“Nursing mothers always worry if their babies will have an ample supply of food in case there is a sudden decrease of breast milk production. They dread the possibility of switching to formula milk once their breast milk production starts to decline. The first thing they should realize is to ease their worries away because that wouldn’t help in increasing their breast milk production considering there are a lot of simple ways to alleviate the situation.
An easy way to increase breast milk production is to let the baby keep on feeding every time he or she wants to. Babies should and could breast feed as long as they want. The mammary glands in turn will receive messages from the brain to produce more milk if there is a frequent feeding for the baby.
There should be a lot of intake of fluids so that there is adequate breast milk production. There should be a direct proportion of intake of liquids to match the amount the baby consumes from your body. Your diet should include enough protein and fat. You should be aware of your weight because if there is a sudden decrease, it may lead to a decline in breast milk production.
Try to get some ample sleep, but if Mr. Sandman cannot be around, at least try to stay relax and calm. The feeling of ease and peace of mind helps in increasing breast milk production. Try also to keep on bonding with the baby, try holding the baby while he or she is sleeping, because through these bonding moments, it can increase oxytocin production.
Do not limit yourself to one breast during feeding. Make sure the baby nurse at the first breast as long as possible until the baby slows down or stops sucking, then that’s the time to switch the baby to the second breast. Proper latch is important so that the baby can feed properly and in turn, it also helps in increasing breast milk production. The baby’s lips should be located on the areola part of the breast and beyond the nipple.
While resting after feeding, try to pump the breast for five to ten minutes for stimulation and this would help in increasing breast milk production. The objective of this exercise is to stimulate the organs to increase breast milk production.
Try calling a lactation specialist if you ever need one in assisting you with the proper latching and feeding patterns.”