In reality, between your baby and you have everything you need to produce the right amount of this important food, all in the technique and a few habits that can help you produce more milk, including massage chest, different positions for breastfeeding, some supplements and herbs, the help of a breast pump and even the smell of your baby.
Your body has the ability to self-regulate the production of breast milk as your baby needs. Your little one will times when he is hungrier because going through a growth stage, or maybe eat less when you need less food as your body uses reserves. Your body adjusts to demand and produces the amount your baby needs.
Especially during the early days of breastfeeding, when your breasts produce only a few drops of colostrum, you worry because you do not produce enough milk, when you’re actually producing exactly what your baby needs. It is normal that during their first days of life your baby to lose up to 7% to 10% of their birth weight while consuming the reserves accumulated during development just for this stage. No need to worry as not to lose more than 10% and returns to normal two weeks to meet weight. “Low” Your milk (you’ll know what this expression means as will happen) within three to six days. Meanwhile your baby gets all the nutrition you need, plus the amazing benefits of colostrum during this period.
Once breastfeeding is well established, the appearance and behavior of your baby as well as the amount of dirty diapers, are the signs that you need to know if you are eating enough
Suckling baby is the most effective method to increase breast milk production. The more you eat the baby, the more milk you produce, but this effort must verify that the baby is the most effective and receive constant stimulation.
The key to successful breastfeeding is that the baby engages correctly. Coupling is the way your baby’s mouth clings to your chest. The goal is that your baby’s mouth covers the entire nipple and most of your areola, so that his tongue has the ability to massage the bottom of your chest to stimulate the release of milk while creating a seal to suckle strongly (as you see in the picture). If the coupling is not right, your little one does not get enough milk, does not stimulate production, rather swallow air and can mistreat your nipple.
See how your little sticks to your chest. With proper coupling, your little lips completely open outward, her chin touches the bottom of your chest and your nose is touching your chest but can breathe without problems. For the best fitting, try different positions for breastfeeding to find the most comfortable for both.
A well coupled baby sucks vigorously, you can see his jaw moving and listen when you swallow, your milk comes out freely, and do not cause pain. If you fail this objective, seek help from a consultant or specialist nursing. You can find such services in your hospital, by your gynecologist or pediatrician, hire a postpartum doula, or go to the free assistance of Councilors Compañeras of breastfeeding and La Leche League International (more details at: Questions about breastfeeding and how to breastfeed: where to find help?).
You can help increase your production by massage that help the flow of breast milk while nursing days, or as a form of relaxation and to release clogged milk ducts.
While you breastfeed your little one, you can make subtle massage from the top of your chest toward the nipple to help flush the pipelines. You can also use this technique between meals: first, apply warm compresses to your chest. Once you feel relaxed, you use your fingertips to apply gentle pressure from the circumference of your breast to the nipple. You can use small circular movements and move around your entire chest.
There is no single schedule to follow to breastfeed your baby, he only states according to their needs. However, when you have low breast milk production and need encouragement to produce more, you can feed your baby more often. During the first days you can try to breastfeed every two hours until your production to stabilize. If your baby is very sleepy and does not wake for meals late challenge, you can use a breast pump (although the ideal is always the baby). After that period seeks to feed your little free time demand and need, between eight and twelve times a day.
Breast milk production is partly a result of physical stimulus, some hormonal issue. Oxytocin is the hormone responsible for feelings of pleasure, and during breastfeeding helps relax the mother and favors the ejection reflex milk. The smell of your baby and direct skin to skin contact, if you’re not breastfeeding him at that time, sends signals to your brain to release oxytocin. Upon receiving hormonal stimulation, muscle cells surrounding the alveoli contract and cause milk ejection into the ducts. Gradually, this reaction becomes a reflex, and the thought of your baby can cause your milk.
Try to make your little empty well your breast at every meal. This serves a dual purpose: your baby consumes oilier and nutritious milk fund, and this sends the signal to your brain that you need to produce more milk (if your child is hungry, offer the second breast). At the next meal you can start with the opposite breast. Ideally, you alternate your breasts, even when you use a breast pump, for sucking baby is stronger and more effective.
If your little one sleeps on average dinner and does not finish the work, you can try to keep awake to eat to change its position, make sounds, move, stimulate, diapering, and remove the socks or even clothing to feel some of cold.
The effectiveness of some herbs, foods and supplements to increase breast milk production has little scientific support and some experts even consider more of a psychological effect than physical is. However, mothers across generations and cultures are believers in their usefulness. Galactogogues – as they are known to foods that help produce breast milk – most popular are fenugreek, oats, fennel seeds, seaweed, barley and other herbs. However, before taking any natural medicinal product, you should consult your doctor to verify their safety during breastfeeding. Full Details: How to produce more breast milk: herbs, food and beverages.
Water alone will not help you produce more milk, but the lack of it itself can dehydrate you and affect your production. You must consume at least eight glasses of water a day, though a highly recommended practice is to take a glass of water every time you take nursing.
A diet that includes all food groups is the best way to ensure the quality of your breast milk and your health in the short and long term. Breastfeeding does not require a special diet and actually has few limitations. Full details at: Feeding during lactation and Prohibited foods during lactation.
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