How to Increase Breast Milk Naturally
How come no one has ever told us that having a baby is only half the battle? Breastfeeding comes with its challenges, just like anything else, but if you're struggling with keeping up your milk supply, you're in the right place. With the right techniques, it's possible to increase your milk production without having to put the nursing journey behind you. In this blog post, we’ll explore how to establish a proper latch, practice frequent and unrestricted feedings, practice skin-to-skin contact, and consider galactagogues to increase your breast milk supply.
Establish a Proper Latch
Establishing a proper latch is essential for breastfeeding Moms who are looking to naturally boost their breast milk supply. A proper latch makes sure that your little one is receiving adequate and efficient milk intake, which helps promote an increase in milk production.
When establishing a proper latch, it's important to make sure that your little one’s mouth has a wide gap and is centered over the nipple and areola. Using your finger to help open your little one’s mouth wide enough to get the nipple deep into their mouth can do this. It may also be helpful to use a breastfeeding pillow or other support device so that you and your child can find a comfortable position while breastfeeding.
To make sure that the latch is successful, make sure your child’s chin touches your breast first, followed by their nose and then the upper lip. If all three of these points are touching the breast, then you're set up for success!
Once you've got this down, try to stay relaxed throughout feeding sessions as tension can interfere with milk letdown (the process of releasing milk from the breasts). Making sure that you're comfortable during each session will help facilitate more effective feeding sessions for both Mom and child.
It's important for Moms to remember that every Mom-little one pair responds differently regarding latching techniques so don't be afraid to experiment with different positions and techniques until you find what works best for both of you!
Frequent and Unrestricted Feedings
Frequent and unrestricted feedings can help boost your breast milk supply in two ways: by stimulating the release of prolactin (the hormone responsible for breast milk production); and by giving your body a chance to produce more milk than what was taken away during the last feeding session. The key here is not only how often you feed but also how long each session lasts — every few hours throughout the day and night, with each session lasting anywhere from 10-20 minutes or longer if necessary.
Practice Skin-to-Skin Contact
Skin-to-skin contact is when a Mom and her little one are held in close physical contact, usually with only their bare chests touching. This type of contact stimulates the release of oxytocin, which helps promote prolactin production. Prolactin is the hormone responsible for milk production in the first place.
Moms should keep their little ones close during feedings as well as throughout the day. This will help encourage frequent feeds and allow your little one to be comforted while they are nursing. It also helps build a strong bond between Mom and little one while providing them both with much-needed rest. Moms can practice this by reading aloud together, or simply enjoying each other's company.
Galactagogues are substances that help increase milk production in nursing Moms. Herbal galactagogues have been used for centuries to promote better lactation. Some of the most popular herbs for increasing breast milk production include fenugreek, blessed thistle, flax seed, spinach, broccoli, and other dark leafy greens.
Foods such as oats and brewers yeast can also be beneficial when trying to increase breast milk supply. Oats contain complex carbohydrates which provide the energy needed for breastfeeding, while brewer’s yeast contains B vitamins that are essential for milk production. Additionally, eating plenty of protein-rich foods like eggs, nuts, and legumes can help ensure that Moms get enough nutrition while breastfeeding. Lucky for you, all Lacsnac products contain a property blend of milk-boosting ingredients that have been used by new Moms for centuries.
However you feed your little one is best: whether that's pumping, breastfeeding, or formula feeding. Lacsnac can help you one bite, sip, or spoonful at a time if you're on the nursing journey. Contact us with any questions at email@example.com. Moms help each other, it's what we do.
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