Are you worrying about low milk supply? Fear not, everyone has been there and many mothers managed to work through low milk supply, and breastfed their babies until over a year old or more.
Of course, there are many reasons why a mother’s milk supply is low or inadequate for their baby. It can leave you feeling very down about yourself. But chin up, there is a way forward. Here’s how…
- Skin to skin contact
Strip both of you down whenever you can and get your baby’s skin touching yours. This is the most natural way to stimulate your breasts to produce more milk.
- Breast massage
Massage your breasts before starting a feed to stimulate the milk glands.
- Drink plenty of fluids
This is one of those ‘go figure’ tips, especially when you realise that 88% of breastmilk is water! So yes, drinking plenty of fluids really will increase your milk supply.
- Get your oats
Oats are a great source of fibre, antioxidants, vitamins and iron plus they are dense in calories, which is super important for breastfeeding mothers, who need to up their usual calorie intake to between 2500- 2700 calories per day.
- Pump after feeds
You will produce VERY LITTLE milk initially, but don’t be demoralised. Persevere and you might surprise yourself at what a milk-making marvel you are.
- Rest, rest, rest
Rest as much as you can. Easier said than done? Well, not always. Sometimes you just have to put your mind to it, forget about all the non-urgent stuff, ease up on yourself and REST.