Many new moms worry that they’re not producing enough milk, and it’s easy to see why. Newborns want to nurse so often, it can feel like they must not be getting their little bellies full. While most moms don’t have difficulty producing enough breast milk for their newborns, some do struggle to produce sufficient milk. If your newborn isn’t gaining weight or soiling diapers or she’s showing signs of dehydration, talk with your doctor about your situation.
In most cases, frequent nursing sessions is a good sign. So long as your little one seems content and shows signs of growth, there’s probably nothing to worry about. If you want to ensure a healthy breast milk supply for the duration of your time breastfeeding, use these tips.
For more breast milk, take care of you
The healthier you are, the better your body performs. It’s true of running a marathon, and it’s equally true of breastfeeding. Consider the following:
Diet & Breast Milk Production
You may want to lose that extra baby weight, but when you’re breastfeeding, you need more, not fewer, daily calories to keep yourself and your baby well fed. Take time to eat a variety of nutrient-rich foods, including fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Practice moderation when it comes to alcohol and caffeine, and drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
Sleep & Breastfeeding
Sleep can feel like a mythical state to new parents, and breastfeeding during the early months can be a round the clock job. However, when you don’t get enough sleep, it takes a toll on your immune system and your hormones. If sleeping through the night isn’t an option, take a nap when your baby does, even if it means neglecting some chores.
Serenity, Stress, and Nursing
It sounds like too much to hope for if you’re a new mom, but it’s important to find time to unwind and de-stress. Stress takes a toll on breast milk and on your health. Ask for help when you need it. Run a warm bath and soak until your muscles relax a little. Treat yourself to a Netflix binge-fest. Meet friends out for lunch. When you do something that’s good for you, like taking a few minutes off the merry-go-round, you’re doing something good for your baby, too.
Pump frequently to increase breast milk
When it comes to breast milk, the more you give, the more you get. This is especially true during the early phases of nursing, when your body is determining the amount of breast milk your infant needs.
On demand breastfeeding
It’s not unusual for newborns to nurse every 45 minutes. Allow your baby to nurse on demand during the first month to help establish. Don’t worry. Over time, the intervals between breastfeeding sessions will become longer.
Double-pumping breast pump
The BabyBuddha® Breast Pump was engineered to support breastfeeding mothers. Our hands-free, compact pump design gives you the freedom to multi-task (or to pump and relax). You can single or double pump easily, which allows you to produce more milk in less time.
Pumping after and between feedings
Use your breast pump to eliminate milk left after your baby nurses or between feedings to stimulate more milk. You can’t breastfeed or pump too much when it comes to keeping your supply robust.
Increase breast milk and decrease stress with BabyBuddha
The BabyBuddha breast pump kit offers distinct advantages to moms who want to boost their breast milk supply. The hands-free design liberates your hands for multi-tasking and allows you to pump twice the milk in half the time. Try it today or share your experience using BabyBuddha pump in the Comments section. We’d love to hear your story.