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Having low breastmilk production is a very common concern after the baby is born, however, in most cases, there is no problem with milk production, as the amount produced varies greatly from one woman to another, especially given the specific needs of each baby.
However, in cases where breast milk production is really low, there are some simple tips that can help increase production, such as drinking more water, breastfeeding whenever the baby is hungry or consuming food that stimulate milk production.
In any case, it is always important to consult a doctor when there is a suspicion that breast milk production is low, to identify if there is a problem that could be causing this change and start the most appropriate treatment.
Some simple tips to increase breast milk production are:
1. Feeding whenever the baby is hungry
One of the most effective ways to ensure breast milk production is to breastfeed whenever the baby is hungry. This is because, when the baby breastfeeds, hormones are released that lead the body to produce more milk to replace the one that was removed. Therefore, the ideal is to let the baby breastfeed whenever he is hungry, even at night.
It is important to maintain breastfeeding even in cases of mastitis or sore nipples, because the baby's suction also helps to treat these situations.
2. Breastfeeding until the end
The emptier the breast is after feeding, the greater the production of hormones and the greater the production of milk. For this reason, whenever possible, it is advisable to let the baby empty the breast completely before offering the other.If the baby does not completely empty the breast, the next feeding can be started from that breast, so that it can be emptied.
Another option is to express the rest of the milk with a manual or electric pump between each feeding. See how to get milk using a pump.
3. Drink more water
Breast milk production is highly dependent on the mother's hydration level, so drinking 3 to 4 liters of water a day is essential to maintain good milk supply. In addition to water, you can also drink juices, teas or soups, for example.
A good tip is to drink at least 1 glass of water before and after breastfeeding. Check out 3 simple techniques to drink more water during the day.
4. Consuming foods that stimulate milk production
According to some studies, breast milk production seems to be stimulated by the intake of certain foods such as:
- Beverages based on cereals, such as m alt;
These foods can be added to the daily diet, but they can also be used as a supplement. Ideally, you should always consult a doctor before starting any type of supplementation.
5. Looking the baby in the eye while breastfeeding
Looking at the baby while he sucks, helps release more hormones into the bloodstream and consequently increases milk production. Find out the best positions for breastfeeding.
6. Trying to relax during the day
Rest whenever possible ensures that the body has enough energy to produce breast milk. The mother can take the opportunity to sit in the breastfeeding chair when she finishes breastfeeding and, if possible, should avoid household chores, especially those that require more effort.
See good tips to relax after giving birth to produce more milk.
What can decrease milk production
Although it is very infrequent, breast milk production may be reduced in some women by factors such as:
- Stress and anxiety: the production of stress hormones impairs breast milk production;
- He alth problems: especially diabetes, polycystic ovary, or high blood pressure;
- Use of medications: especially those containing pseudoephedrine, such as allergy or sinus medication;
- Using pacifiers or bottles: the artificial nipple of these objects can cause changes in the way the baby sucks milk.
In addition, women who have had some type of breast surgery before, such as placement of silicone implants, breast reduction or mastectomy, may have less breast tissue and, consequently, have reduced breast milk production.
A mother may suspect that she is not producing enough milk when the baby is not gaining weight at the rate it should or when the baby needs less than 3 to 4 diaper changes a day. See other signs of how to assess whether your baby is getting enough milk.