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.
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.
Some medical conditions may interfere with milk production. These conditions include:
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 drinking increase the risk of less production of breast milk in mothers.
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.
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 galactagogue.
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.
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.
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.