TIPS FOR THE BREASTFEEDING MOTHER
Many women are choosing to breastfeed their babies in today’s busy world. Breastfeeding is the healthiest way to feed your baby, naturally designed for your baby. Breastfeeding has health benefits for you the mother and helps protect your baby from infections and diseases. It’s free, always at the right temperature and ready whenever your needs to feed. You build a strong emotional bond with your baby and finally, you have a great sense of achievement that you have done the best thing nutritionally for your baby.
Breastfeeding is good for babies! Breastfed babies usually have less vomiting and diarrhea, fewer ear and chest infections, less chance of being constipated and finally breastfed babies have less chance of developing eczema. Any amount of breastfeeding has a positive effect. The longer you breastfeed, the longer the protection lasts and the greater the benefits.
Breastfeeding is good for moms too! Breastfeeding lowers your chance of breast or ovarian cancer, naturally burns 500 calories a day, it saves you money and builds a string bond between you and your baby.
So what should you eat and not eat? Many foods can give baby gas and you will want to stay away from them. There are some foods you should eat more of for the nutritional benefit and there are foods you should eat less of to help with gassy side effects in baby. This list is only a guide of what to include or leave out, it does not mean that these are the only foods a mom should eat while lactating.
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STAY AWAY FROM DRINKING ALCOHOL AND TAKING ANY TYPES OF DRUGS WHILE BREASTFEEDING!
The same amount of alcohol that makes it into your bloodstream makes it into your breast milk, but you can enjoy an occasional alcoholic drink if you’re careful to take precautions. Here are a few ways to enjoy a drink without harming your baby:
- Wait two hours. Wait at least two hours after you finish a drink before nursing your baby to give your body a chance to clear the alcohol, this process should be done per drink you consume.
- Pump milk before you drink. Pump and store your milk before having a drink, then feed your baby expressed milk from a bottle. (Pumping after you drink won’t clear alcohol from your system any faster – it will still take at least two hours.)
- Feed formula instead. Feed your baby formula in the hours following your alcohol consumption.
INCREASE MILK SUPPLY
Many moms have trouble producing a lot of milk, there are many ways to increase milk supply.
Here are some ways that you can increase milk supply, remember that breastfeeding is supply and demand, so the more you feed, the more you will produce!
Supplements can help increase your milk supply and can be purchased at the local grocery store or any health food store. Try using More Milk Plus (alcohol free), fenugreek capsules, Mother’s Milk Tea, blessed thistle capsules, alfalfa and brewer’s yeast capsules.
- Stay Hydrated
In order to produce enough milk, you have to stay hydrated. Many moms stick to drinking water because it has no added calories or additives and many moms find sorts drink to be helpful because of the electrolytes. Just be careful of the sodium content.
- Eat Lactation cookies
What better way to increase milk supply than to eat something delicious? Lactation cookies are nutritious and delicious and contain items like oats, fenugreek, and brewer’s yeast to increase milk supply. You can find many recipes online, and I’ve added one at the end of this blog, so enjoy!
- Manage Stress
Stress can reduce your milk flow, if you have extreme stress, you may not be able to pump or nurse any milk out even though there is milk in your breast. If you find yourself in a stressful moment, try to meditate or just try to calm yourself down and refocus. Do something for yourself, talk to a friend or find a therapist to talk to.
- Get off or change birth control
Contraceptives that contain progestin are the only ones compatible with breastfeeding. Contraceptives that contain estrogen and progestin cause you to produce less milk. This apples to the patch and vaginal ring. So what are your options while breastfeeding? Try the min-pill, birth control shots, implants or the IUD, these are all breast-feeding friendly.
- Check Your Latch
Your milk supple may be fine, but your latch may be causing the problems. In a proper latch, the mother’s nipple goes to the back of the baby’s mouth. The baby’s gums compress the milk sinuses that lie about an inch behind the nipple, the tongue is forward and underneath the breast, under the lower gum, and its motion helps the baby draw out the milk. Sitting upright in an armchair or rocking chair is the easiest position for breastfeeding.
- Nurse/Pump Frequently
Breast milk is supply and demand, your breasts have to be empty of milk to refill of milk. The first three months are especially important because your breast milk supply is evening out. Try to nurse or pump out milk often.
- Massage Your Breasts
Massaging your breasts will clear the milk ducts and get the milk flowing more freely, which will empty the breasts and increase milk production. Grab some coconut oil or massage bar (LUSH makes many great ones). In a circular motion, massage your lymph glands in your armpits. This will get the blood and toxins flowing. Continue down to your breast by pressing with your thumb down. Try to massage your breast daily.
Breastfeeding can be hard at first, but don’t give up!