I love breastfeeding!
Eversince I had my first child, I breastfed till she was 18 months; and my second for 12 months and now my new born baby…lets see how long he wants me for. I’m a strong advocate for natural feeding simply because its a win win situation for both baby and mummy. The benefits of breastmilk is not only endless but proven. From a health perspective, breastfed babies tend to be less colicy, stronger bones, less likely to get sick. Of course, from the nurturing point of view, the emotional bond between baby and mummy is said to be closer. Then from the mummy’s point of view, its a win situation where she can feed anytime, anywhere. She doesn’t have to worry about bringing a huge carrier with thermos and milk powder everywhere. Of course, grandpa cannot take the baby for a holiday without his mummy. Yea!
Over the course of motherhood, I have gained some useful insights on how to produce more breastmilk. Some advise are really crazy but I did them anyway. Hey, you’ll never know if you don’t try! So what I can share is what I have personally tried and works for me
Food for the breast
Don’t try to diet while you’re breastfeeding. Breastfeeding moms tend to lose weight naturally anyway. Drink plenty of fluid; between 6-8 glasses a day. You need a minimum of 1800 calaries a day while you’re lactating so eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables and a decent amount of proteins and carbs.Try to limit your intake for sweet stuff…i did say “try”.
Herbs like fenugreek, fennel seeds are a great source of iron, calcium, vitamins and minerals and can be added to many asian dishes easily. Be wary not to take too much as it can be mildly dieuretic and you may end up losing water. Lentils or dhals, together with lady’s fingers are believed to assist in producing more milk in your body. Almonds and cashews are said to aid breastfeeding too.
Massage for the breast
Try massaging the breast gently as you nurse. This can help the rich, higher calorie hindmilk let down more efficiently. Using breast compression is an simple, easy, and effective way to help your baby get more milk. Here’s a video that shows Dr. Jack Newman helping a mom use breast compression to help a baby get more milk as she nurses:
Brasserie for the breast
If I wasn’t a self testimony, I wouldn’t have believed it! It came by chance when I started wearing this amazing corset to help me regain my pre-pregnancy shape. I was so surprised when my breastmilk was constantly filling up every 2-3 hours. I know when our baby feeds on demand its easy to get a let-down often. Before I wore this premium beautiful corset, I expressed twice a day but after a week of wearing it, I could express my breastmilk 3 times a day with an increase from 3 ounces to 4 ounces each time.
Whatever the remedy or antidote, we as moms would definitely find means and ways to give the best for our babies. Its a natural instinct!
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