Improving of Lactation: (To increase mother’s milk) – Low Breast Milk Supply

Many mothers wonder about natural ways to increase the breast milk supply at some point in their breastfeeding or thought arises, ‘what can I do to boost my milk supply while breastfeeding?’

Lactation is the process of milk production. Human milk is secreted by mammary glands present in the breast. During the time of childbirth, the hormone oxytocin is produced which is responsible for uterine contractions and initiates the breast milk production. The first milk that is ejected is called colostrum. Colostrum is high in nutrients, fats, and antibodies, to protect the newborn from infection. Thereafter, the hormone prolactin is primarily responsible for milk production.

Ideally, a newborn will latch within the first few hours. If the baby doesn’t, or the latch is uncomfortable, a midwife or peer supporter can check it.

Causes for low milk supply

Emotional factors

Anxiety, stress, and anger. Sometimes embarrassment may also be a cause. Feeding in a private and relaxing environment can help to resolve this issue and increase breast milk production.  

Medical conditions

Some medical conditions may interfere with milk production. These conditions include:

  • Pregnancy-induced high blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Polycystic ovarian disease (PCOD)
Certain medications

Certain types of hormonal birth control pills very badly affect breast milk production. Medicines that have ‘pseudoephedrine’, such as allergy medications also lower milk production.

Smoking and alcohol

Smoking and drinking increase the risk of less production of breast milk in mothers.

Previous breast surgery

Absence of glandular tissue due to any breast surgery, cyst removal, or mastectomy can interfere with breastfeeding. Nipple piercing increases the risk of damaging the nerves which helps in the production of breast milk.

Signs of Low Breast Milk Supply

  • The easiest way to check the proper production of milk is by checking that your baby is getting enough milk.
  • The best indicator of good breast supply is observing the baby’s weight. 
  • The breastfeeding becomes uncomfortable for you and painful. 
  • Baby shows disinterest in drinking the milk

6 useful home remedies for boosting breast milk 

1. Fenugreek Seeds

This is the best home remedy used to increase the production of breast milk. Fenugreek seeds can be used in teas. This can be added in all vegetable preparations for the mother.  

The seeds are rich in omega-3 fats, which is important for baby’s brain development. Fenugreek leaves are rich in beta-carotene, vitamin B, calcium, and iron which is required for the baby to grow. They are also good sources of phytoestrogen and which acts as a good galactogogue.

2. Asparagus

Asparagus is a highly recommended fiber-rich food that contains a lot of Vitamin A and K. This plant stimulates the hormone, prolactin which is responsible for breast milk production.

3. Bitter Gourd

Bitter gourd can be used in the form of juices and various culinary dishes.

This vegetable has high water content which will keep the mother hydrated. It is rich in iron, easy to digest, and increases breast milk production.

4. Milk

Ensure you drink a glass of warm milk twice a day to guarantee an increase in breast milk production

Cow milk is the best remedy for increasing breast milk production.  It is naturally rich in folic acid, calcium, and healthy fats. This helps in milk production and also ensures the milk is nutritionally balanced for the baby.

5. Torbangun leaves
Make a paste of Torbangun leaves and extract the juice out of it.  Drink the juice twice daily in the morning and evening. 
Studies revealed that lactating women receiving the supplementation have a 65% increase in milk volume after continuous usage for 2 weeks.  

6. Juice of Drumstick leaves 
Drumstick leaves are an excellent and widely used remedy for increased production of breast milk. This can be consumed as a side dish in the form of vegetable preparation or can be taken in the form of juice with honey. 
Enough pieces of evidence have been derived for this claim. Marked change in prolactin levels was found in the studies which in turn increased the breast milk in 4-7days