How to maintain a good supply of breast milk for your newborn
It is very common that many new mothers will encounter shortage is supply of breast milk, not to worry, there are ways that we can slowly but surely increase the supply. Here are a few ways to do so.
Mothers need to stay hydrated, especially if they’re breastfeeding. A normal adult needs 8 glasses of water a day. Breastfeeding mums should take at least that amount plus a little more. To meet your hydration needs, you should take at least 1 glass of water after every breastfeeding session (which is 8 – 10 times a day).
Signs that you are not getting enough fluids include concentrated urine (darker, stronger smelling than usual) and constipation (hard, dry stools).
Enough Nutrients for Mummy
Breastfeeding moms require more calorie than an adult. Having the right balance and nutritious meal will definitely help to increase milk supply. Food such as fenugreek, oatmeal, lean meat, salmon, garlic, spinach and beet leaves and lactation cookies will help.
Add in vitamins such as Calcium, Vitamin D, Iron, Folic Acid, Omega 3 & 6 into your daily regime as it will also help to boost milk supply.
Squeeze your bootie dry
Milk production is a demand-supply system so the more often baby feeds, the more milk production occurs. When your breast is fully empty, it sends a message to your brain to produce more milk. When you baby completely empties a breast, they are sure to get all the foremilk and fatty hindmilk which is great for their development.
Nursing regularly will also increase your milk flow, we would recommend to feeding on demand. However, we understand that it is certainly not always possible, especially for working mom. Pumping and storing addition milk will be a good solution but do bear in mind not to over pump. Stay calm and maintain a positive attitude, do not stress and it will come to you naturally.