THIS is a common question not only among first-time moms but with experienced moms as well.
The society would tell mothers to breastfeed their baby because breastmilk is free and has all the nutrients. But, what should mothers do in order to supply the demands of their baby?
1. Unli latch
It’s a language most nursing moms use. It means unlimited or countless times of latching or feeding your baby. Feed the baby when you see hunger cues. Feed the baby when he/she is uncomfortable. Feed the baby whenever she wants. It’s what your boobs are for.
2. Power pumping
For working moms, this is what you need to do. It is pumping more frequently than your regular schedule of expressing milk. See photo for better reference.
3. Eat some galactagogues.
The most famous galactagogues are moringa, oats, and avocado. Lactation cookies are also available online and in some mommy and baby stores. However, this step might not be effective to others. Anyway, mothers should really increase their appetite more than the usual amount of meal because the baby will surely consume all our calorie intake.
4. Drink plenty of water
Eight to ten glasses of water is not enough for pregnant and lactating moms. At least three liters of water will help. You have to replenish in order to avoid dehydration, which will affect your milk supply.
5. Lactation massage
You can hire a licensed lactation peer counselor or you can DIY. It’s a gentle boob massage in a circular motion. Do this before feeding the baby or even pumping.
Ask and you will receive. The Lord knows all your hard work and perseverance. Trust a famous line that goes, “Breastfeeding is 10% supply and 90% determination.” It’s only you who can help yourself.
Bottomline: Breastfeeding follows the principle of demand and supply. Regular expression of milk from the breasts will result in more milk.
This is not to humiliate mothers who cannot breastfeed their baby due to several reasons including health conditions. If you’re one of them, don’t worry. There are million ways of expressing our love for our children.
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