As a nursing mother, it is important to know that before you go seeking for alternatives to help boost your breast milk production, the best way to boost the production of your breast milk is to consistently nurse your child.
Nothing works wonders in produce healthier breast milk for your child like when you consistently breastfeed the child. It helps in the circulation and efficacy of the hormones in charge of the production of breast milk. There are also foods that are very efficient in the production of breast milk. They serve as a catalyst for these hormones and help boost lactation.
Garlic is considered the best food to increase breast milk, as it is well-known for boosting lactation in nursing mothers. It has chemical compounds which help in lactation. Garlic consumption prevents all types of cancer. Therefore, feel free to toss in a few garlic cloves in your stew or Jollof.
A glass of carrot juice with breakfast or lunch will work wonders in lactation. Like spinach, carrots too have lactation promoting qualities. It contains Vitamin A which complements lactation and boosts the quality of your milk. You can have carrots as raw, steamed or even pureed into a soup. In winters, try having pureed carrots stirred with warm milk and sugar.
Sweet potato is a major source of potassium. It has energy producing carbohydrate which is needed to fight the fatigue. It also contains Vitamin C and B-complex and a muscle relaxant mineral that is magnesium. Have it with a low fibre diet. Make a smoothie or an apple and baked sweet potato. Make it as a pudding for dessert.
Oils and Fats:
It is recommended to keep fats and oils in your diet to a minimum, post pregnancy. Do not avoid fat and oil in your post-delivery diet. These are an essential part of lactation. They assist in the absorption of vitamins and minerals present in other foods you eat. They also aid in easy bowel movement. Opt for olive oil, rice bran oil or any heart-healthy oil. These help in balancing the supply of healthy fat to your baby.
Oats are easy to prepare as a meal. They are considered to control the occurrence of diabetes during post pregnancy. Oatmeal is loaded with energy. It contains fibre and is good for your digestion. Have a bowl of oatmeal for breakfast. If the thought of having oatmeal is not appetizing, you can try having oat cookies instead.
Tips To Increase Breast Milk Supply
Many times, mothers assume that the milk supply is low when it is not. The best way to confirm that the baby is nursing well and you are producing enough milk is by keeping a constant check on the baby’s weight. If you suspect decrease in milk supply and want to increase it, follow these tips.
Nurse frequently and efficiently:
Milk production is a demand and supply process. The more the baby drinks, the higher is the production. Nurse once every two hours. Position the baby properly while nursing so that he latches on well.
If the baby is unable to empty your breasts, express the milk after nursing to maintain the milk supply.
Nursing vacation: Spend time just nursing your baby for two to three days and do nothing else. Of course, you have to feed yourself and be relaxed.
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