Often, many young mothers find themselves in situations where they have to deal with a lack of breast milk. “Does my baby get enough milk?” – this question was asked at least once by every mother whose child is breastfed.
Milk suddenly becomes scarce, a starving child wakes up crying every hour, drinks milk and cries again in half an hour. Do not be scared and do not run to the store for the mixture. There are many safe ways to keep you lactating and your baby to enjoy breastfeeding happily ever after.
The basis of breastfeeding
Mother and child is a perfect system invented by nature. The main way to increase lactation was and remains a long stay of the baby near the mother’s breast. Stop feeding by the hour, if any. Let the baby suckle the breast for as long and as often as he wants. Night time is considered the main hours for milk production.
Feel free to feed your baby at night. Many pediatricians for long-term feeding recommend co-sleeping so that the baby can be fed at any time convenient for him. If this option suits you – try it!
Breastfeeding mother’s diet
The first recommendation that must be strictly followed is to eat well and varied in the process of breastfeeding. Forget about all diets and calories. Meals should be predominantly meat and dairy products, and not quick snacks. Porridges, cottage cheese, cheeses, broths – these are your best friends throughout the entire period of breastfeeding.
However, do not forget about the tendency of babies to allergic manifestations, therefore, when compiling the menu of a nursing mother, one should adhere to the principle of “do no harm” and carefully introduce new dishes. Food should be simple, but of high quality.
Increase the amount of liquid you drink. Drink warm fruit drinks, compotes, teas (preferably herbal ones). If possible, give up coffee and cocoa – the caffeine contained there dulls the feeling of hunger, in addition, it can have an exciting effect on the child’s nervous system.
The daily routine of a nursing woman
Often the cause of a lack of milk is banal fatigue and lack of sleep. For the recovery period, put aside all pressing matters and problems, rest, walk a lot, get enough sleep – nothing terrible will happen in 2-3 days, and this will only affect the feeding and quality of milk in the best way.
Reduce cleaning to the necessary minimum, use modern devices to make your household chores easier, save your time in order to devote it to your baby and rest.
Correct posture and application
These factors are of great importance. After all, breastfeeding your baby in an uncomfortable position, you will strain, and the baby will interrupt feeding ahead of time. There are many options for poses for feeding a baby, try, experiment, and you will definitely find your pose.
You also need to learn how to put the baby to the chest. Wait until the baby’s mouth opens wide and give him the breast. The baby should grasp the areola with a radius of at least 2.5 centimeters. Make sure that his lips are not tucked inward.
From time immemorial, in the villages, all children were exclusively breastfed, our great-grandmothers did not know the problem of lack of milk. If this happened, they resorted to ancient, proven means – herbs and treatment with infusions from them. For this, infusions of dill, fennel or anise were used. These herbs are powerful.
Now lactogenic teas can be bought at any pharmacy. The choice is varied – for every taste and budget. However, remember that before using any folk remedy, you should consult your doctor.
The simplest and most harmless recipe is to prepare an herbal infusion of dill or fennel. 1 tablespoon of chopped herbs is poured with 1 cup of boiling water or infused in a water bath. The resulting broth is filtered and taken before each feeding. It is recommended to drink at least 1 glass of infusion per day.
You can try the so-called “grandma’s way” – before each feeding, drink a glass of hot tea with condensed milk or just hot tea with milk and sugar. Our grandmothers advised to feed the child after such a manipulation, putting their feet on a warm heating pad or in a basin of hot water.
Massage to stimulate breast milk production
Another effective way to increase lactation is breast massage. Massage should be performed with light stroking movements, starting from the upper chest, making circular movements. Make sure that the massage movements do not cause you pain or discomfort.
Finally, run your fingers down your chest in a light patting motion. The duration of the procedure is 2-3 minutes, this is enough to relieve tension and stimulate milk flow. Then you can take a warm shower.
Pharmaceutics offers a wide range of pharmacological preparations to increase lactation. Pharmacies offer such products as Mlekoin or Apilak. They do no harm, tested by many mothers, often come to the rescue in situations where there is a little lack of milk.
With a pronounced lack of milk, which is systematic, nicotinic acid is prescribed in a tablet three times a day. However, we strongly recommend that you consult your doctor before using any means.
All tips and recipes provided are recommendations only. Remember that the most important thing in the process of establishing breastfeeding is your indispensable desire to breastfeed your child. After all, whatever modern advertising says, mother’s milk is the best and healthiest food for a little person.
Breastfeeding is not just useful, it greatly contributes to the rapprochement of mother and child, forms confidence and a sense of security in the little crumbs.