One of the biggest concerns of new mothers is breastmilk production. Well, not to worry, you’ve come to the right article. Keep reading to find out how you can control and increase your breast milk the natural way here!
Why Is Breast Milk So Important?
According to the WHO, breast milk is the most ideal food for babies to consume. Breast Milk contains antibodies, and also provides the energy and nutrients a baby needs in their first months of life.
Breastmilk production needs to be maximised for a baby to consume an adequate amount. It goes without saying then, why mothers are so often worried about the production of their breast milk.
The American Journal of Public Health states that only 17% of American women comply with WHO recommendations in the first 6 months they breastfeed. Research from the CDC has also shown that one of the reasons mothers stop breastfeeding is because they feel they are not producing enough milk for their child.
What Causes Inadequate Breast Milk Production?
To fix a problem, you must first find out what is causing it. Here are some factors that could cause a mother to produce insufficient breast milk:-
- Emotions play a big part in affecting bodily functions, and feelings of stress, anxiety as well as shame or embarrassment can cause lowered breastmilk production, Mamas.
- Gestational diseases such as high blood pressure and diabetes, or reproductive imbalances like polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)
- Consumption of certain drugs that contain pseudoephedrine. This can be found in several types of medication, such as sinus medication and antihistamines. Aside from that, some hormonal contraceptives also have the same effect.
- Smoking and alcohol consumption. Both activities should be strictly avoided through pregnancy, all the way until after breastfeeding.
- Breast surgery, such as mastectomy or cyst removal.
8 Ways To Regulate Breast Milk Production
If Mama’s breast milk happens to run low, do not fret. This is usually temporary, and there are ways to overcome it.
1. Breastfeed as soon as possible
Try to start breastfeeding your baby as soon as you have given birth. Delaying or postponing this can cause a lack of milk supply in the body.
2. Breastfeed frequently
Each time Mama breastfeeds or pumps out milk from her breast helps trigger the release of hormones that are used to produce milk. The Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic & Neonatal Nursing (JOGNN) recommends mothers to breastfeed from 8 to 12 times daily to regulate milk production.
3. Pump milk from both breasts
Make sure to utilise both breasts when feeding your little one. Stimulation of breastfeeding on both breasts can help increase milk production. If your baby is full from being fed from one breast, try to pump out the milk from the other breast as well.
FYI, this is also one of the ways to prevent your breasts from swelling.
4. Avoid consuming specific medication, drinking and smoking
During the breastfeeding journey, it is important that a mother does not take any medication containing the substance pseudoephedrine. This can be found in sinus medication, as well as antihistamines and even hormonal contraceptives. Smoking is also a big no-no, whether Mama is breastfeeding or not.
5. Maintain a healthy lifestyle
Incorporate as many fruits and vegetables in your diet, as well as drinking plenty of water. Also, try not to stress out too much! Keeping a clear head will lower the likelihood of stunted milk production.
6. Power pumping
Power pumping is a timed breast pumping method recommended by Katie Page, a certified nurse and midwife from America. This entails pumping for an hour every day: pumping for 20 minutes, resting for 10 minutes, then alternating between 10 minutes of pumping and resting for the rest of the hour. Mama should do this for several days to encourage breast milk production in her body.
7. Proper latching during breastfeeding
Latching plays a huge part in affecting milk production. In fact, latching the nipple on the baby’s mouth in the correct position can prevent cuts, abrasions and pain on the nipple. Make sure the baby’s mouth enters all parts of the nipple. Proper latching method will definitely increase Mama’s milk production.
8. Breastfeed in a comfortable, relaxing environment
Make breastfeeding as comfortable of an experience as you can! Mama can breastfeed while listening to music she likes, as well as eat food that lifts her mood. Foods that can help to improve one’s mood include chocolate, bananas, and many other sweet treats.
9. Take a breast milk booster
Nutrients and foods such as almonds, katuk leaves, dates, fenugreek and DHA contain properties that are believed to be good stimulators for breast milk production. Lucky for you, Mama, the Mama’s Choice Almond Milk Booster has all these natural ingredients, and is sure to increase the amount of breast milk you can produce!
Our milk booster contains natural ingredients and most importantly, they are 100% halal! It is very helpful in improving the production and quality of the breast milk. It is also the first milk booster in Malaysia to combine both fenugreek and DHA. They are available in two delicious flavours: chocolate and matcha!
Our milk booster also plays a part in developing the little one’s brain! 🥰
This almond milk is produced in the form of a powder that is easy to mix. Mama just needs to pour 3-4 tablespoons into 150ml of warm water and mix until dissolved before consuming, twice a day.
So, after this Mama will have #OneLessWorry because our milk booster can help complete Mama’s nutritional needs in order to provide adequate and quality milk. Proven, this Mama’s Choice Almond Milk Booster contains 100% natural ingredients and is recognized as halal. So, it’s very safe to drink, Mama!
These are ways Mama can control and regulate her breast milk production. Best of luck to you and your baby in your breastfeeding journey, Mamas!
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