Increasing Low Milk Supply
Many new mothers worry about the quality and quantity of their breast milk. They worry that their milk might be inadequate for the needs of their baby. In fact, this is rare, but if you are worried, it is good to know some methods of how to increase breast milk supply.
Here are some tips on how to increase breast milk supply.
Firstly, Continue to Monitor Your Baby’s Weight.
If he is losing weight, this could signal a problem and you might want to consider some of the following ways of how to increase breast milk supply.
Take Care of Yourself
Make sure to eat a healthy and balanced diet and exercise regularly. It can be hard to get enough sleep when you are a new mom, but get as much as you can. A healthy mother will be more likely to produce healthy breast milk.
Feed Your Baby Frequently
Don’t try to limit the amount of breast milk your baby consumes. Try to fit in at least eight feeds a day, and let him suckle until he wants to stop.
Offer Both Breasts
Let your baby feed from both breasts, switching breasts when your baby shows signs of slowing down on one breast. This will give your baby more of the higher calorie hind milk as well as stimulating both breasts to continue adequate production.
Avoid Using Bottles and Pacifiers
If you introduce too many different things to suck on, your baby may have trouble switching between the bottle and the breast, especially when they are young.
Use a Bouble Breast Pump After Feeding
If you double pump for 5-10 minutes after feeding your baby, you can increase your milk supply. Use the breast pump on maximum if your nipples aren’t too sore.
Finally, remember that every baby and every mother is different and so don’t worry if your baby feeds less than someone else’s baby. Don’t compare your nursing patterns, your baby’s weight gain or sleeping habits to any other baby’s. Also remember that if your baby wants to feed a lot, it doesn’t mean that your milk is inadequate, it just means that he is growing and needs it. And always remember that if you are concerned about your baby’s development, consult your health care professional.