are touching your breast. You’ll also notice his lips flanged out (like a fish) instead of being tucked in. · Let the feeding begin. Once you’ve got the proper latch, your baby will fall right into the rhythmic suck-swallow-breath pattern of suckling.
- Avoid the pacifier and bottle.
Introducing a pacifier or bottle right after your baby is born would reduce the number of opportunities to feed your baby and maintain an adequate milk supply. Experts advice mothers to wait at least three or four weeks until milk supply has been established before introducing pacifiers or bottles.
- Reduce stress.
Stress can definitely affect milk supply, especially for moms with babies who are ill. If issues arise like your baby has a sudden health problem or needs surgery, you could see a sudden decrease in your milk supply. If you are feeling stressed make sure you get enough sleep, use relaxation techniques and try to find ways to deal with the stress.
- Drink plenty of water. Your body can’t make milk if you’re dehydrated.
- Get as much restorative nightly sleep as you can and nap during the day when the baby is sleeping.