Breastfeeding Tips Ways to Produce more Milk

There are many reasons why a nursing mother may wish to produce more milk. Time spent away from the infant and traveling are just two examples. Other nursing mothers worry that they are not producing enough milk for their infant. Normally, this is not the case. In a healthy woman, breast milk is produced based on demand. The more a baby suckles, the more milk is produced.

Stay healthy

Assuming there are no medical issues to interfere with milk production, women who are generally healthy can stay that way and produce all the milk their infant needs by getting the rest they need, eating a balanced diet and staying properly hydrated. Keep water nearby and sip frequently. It is very difficult to drink too much water, especially when nursing. Sleep is hard to come by with a new baby in the home. Catch quick naps whenever you can, even if it means simply lying down quietly for a few minutes. Pregnancy and delivery take a lot out of your body and newborns are notoriously demanding of your time. Staying healthy will promote milk production.

Relax

One major cause of nursing difficulties is anxiety. Worrying about not producing enough milk can reduce the amount of milk you produce. Trust your body and enjoy the process. Your body will adjust to your infant’s needs. One common problem faced with new mothers that can interfere with milk production is improper latching on. This is how your infant suckles. If you are experiencing difficulties, try repositioning the infant. The La Leche League International also provides valuable information on relaxing and producing an adequate supply of breast milk.

Be consistent & feed frequently

Frequent feedings promote breast milk production. Erratic feeding schedules can reduce the amount of milk your body produces. This is a common problem when nursing is supplemented with formula. Rather than tricking your body into producing less, use a breast pump or extract milk by hand to maintain an appropriate demand.

Breast pumps

Breast pumps are an excellent tool for increasing the demand for milk and for having breast milk available while you are away at work, shopping or giving yourself a much needed break. Expressed breast milk can be stored in the refrigerator for up to one week and in the freezer for up to one year, when stored properly.

Avoid pacifiers

Newborn infants are better off nursing than sucking on a pacifier. Suckling creates a bond between mother and infant while stimulating milk production.

Avoid medications, nicotine & alcohol

Many medications, such as Sudafed, alcohol, nicotine, caffeine and some herbs can significantly reduce milk production. These substances can also be transferred to your infant through breast milk, putting your newborn at risk. Protect the health of your infant and yourself by avoiding these substances while nursing.

Donate or sell breast milk

As the demand for breast milk generally controls supply, you can boost milk production by increasing the demand. There are countless newborns and premature infants in hospitals, shelters and orphanages in desperate need of healthy breast milk. You can donate or sell your excess breast milk to increase your own production and help a needy infant.

Maintaining an adequate demand for breast milk is the easiest way to promote production. Demand can be increased by more frequent feedings, expressing breast milk regularly and staying healthy.