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If you are breastfeeding, you have probably wondered at least once whether you are producing enough milk for your little one or if you are underfeeding them. It is totally understandable and almost all nursing mothers will have this exact concern. It’s natural to worry about the growth of our babies, but you shouldn’t let it stress you out.
In case you notice a decrease in supply, know that it will not stay that way and it can be increased back. Setting out with an optimistic mindset is the very first step to take!
Some mothers start out having high production which slowly decreases and becomes low. Some can’t produce enough and have to supplement the lack of milk with formula instead. Over the years, researches have shown that breastfeeding actually requires a proper tactic!
What if we say there are various things like your confinement diet plan that can help in boosting your milk production? That’s right! If the correct measures are followed, you will most likely see an increase in your milk production.
Here are a few methods and pointers that you can try out if your milk production has been low or if you feel that you haven’t been producing enough milk for your baby.
Demand & Supply
The magical thing about your body is that it has its own way of adjusting milk supply according to how much your baby needs. In other words, it is a matter of demand and supply. Your body will keep producing milk as long as it is needed.
In the beginning, your body starts out by producing more milk than necessary, and soon after begins to adjust its supply based on how much is consumed. So how do you ‘tell’ your body that it needs to produce more milk?
If you want to increase the supply, nurse more often or try pumping more often. This gives a signal that there is a demand for production and your body will continue producing more milk.
Hydration is key and this holds true no matter what we are talking about! Dry skin? Hydrate. Dull complexion? Hydrate! Low milk supply? You guessed it – hydrate! In fact, if you are not consuming enough fluids, you can almost see the immediate effects of the decrease in your milk supply.
Now, the good thing is, your fluids do not hof fluids to choosed from. You can have more of other drinks, soups, and even certain fruits that can boost hydration such as watermelon, strawberries, and coconut water!
Modify Your Diet
The food you consume plays an essential part in your milk production, especially within the first month after childbirth which is also known as the confinement month. As breastfeeding starts soon after birth, you will need to ensure that the food consumed during your confinement has all the necessary ingredients and nutrition to aid in your milk production. But how to know which ones are the best confinement food for breastfeeding? Confinement meal caterers like Tian Wei Signature advocates breastfeeding and their meals are specifically planned to help in boosting milk supply. We include various lactogenic herbs and ingredients like fish, fenugreek, beans, green papaya, and lotus root which are known to increase milk production.
Certain ingredients like garlic can affect the odour and flavour of breast milk. If you look some garlic in your meals, good news, your baby will most likely like it as well! Studies have shown that babies of mothers who consume garlic latch on longer and more frequently. Due to this, your body receives a signal that more milk needs to be produced, resulting in more production! As breast milk production largely depends on your fluid intake, we also try to keep your daily drink as tasty yet healthy as possible to ensure you are well hydrated. For that, we serve red dates tea for breastfeeding as well as promoting proper blood circulation purposes.
Refrain from offering your baby pacifiers to delay feed
Babies somehow know when they are hungry and will give our cues such as crankiness, fussing or crying. Try to avoid offering them pacifiers if you feel that it is too early for feeding. The fact is, breast milk digests faster than formula, so your baby tends to get hungry faster when he/she is breastfed compared to feeding him/her formula. If your baby is breastfed, then he/she should be fed whenever he/she wants to. Feeding shouldn’t be replaced with an empty teat just to delay feeding time. You will find that the more often you nurse, the higher your milk production will be as it gives your body the signal that milk is being emptied much quicker and the body must increase production.
In conclusion, there are a number of ways to aid in increasing milk production. Try out these methods and let us know if it helped in improving your milk production!
If you prefer the method of modifying your diet and unsure where to start, you can give our meals a try! We are always one call away, available daily to assist you!