How to stimulate lactation – this question is asked by many women who complain about the lack of food after childbirth. What supports lactation and what doesn’t? Learn to effectively stimulate lactation.
What supports lactation?
- Relatively frequent breast drainage, so feed your baby on demand and according to your needs, but at least 8–12 times a day. Do not be surprised that sometimes a newborn needs to be awakened for feeding.
- For one feeding, the baby must empty at least one breast. Therefore, before putting the child on the second breast, change its position to the first.
- The baby should suck one breast for at least 10 minutes. If you are interested in how to stimulate lactation, you should remember that the more often and more efficiently the breast is emptied, the more milk it produces. In situations of shortage of food, when the child does not want to suck the devastated breast, additional stimulation can be carried out with the help of an appropriate breast pump.
- Feeding at night. Giving a baby a breast at night is very important because of the needs of the child, and the lactation stimulation — the concentration of prolactin — the hormone responsible for food production — is the highest in the morning.
- Try to keep calm during feeding, because too much adrenaline can block the outflow of food and anxiety and stress will be caused to the baby. Initial difficulties should not cause too much anxiety, but they should not be put off trying to solve them. As soon as you can, seek professional help from an experienced breastfeeding counselor or a neurologist. Maintaining lactation is very important for the development of your child.
- A rational, well-formulated diet has a great effect on stimulating lactation. Your body should receive enough vitamins and be hydrated. Therefore, eat relatively little processed, valuable dishes. If possible, limit sweets and replace coffee with the caffeine-free version. Drink plenty of fluids a day, preferably non-carbonated water with lemon, low-sugar apple juice or freshly squeezed carrot juice. Dairy products should be consumed in the form of yogurt or classic milk.
- In the past, to stimulate lactation, women drank homemade caramel beer containing barley malt, or most often boiled dill decoction. Today we know that fennel does not enjoy a better reputation, and barley malt is better to look for in other products than in beer.
Herbal blends to stimulate lactation
It’s worth remembering that the use of even the best herbal mixtures will not solve the problem of lactation, which are based on improper behavior, health problems of mothers or difficulties with sucking on the side of the child. Suitable herbal mixtures are intended only to support the process based on the frequent and effective emptying of the maternal breast.
What else can stimulate lactation?
- fairly frequent and effective breast drainage
- provide the body with the right amount of fluid and food
- calm and well-being of the mother, frequent and close contact with the child
- herbal mixtures that improve metabolism, act on dairy products, soothe and provide additional micro and macronutrients
What not to do if you want to stimulate lactation?
- Do not move the baby too quickly while feeding to the other breast. His small stomach will be filled with an insufficient amount of healthy food, and your chest will still remain empty. This behavior may affect weaker weight gain and weakening of lactation.
- Do not massage your breasts to stimulate lactation.
- Avoid severe stressful situations and people who annoy you.
- Up to six months, do not give the child tea or other liquids. If you feel that your baby is crying because he wants to drink, simply feed him with expressed milk or breast milk for a short time.
- Without the explicit recommendation of a breastfeeding adviser, do not feed your baby. If you start giving him modified milk, you will probably be less likely to teach him to breastfeed. The effect is less food in the chest. If you are concerned that your child will not be full, consult with the person who is confirmed in knowledge of lactation. It may be that you need to give artificial milk, but appropriately and only until lactation is stimulated.
- A pacifier or silicone caps should comply with the recommendations of the breastfeeding adviser and only when clearly needed.