Breastfeeding

3 Easy Ways To Increase Your Breastmilk Supply

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Is there anything more frustrating than wanting to nurse your newborn baby but finding yourself lacking milk? For moms who cannot wait to breastfeed, this discovery can be a devastating blow.

Of course, no one needs to make themselves crazy about it. Sometimes it comes down to a biological problem. Either the mom or baby has an extremely difficult time nursing and it does not work out. Luckily, in this day and age, there are many high quality formulas on the market. It is not difficult to find formula which will feed your baby and allow him to develop and grow happily.


However, if you are looking to increase your milk supply, we have 3 easy tips for you based on scientific research and verified by real moms.

For any additional information, you can read more here, for a great resource on all things having to do with kids at Mommy Authority.

Skin-To-Skin Contact
Also known as kangaroo care, skin to skin contact is the direct contact between a carer and a newborn. Usually the baby will lie, naked, directly on his mom without any clothing in between them. Many times a baby, wearing only a diaper, will be placed down a mom’s (or dad’s) shirt so they can snuggle together.

Besides from being an effective way to bond with your newborn, there are real benefits to kangaroo care, including babies who cry less and who breastfeed better. Take a look at this study which tested the effects of skin-to-skin contact between moms and babies directly after the babies were born.

Moringa Oleifera
The food you eat goes directly to the baby you are breastfeeding. For that reason, moms will try and eat as healthy as they can while they are nursing. Fenugreek has long been known as a natural way for a mom to increase her milk but there is a newer plant you may not have heard of called moringa oleifera. Grown in tropical areas, it’s also known as a “miracle tree” and it has been a savior for many women and their milk supply. The leaves of this tree are highly nutritious and contain:
     B vitamins
     Vitamin C
     Beta-carotene
     Vitamin K
     Manganese
     Proteins
These all contribute to make a real difference in human milk production. You can find these leaves in supplements that are sold to nursing women. As with all supplements, we recommend you speak to your doctor before you start to take them.

Drink Water!
This may sound obvious, but if you aren’t drinking enough water, you will have a hard time producing enough milk for your baby. As in pregnancy, it’s easy to get dehydrated when you are drinking for two. In addition, many people find themselves starving while they are nursing both because they are not eating or drinking enough. Take a look at your lips, are they dried out? Chances are, you are not hydrated enough. Check with your doctor for the optimal amount of water you should be drinking.
  



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