A Guide to Increase Your Breast Milk Supply

A Guide to Increase Your Breast Milk Supply

As a first time mom, I wanted to breastfeed my child. I felt it was my responsibility to provide food to my child and ensure that he gets the required nutrition. I must say that I was stressed but I was also motivated.

Initially, my milk supply was good but it dropped after a month, and I was forced to start formula milk for my baby, which I stopped after a month as there was a good amount of supply within a month. So mommies please don’t stress yourself and follow these tips to increase your breast milk supply. Breast milk can provide your baby with the nutrition he needs. So, try these tips.
  1. As 80% of the breast milk is water so you must drink at least 4 litres of water. The best way to make sure that you stay hydrated is by carrying a bottle with you wherever you go. A bottle in hand will be a constant reminder that you need to drink water and you will see the results immediately.
  1. Milk supply works as per the demand and supply ratio. The more the baby will suck, the more you will produce. But over here there is a catch. In my case, the production was more but my baby consumed less; hence, the supply dropped. Being a new mom, I wasn’t aware of this but then I visited a lactation consultant, and she helped me a lot. She told me what I should do to increase my breast milk supply. She introduced me to a breast pump which not only increases the breast milk production but it also helps store the breast milk, which can be used later. Initially, I was told to pump 6 times (every 3-4 hours) daily to increase the supply. Once the supply increased I gradually reduced it.
My child is 7 months old now and being a working mother, I pump 3 times and the expressed milk is stored and used in my absence. The expressed milk should be consumed within 6 hours. Your partner or your mother can also feed your baby when you are resting as your body also needs a lot of rest to help increase your supply. It also helps you recover ASAP.
Another rich source of iron to increase milk supply is a bowl full of oats for your breakfast. It works wonders for me. I also use other food supplements like I use to add moringa powder in my milk or curd.

I hope these tips will work for you just like they did for me.

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