Lactating Mother: Major Concerns and Advice: How To Enhance Breast Milk Production

Lactating Mother

Mother’s milk is best for an infant up to 6 months and nothing can substitute it.

One of the major concerns of lactating mothers is “Is she producing enough milk?”  In most of the cases where mothers suspect low milk production, there is nothing wrong with mothers or their ability to produce milk but the real problem is that her baby is unable to latch to her breast.

Lactating Mother

Lactating Mother

If your baby is putting on weight it is the best indication that you are producing enough milk. Other sign and symptoms that suggest lactating mother is producing enough milk are:

How many times baby Feeds:

Your baby is feeding about 7 to 8 times in a day and sleeps well after feeding.

Any discomfort while feeding:  

you don’t feel any pain or discomfort while feeding your new born. After feeding the baby your breast feels soft and light.

How Much Urine infant Passes a day:

Newborn is passing urine 7 to 8 times in a day.

After considering the above signs and symptoms still if you think your milk supply is low, then follow the tips given below to increase breast milk supply naturally:

How To Increase Breast Milk Supply Naturally

Reduce stress to increase breast milk supply

you will take stress your milk supply will reduce so stop worrying, be positive and follow the tips discussed below.

Nurse your baby frequently to increase breast milk supply

More you nurse your baby, the more the baby suckling will stimulate the breast to produce more milk. If your baby sleeps a lot gently wake him up after 2 to 3 hours and encourage him to feed.

Avoid formula milk or supplementation to increase breast milk supply

More the demand more the milk is produced but if you will give formula milk to your baby she won’t be hungry and won’t demand breast milk and your milk supply will decrease.

Breastfeed skin to skin to increase breast milk supply

While feeding take off your shirt and bra and also unclothe your newborn. You may wear him a diaper. Now wrap a blanket around both of you after holding your baby in your arms and feeding him. Your warmth and bonding between you and your baby will stimulate your hormone to produce and eject more milk.

Do not limit breastfeeding sessions to increase breast milk supply-

Feed your baby as much as he/she demands. Encourage your baby to drink milk from both the milk. Let your baby drink milk from one breast for 15 to 20 minutes and then give another breast to feed. If your baby’s demand, is fulfilled by sucking the milk of one breast, do remember to feed another breast first in the next nursing session.

Have proper sleep-

Try to schedule your sleep timings according to your baby so that you can get enough sleep. Try to stay relaxed and calm. Take the help of other family members or a babysitter to take care of the household and take care of the baby.

Pump in between breastfeeding to increase breast milk supply

when your baby is done with the feeding or between nursing your baby pump in for about 10 minutes to stimulate the production of milk. You may pump in between 2 AM to 5 AM as milk production is highest during this period.

Besides the above tips, it is very important for a lactating mother to eat well balanced diet and drink lots of water to enhance breast milk production and help her postpartum body heal fast.

Dr. Ritu Kumari Gupta
Dr. Ritu Kumari Gupta:  Professionally a homeopathic doctor and a dietician Dr. Ritu Kumari Gupta is passionate about writing health and parenting blogs. She believes in holistic approach towards health and well being.