ExpertShyamala SathiaseelanLactation Educator and Counselor3 days ago
A. Dear Mamma,
why do you think your supply is low? Baby crying constantly, baby wanting to feed constantly, breasts feeling soft, breasts not leaking, not enough coming out when pumping are not indicators of supply.
Every mother has colostrum from the time she is 12 weeks pregnant unless there is a medical condition. The more the baby sucks in the initial stages, the quicker the more mature milk comes in and the brain gets a signal to produce more. Breastfeeding works on a demand and supply basis. The more you feed the more your body will produce. As long as the baby has a pee count of six-plus in twenty-four hours then your baby is getting enough.
During the early months, the baby cluster feeds (more feeding in the evening), there are growth spurts and sleep regressions and none of this is a sign of low supply. Your body automatically adjusts to baby's demand. Please provide plenty of skin to skin and unrestricted access to the breast and latch baby on frequently.
Swallowing a spoonful of raw methi seeds every day also helps, Please keep yourself well hydrated.
If you do want to give a top-up, avoid formula and give expressed milk using a spoon. And if you do want to use a bottle then please use the slowest flow nipple and follow paced bottle feeding so that baby does not go through nipple preference/ confusion.
Do talk to a lactation consultant if needed.
Do you hear your baby suck and swallow? Do you think there is a latch problem, in that case, check out Nipple Flipple technique on YouTube and also Health Spoken Tutorial - IIT Bombay for cross cradle latch and other useful videos that can help you.
Janani ViswanathanMom of 2 children3 days ago
A. The key is to feed frequently which will inturn increase your milk supply. Milk secretion increases based on demand. So more and more your baby sucks or tries to feed ur milk supply will increase. Garlic or Garlic milk, fenugreek seeds, nuts, oats, green leafy vegetables, ridge gourd, bottle gourd, pumpkin, pulses. Including these in your daily diet can increase milk supply. Also check with your gynecologist and get some supplement like galact granules prescribed. It can also increase breastmilk.