When it comes to breastfeeding, some mothers take to it naturally while others have a harder time of it. However, whether you take to feeding your baby without any problems or not, new mums often worry about having enough milk to feed their growing infant.
There are a number of reasons why you might not have enough, such as: your time between feeding is too long, you are under stress or your baby is not creating enough of a sucking stimulation.
Here are seven tips if you find your milk supply is decreasing:
When it comes to feeding your baby it is important you take care of yourself as well. When lactating, you need to consume at least 1800 calories a day, so avoid dieting and try to maintain a healthy, balanced diet.
Feed for as long as baby wants
When your baby is full, they will stop feeding so try to keep them latched on for as long as they want. Avoid giving them set hours for feeding and feed on demand. Remember, their sucking will stimulate your milk supply so the more they feed the better.
Use both breasts
When feeding, switch between your breasts so that your little one is not just feeding from one. This will ensure your beasts are giving the same amount of stimulation thus increasing supply in both.
Avoid using soothers and bottles
If possible, try to avoid offering your baby soothers or bottles. This way they will associate sucking with being on the breast.
Nurse in bed
When you are nursing in bed both you and baby are relaxed and you are more inclined to let them latch on for longer. When baby is relaxed they will be able to suck for longer, thus increasing your milk supply.
Massage your breast
Apply a compress to your breast like a warm towel and press down on your milk producing glands while massaging in circular motions.
Don’t just feed when you feel full
Don’t just wait to feed when you’re feeling full. When your baby feeds they will produce more milk thus increasing your supply.