How to Boost your breastmilk supply naturally
Breastfeeding can be tough! Especially at the start when engorged boobs and blistered nipples might make it seem like hell. Once your supply settles down, many mums want to know how they can boost their milk supply while breastfeeding. We've compiled a few ways well known ways to maintain and boost your milk production naturally.
When you are breastfeeding, you need to consume additional water above your normal daily consumption in order to stay well-hydrated. You have probably noticed that as soon you finish breastfeeding your baby you immediately feel thirsty. Always have a glass of water (or even better a jug) next to where you nurse and carry a drink bottle with you when you're out and about.
Breast milk is produced on a supply and demand basis. How often and how much milk is removed from the breast are the main factors that determine how much milk will be made. In other words, the more often the milk is removed from the breasts (by baby or breast pump), the more milk the breasts will produce.
Eat a well balanced diet and include the following super foods
Organic Brewer’s Yeast
Brewers Yeast has been traditionally used to increase milk supply. It contains iron, protein and vitamin B and other trace materials.
Organic Oat Bran
Oats contains saponins, which are antibiotic and anti-inflammatory, and support the immune system. Saponins also impact the milk-making hormones produced by the pituitary gland.
Coconut Milk contains healthy fats including lauric acid which naturally occurs in breast milk.
Flaxseed is a good source of dietary fibreand omega-3 fatty acids. It also contains vitamins E and B, calcium, iron, and potassium.
If you are still having trouble producing milk, get some medical help
Hopefully by staying hydrated and adding some well known superfoods you can help maintain and boost your milk production.But remember, if you are not seeing the results you want (and especially if it's causing you stress and anxiety), have a chat to a lactation consultant or doctor. If it comes down to it, there are also medical interventions (including prescription products) that can help increase your milk supply.