My Breast Milk is Drying Up!
There is nothing more frustrating for breastfeeding mothers than fearing that your milk is drying up. While your breasts are designed to make as much milk as baby needs, this doesn’t always happen and some mothers feel that their breasts may have missed this memo. If your baby seems fuzzy at the breast, constantly wants more, is feeding for more than an hour per feed and is not gaining weight at a healthy weight, then these could be signs that your supply is a little low. However, keep in mind that many babies will have fussy periods during the day and may cluster feed. This does not mean that your milk is drying up but rather that your baby is doing what she is supposed to be doing – growing. So we’ve gathered the ten best tips on increasing your milk supply and gaining control of breastfeeding.
Feed baby as much as she wants. If she doesn’t seem interested in the breast, offer it to her every 2-3 hours to increase your supply. Offer both sides during each feeding.
Ensure Correct Attachment
A poor latch may be the reason for your low milk supply. Ask for support with breastfeeding through a lactation consultant or midwife in your area.
Express Between Feeds
A sure fire way to increase milk supply is to spend 5 to 10 minutes expressing after each feed. Yes, it can be time consuming doing this 8 to 12 times a day but it will work.
There are several herbal remedies that are given in a hope to increase your supply of milk. Fenugreek is one that comes highly recommended and is often prescribed by doctors. You will need to take the capsules three times a day and, if it will work for you, the supply should improve by the third day. Make sure you seek medical advice first though!
Avoid the Dummy
While it may be a lifesaver for you, giving bubby the dummy will reduce her need to take the breast and thus reduce your milk production as well.
Consider Raspberry Red Tea
Another herbal remedy that has been suggested to increase breast milk is raspberry red tea. You can drink this or purchase tablets from the chemist.
Many mothers swear that porridge is the one thing that increased their milk supply. While there are no proven medical studies suggesting this is the case, there is no harm in trying. After all, porridge is a healthy and affordable option for many meals.
Another unproven method that some mothers swear by is to have one beer or stout a day. Brewer’s Yeast, a main ingredient in beer, has been suggested to increase milk flow. Bottoms up! Of course drinking your 8 glasses of water per day will also help – most breastfeeding Mums are thirstier than usual as their bodies are busy making and storing milk!
A low supply of breast milk can leave you feeling stressed and upset. This can impact how your baby behaves as well. Always consult your doctor if your baby is not putting on weight, if he/she is unsettled most of the day or if he/she is not having 6-8 wet nappies each day.
This post originally appeared on www.stayathomemum.com.au/my-kids/feeding-and-eating/my-breast-milk-is-drying-up/
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