Stimulating lactation is a common concern of many breastfeeding mothers. Many women who breastfeed, for some reason or another, have less milk. Lowering lactation can occur for many reasons: stress, restarting the service or even the sudden increase of the baby. Stimulation of lactation can occur by increasing the number of meals of the baby, using the breast pump, a balanced diet and even a few moments of relaxation.
Fortunately, there are a few steps you can take to prevent the decrease of milk secretion and even to increase it:
- Drink plenty of water and stay hydrated throughout the day. A good habit is to drink a glass of water while breastfeeding.
The fact that you will drink a lot of fluids will not make you produce more milk, but will restore the amount of fluid lost.
- Increases daily caloric intake. Breastfeeding consumes about 500 calories a day. Breastfeeding women should consume between 1800-2200 calories per day to maintain their milk secretion level. Less than 1500-1800 calories per day can decrease milk secretion and lead to a decrease in calories from breast milk.
Make sure you eat lots of fruits, vegetables, and foods high in protein. Women who have drastic diets while trying to lose weight while breastfeeding may eat less calories, which will give them a feeling of fatigue and they will not have the energy they need for optimal milk production.
- Rest and relax. It's easier said than done, but find time to take a nap during the day when you and your baby sleep. Find ways to eliminate some of the things you have to do daily. Hire a woman to help you if you can't handle it (and allow yourself financially). Ask your partner to help you with your child while you are sleeping.
- Avoid supplementing with milk formula or juice because this way your baby will feed less from your breast and the milk secretion will decrease even more.
- Before breastfeeding, try to take a deep breath, sit in a comfortable place, put on some relaxing music and massage your breasts for a few minutes.
- Breastfeed or use the pump at least 8-12 times a day.
- Give your baby both breasts each time you breastfeed.
Stimulation of lactation with the help of the breast pump
In many cases, the baby cannot or does not want to breast feed. In these cases you can stimulate milk secretion with the help of the breast pump. Using an automatic double pump 8-12 times a day is ideal for restoring milk levels.
Follow the tips below to maximize pump effects:
- It activates the milk release reflex.
- Uses the power of medium level suction. You should not feel pain when using the pump.
- Massage your breast when using the pump.
- Allow enough time for this activity so that you do not feel stressed.
- Do not use the pump for long periods of time. It is ideal to use it less and more often.
Increased milk secretion with the help of medicinal plants
Studies in the field of medicinal plants to increase milk secretion are not very conclusive, but many mothers have been pleased with the use of herbs for this purpose, saying that milk secretion has increased significantly.
Below are some herbal remedies for increasing milk secretion:
- Medicinal teas to increase milk secretion.
- Cranberry capsules. Take three capsules three times a day for ten days, stay on two capsules three times a day for the next ten days and then one capsule three times a day for another ten days.
Mothers who used the capsule capsule observed an increase in lactation after 72 hours. The most common side effects are excessive sweating and secretions that smell of maple syrup.
Pill capsules are not recommended for women who suffer from diabetes (because they can lower blood sugar) or asthma (they can aggravate the symptoms). Consult a doctor before you start taking capsules.
Foods to stimulate lactation
There has long been the idea that certain foods consumed help stimulate lactation. Many of these ideas are just "cures", without a scientific basis for them. However, there are a few things you can do to stimulate lactation.
Beer as a stimulant to lactation
Breastfeeding mothers were often recommended for breastfeeding stimulation and relaxation. But studies have shown that beer does not help increase lactation. At one point a study was made comparing alcoholic and non-alcoholic beers. It seems that mothers who drank alcohol produced more milk, but the baby drank less.
There is also the danger that alcohol may pass through milk to the child. Another study showed that babies whose mothers drank more than two glasses of alcohol a day had slower motor development. Another danger related to alcohol consumption is that it prevents the mother from caring for her child properly.
Stress can adversely affect milk production, but drinking a beer is not the best way to relax. Find an alternative way to rest and relax. However, you are much more lucrative if you have a balanced diet consisting of nutritious foods.
Remember that the most important factor that stimulates lactation is the volume of milk that is sucked. The more your baby eats, the more milk you will produce.
Caffeine, good or bad?
Caffeine stimulates milk production but also stimulates your baby. Caffeine is transmitted to the baby through breast milk and large amounts can have harmful effects on it. Caffeine is more in a baby's system than an adult's.
Also, caffeine can make your baby more irritable and affect their sleep quality. A cup of coffee or juice will not be a problem, but in large quantities (five or more than five cups of caffeine drink per day) the level of caffeine can affect the baby.
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