Breastfeeding is no easy task. If it were, everyone would do it. Breast milk would be abundant, and there would be no market for formula.
Breastfeeding takes complete dedication of your mind and body.
Everyday you need to be planning around breastfeeding and being conscious of what you consume- it is exhausting! As if being a mom isn’t tiring enough, we put ourselves through more challenges- why? Because breastfeeding our babies is the best gift we can give to them and ourselves.
But what do you do if breastfeeding isn’t going so well? Maybe you are having a hard time getting your rhythm. Maybe your baby is going through a nursing strike. Or maybe you have just returned to work and you are really feeling the impact of being away from your baby for so long.
I have some tips to help boost your breast milk supply during times of shortage. And please, please reach out for guidance if needed! I am here to help you achieve your goals! Happy breastfeeding, mama!
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Don’t underestimate the power of skin to skin contact.
If you are feeling like your supply has taken a hit- snuggle your baby skin-to-skin as much as you can. The closeness of your baby will promote the release of endorphins and oxytocin, which will in turn stimulate prolactin to make more milk. We are all in a rush these days, but mama slow down. Doing this can improve your breastmilk supply greatly.
Power pump after a feeding.
Read my article here for more in depth information about power pumping and what you should do. You don’t need to do it for long, and you really don’t need to do it that often. A little extra stimulation will boost your milk supply, and you will most likely see results after 3 days or so (depending on how much you do it). Keep in mind, you are not pumping to get milk (but what you do get- that’s a bonus!). You just want to stimulate your breasts and say “Hey, I need more milk over here!”.
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Use this pump on the side opposite to the side you are nursing on. This can save you time, if you are not able to pump after a feeding. It worked wonders for me. I was able to save up small amounts at a time, but it adds up! Not only can you save the extra milk, but it also will boost your milk supply by removing milk from the breast when you may not have otherwise. You can read my full review of this product here.
Take an honest look at your diet.
We are not all Pinterest ready chefs here, I get it. And I will be the first to tell you my diet in the first few months postpartum was horrendous! And it took a toll on my breastmilk production.
I actually even began to have thinning of my hair- that’s how much I was lacking in proper nutrition. I just did not pay attention to ME, because well- who has time to when you are caring for a new baby.
Changes had to be made because it wasn’t just for my sake anymore, but now it was for my baby’s too. I have said it once and I will say it again- Your baby’s good health begins with your good health.
One easy change you can make is to incorporate oatmeal into your daily diet. Start having oatmeal every morning. It truly made a huge difference for me. Add in a little fruit- and you are golden!
Go for a walk, run, jog, bike ride. Do yoga. It doesn’t matter what you do, just move!
Exercise is so necessary for the postpartum mommy. Well, it is necessary for everyone, but especially the mommies. Why? Because we just grew a new life for 9 months. Our bodies changed dramatically during this time period. We owe it to ourselves.
Now I’m not saying you need to go run 3 miles the day after you deliver- actually don’t even dare do that. But start gently and start slowly with something. Anything! Exercising releases endorphins and relaxes you. These are both such good things for lactation.
Happy mamas make more milk!
These five simple things can help you be well on your way to achieving your breastfeeding goals. Remember, it may not always be easy, but you will get through it. Take it moment by moment, mama. Breathe.
Breastfeeding will be the best journey of your life, challenges and all. You got this!