(WellnessNova.com) - Becoming a mother is not an easy task. Being solely responsible for a tiny little human is difficult enough. To have to worry about lactation is just something you shouldn’t have to deal with. You should be sure that you are following these basic steps to adequately produce milk, you should rest properly, drink plenty of water (at least 64 ounces a day), maintain a nutritious, healthy diet and nurse frequently. If you are following most of those steps, yet still feel a dip in your milk supply, you should definitely go ahead and try the following ten things that a lactating mother should know:
One of the key steps to keeping your breasts stimulated to produce milk, is to pump between nursing times. Another option is that you can pump to drain your milk supply right after feeding your baby. Keep doing it even after no more milk comes out because the stimulation helps with producing more milk for later. Pumping has numerous health benefits for the mom as well. It helps with delayed fertility and plays a part is reducing the chances of breast, ovarian or endometrial cancers. Pumping stimulates lactation which prevents excessive postpartum bleeding.
2. Switch Breast While Pumping:
While nursing, it is a good idea to change breasts frequently to keep your baby from falling asleep before being fed properly. Switching breasts simulates your body to produce milk as it is the signal your body receives from the stimulation. It is fairly significant to switch breasts, especially during the first few weeks after childbirth, it helps in training your body to produce milk when stimulated.
3. Breast Compression
A very significant action you must do for better blood circulation to the breasts for adequate milk supply. It is a way for the flow of milk to continue even when the baby is lightly suckling on your breasts. You can start by using a warm compress beforehand feeding sessions to improve blood circulation to your breasts. This can be achieved by massaging your breasts with a warm cloth, for five to ten minutes, prior to feeding your baby.
4. Eat Fenugreek Seeds
It is a great way to stimulate milk-producing glands. Although fenugreek seeds contain phytoestrogens which help in the increase of the production of milk, it also stimulates the sweat glands. Fenugreek is also a good tool for controlling blood glucose levels, it should be known that nursing mothers with hypoglycemia or diabetes be aware of this effect of fenugreek if it is their galactagogue of choice.
5. Drink Mother’s Milk Tea
This tea contains fenugreek which as you already know is a galactagogue, therefore it increases your milk supply. Mother’s milk tea is an easy and efficient way to boost milk supply. You can drink it mixed with milk or brew it as a tea.
6. Eat Lactation Cookies
They are an easy and yummy way to improve your lactation. The ingredients in these cookies are galactagogues. Many naturally occurring herbs and foods are galactagogues, such as, flaxseed meal, whole oats, wheat germ and brewer’s yeast. Wheat germ contains zinc, which is beneficial for the immune system and prevents cracked nipples. Oats are also important, as they are high in fiber, full of iron and protein. Low levels of iron can cause a deficiency in the milk supply. Lactation cookies are not only specific for nursing moms but anyone can eat them as they are high in nutrients everyone needs.
7. Eat Fennel Seeds
These seeds are an excellent galactagogue, they increase the production of milk. Breastfeeding mothers often run low on milk production and this is an easy and entirely natural way to increase production. Fennel seeds also help the little ones by aiding digestion and preventing colic pain.
8. Take Cinnamon
A spice you probably were not expecting for lactation supply. Cinnamon helps increase the secretion of breast milk. When nursing, some mothers eat cinnamon as a way to improve or change the flavor of breast milk, which has proved as something many babies like. Cinnamon also prevents early conception and delays menstruation after childbirth. Cinnamon can be eaten in a number of different ways, one of the most popular is, a pinch of ground cinnamon with a teaspoon of honey.
9. Take Garlic
Another helpful galactagogue, it is great for stimulating lactation. Mothers who eat garlic while nursing have been able to breastfeed for longer periods of times, babies seem to like the flavor as well.
10. Eat Cumin Seeds
Not only are they able to stimulate the production of milk, which is great because stimulation is an important factor when breastfeeding. Cumin seeds also play a role in improving digestion and often times provide relief from bloating, constipation or acidity. You can eat cumin seeds with milk, one teaspoon of cumin powder and one teaspoon of sugar in one cup of milk.