Milk supply is low, how can i produce more milk?
Bethany - posted on 01/08/2014
What to eat. Like eating well during pregnancy, eating well while breastfeeding entails getting the right balance of good (and good for you) food. Try to get the following each day:
Protein: three servings
Calcium: five servings (that's an increase from your pregnancy requirement of four)
Iron-rich foods: one or more servings
Vitamin C: two servings
Green leafy and yellow vegetables, yellow fruits: three to four servings
Other fruits and veggies: one or more servings
Whole-grain and other concentrated complex carbohydrates: three or more servings
High-fat foods: small amounts — you don't need as much as you did during pregnancy
Eight cups of water, juice, or other noncaffeinated, nonalcoholic beverages
DHA-rich foods to promote baby's brain growth (look for it in wild salmon and sardines, as well as DHA-enriched eggs)
Prenatal vitamin daily
What not to eat. Here's the great news: When you're breastfeeding, there's a lot more that can be on the menu than off. But (and here's the less great news), with caveats. It's fine to pop open the cork on that pinot noir you've been pining for (or flip the top on that ale you've been aching for) — but within limits (a couple of glasses a week, preferably taken right after you nurse, rather than before, to allow a couple of hours for the alcohol to metabolize and for far less to reach your baby — use Milkscreen to check the alcohol levels in your milk). Time to pick up your coffee habit where you left off? Depends on how hefty your habit was — more than a cup or two of joe can make junior jittery (and keep you both from getting any sleep). As for safe foods after pregnancy, it's okay to reel in the sushi again, although you should continue to avoid high-mercury fish such as shark, tilefish, and mackerel, and to limit those that may contain moderate amounts of that heavy metal. (See Pregnancy and Fish.)
What to watch out for. If you have a family history of allergies, it's probably wise to avoid peanuts and foods that contain them (and possibly other highly allergic foods, such as tree nuts — check with the doctor). Also watch out for herbs — even some seemingly innocuous herbal teas. (Stick to reliable brands and choose flavors that are considered safe during lactation, including orange spice, peppermint, raspberry, red bush, chamomile, and rosehip.) Read labels carefully to make sure other herbs haven't been added to the brew, and drink them only in moderation.And when it comes to sugar substitutes, aspartame is probably a better bet than saccharine (only tiny amounts of aspartame pass into breast milk), but Sucralose (Splenda) is considered safe and a good all-round, low-calorie sugar substitute.
What to watch your baby for. A few moms find that their own diet affects their babies' tummies and temperaments. While what you eat does indeed change the taste and smell of your milk (that happens for all mothers), that's actually a good thing, since it exposes your baby to many different flavors. But some babies can be sensitive to certain foods. If you suspect that something in your diet is turning baby off his or her feed (or turning his or her tummy), try eliminating the food for a few days to gauge the response. Some of the more common troublemakers are cow's milk, eggs, fish, citrus fruits, nuts, and wheat.
Courtesy of "Whattoexpect.com"
Drink heaps of water, try milkweed or fenugreek tea and most importantly, BE HAPPY! Being in an environment where you're made to feel uncomfortable is the worst for milk flow. Also, feed more often and on demand: the suckling actually helps the let-down, as well as thinking loving thoughts about your special little bundle (releases oxytocin, the love hormone that overwhelms you when you first bond with your baby). Try not to stress too much and don't place too much pressure on yourself to perform... you're not a jersey cow! ^__~ Hope that helps! -- T.
Susan - posted on 06/22/2009
Hey there, you can also try the herbal supplement called Fenugreek. You can take 2-4 daily and you will see a boost in your milk supply! You can find it at GNC and most other places that sell supplements or vitamins. My Dr told me about this, so I trusted the advice and it worked. Good Luck!
Karley - posted on 06/21/2009
from the stress from my abusive ex my milk started to dry up so i started taking fenugreek tablets from the chemist. i also went to my dr and she put me on anti nausea tablets cause one of the side effects is lactation in non bf ppl. i also started eating more smaller meals and lots of water. LOTS OF WATER lol iv also been feeding my son every 2 hours to make more milk. i went from not being able to express anymore then 30ml hours after my sons gone to sleep to being able to express 90ml an hour after i feed my son during the day =) so you can bring your milk back dont let anybody say you cant
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