1.Drink More Water
Breastfeeding will make you thirsty, and your body will suffer if you do not drink enough water. Also, the milk glands cannot produce milk if you get dehydrated. So, it is always advisable to keep a water bottle and drink water while feeding your baby. Also, eat water rich foods.
2. Monitor Your Baby’s Weight
The best to ensure your baby gets enough milk is to monitor her weight. If she exhibits a rapid weight growth in the first couple of weeks, her growth and development are on track.
3. Stay Away From Alcohol And Nicotine
No surprises here, isn’t it? Alcohol and nicotine consumption are harmful not only before and during, but also after pregnancy, specifically, while you are nursing your little one. Nicotine and alcohol restrict the breast milk supply. These substances can pass into your baby’s body through your breast milk and trigger developmental problems for your baby.
4. Check Your Medications
If you have been taking medications, now’s the time to visit your doctor and check if it is interfering with your milk production. Avoid using hormonal contraceptives right after your delivery.
5. Grab The Oatmeal
It is believed that oatmeal is extremely helpful in increasing chest milk production. Instead of using the instant variety, consider using the old fashioned oats.
6. Consider Pumping
If you are a working mom, you should try establishing a pumping schedule for a smoother transition. It helps you store chest milk in larger quantities. If you are staying at home, pumping milk after breastfeeding your baby will boost your milk production.
7. Use The Right Bra
Wearing a tight bra that compresses your chest region or one that is rigid around the band can affect milk flow. The wrong choice of bra can lead to clogged ducts that will not produce any milk and make you uncomfortable.
8. chest Massage:
Massaging your chest will help to boost the volume and fat percentage in your chest milk. When you are comfort nursing your baby (i.e., soothing and calming herself), you can gently massage the chest region and towards the bosoms. Now wait for her to swallow the milk. Proceed to massage another area of the chest. Repeat feeding your baby.
9. Avoid Formula Feeds
The more formula feed you offer your baby than breastfeeding, the less milk you will produce. Your breasts cannot make more milk, and your baby starts refusing breast milk.
10. Eat A Healthy & Balanced Diet:
Go for a breastfeeding friendly diet. Nursing moms require more calories than non-nursing moms. They should be good calories, not the empty calories like those present in sugars, processed foods, and grain/wheat products. Your diet should include healthy fats, plenty of leafy greens, nuts, seeds and proteins.