There is nothing more frustrating in your breastfeeding journey than not being able to keep up with the demand of a newborn or infant. No matter what you are eating or drinking throughout the day, it seems like it isn’t boosting your milk production very much, if at all. What are some ways that you can increase breast milk production so you can continue on with the process instead of switching over to formula?
Luckily, there are a few tips to try out when you are struggling to increase the milk flow. They aren’t guaranteed to work for every women, but if you really want to continue on with nursing, then they are at least worth a try. And even if these tips don’t work for you, know that you tried and that every day of breast milk your baby was given, it is beneficial to them. Following are some tips that you can use alone or in conjunction with others.
What Fluids are you taking in?
- The first thing you need to do is evaluate the fluids going in to your body. Since you are producing milk for your little one, you will need above average intake for yourself in order to keep producing. The fluids you should be ingesting include milk, water, juices and flavored water. Caffeinated drinks like coffee and soda should be avoided, as the caffeine can be passed on to the baby through your system. The excess sugar in soda isn’t the best for your baby to have either. Another item to avoid in your fluids includes alcohol. Alcohol can be passed to your body through you milk, so you don’t want them getting any of that in the process.
Are you back on the pill?
- Another thing you should check on is your contraceptive method. Are you taking a birth control pill again? There are some birth control pills that actually start the process of drying up milk or limit the production of it when they are used shortly after pregnancy. Check with your doctor to see if the kind you are on could possibly be limiting your milk production. There are lots of types of birth control, so your doctor could easily switch you to another prescription.
Your diet is so important!
- Are you eating a balanced diet? Are you still taking the pre-natal vitamins that the doctor prescribed? Even though you are no longer pregnant, your body can benefit from the pre-natal vitamins as a way to boost milk production. If your pre-natal vitamins are out, then an over the counter vitamin will work well too. Any vitamin is better than taking nothing. Having the proper balance of vitamin and nutrients will keep your body healthy as it works harder to produce the milk. If the nutrients are depleted, the milk production might suffer as a result.
- Even though new mothers like to get their body back, sometimes it isn’t an advantage to do rigorous workouts when you are nursing. The physical exertion could do a few things, such as cause your milk to leak during workouts. If the exercising is heavy, it could also work against your body and start to dry up the milk from the ducts since it is fluid in the body and you are working on the calorie reserves and it gets burned up.
If none of the above seem to increase breast milk production, then you can consult with a lactate specialist or even your doctor to see if they have more suggestions. If the milk simply doesn’t return in full force, then you might need to supplement with formula to ensure that baby is getting the proper amount of formula to stay full and fed.