There are various reasons you may find that you suddenly cannot nurse your new baby adequately. But take heed, there are also a number of ways you can correct this.
If you are worried that your breast milk supply is diminishing, don’t panic! Stress of any kind can be the number one reason you are not producing enough milk for your baby. Relax. Concentrate on your baby. And dispel all other stresses. This alone can go very far in helping to increase your breast milk flow.
In certain countries specific medicines are available to increase your flow, but if you are not one to happily take the medication route, there are also very effective herbal remedies on the market. Although there is no scientific proof that herbs can help, many nursing mothers have reported that certain herbs have stimulated their bodies to produce more milk for their babies. If you believe in the natural medicine route seek out a good herbalist who has a sound experience in herbal remedies.
The herbal route
Some moms swear by Brewer’s Yeast to increase milk supply. This can be taken in capsule form, as can Blessed Thistle – also very popular. However, some mothers have found that Brewer’s yeast causes a build up of gas for baby so just keep an eye out for this if you plan to try this remedy. Fenugreek has also been reported for its success.
If you have to return to work early and can’t be with your baby for every feed, don’t substitute those feeds with formula. Rather express. Getting good rest is vital for you and your breast milk production, so if need be, get some help in with tasks around the house.
We all know how important it is for us to drink water. Well, if you are breastfeeding and having trouble producing enough breast milk, water may just be your answer. Drink lots of water and you will see an almost immediate improvement.
Applying a warm wrapping or compress to your breast and massage your breasts, mimicking the way you would ordinarily examine them, can also help. This will stimulate the milk producing glands and ducts.
Babies love the sensation of skin contact and will respond well to this. The more baby feeds the more your milk will flow. So undress his perfect little body down to his nappy and remove your shirt. Use a soft blanket to cover his back and body areas that are not in contact with you.
Don’t limit the length of your baby’s feedings to a set time on each side. Let your baby finish the first breast before switching to the other side. This allows your baby the opportunity to fill up on the high-fat hindmilk brought down by the milk-ejection reflex. If you switch your baby to the second side too soon, he will fill up on the watery foremilk, which will make his tummy feel full but may not give him enough calories to grow.
Nursing your baby is a very special time for mom and baby to bond. Make sure there are no distractions and that you focus on your baby and only on him.
Whatever remedy you want to try, it’s very important that your first see your doctor so he can check that nothing is medically wrong. Inform him of what it is you plan to do to increase your breast milk supply and get his approval first.