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Foods That Help Increase Breast Milk

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Some people decided to breastfeed their babies, and it is worrisome if babies don’t get enough milk from their mothers. Signs to know your babies get enough milk are six to eight wet diapers, the sound of swallow, and the increase of their weight. If mothers are suspicious about not having enough milk, there are some optional foods they can choose to increase the amount of milk.

Description: It is worrisome if babies don’t get enough milk from their mothers.

It is worrisome if babies don’t get enough milk from their mothers.

Foods which increase milk production

Breastfeeding mothers should drink enough water for their own. Breast milk is mainly from water, so it’s difficult to produce enough milk if the mothers are dehydrated. A mother who drinks enough water and eats nutritional food can care her child better, especially when breastfeeding.

However, breastfeeding mothers shouldn’t drink too much water, which can reduce milk production. An important rule is drinking enough water to change the urine to light yellow. Deep yellow urine indicates the shortage of water, and white urine shows that you drank too much water. You should drink more water when your lips are dry.

Oatmeal is a popular choice to increase milk production. Its high iron content corrects for anemia in the mother, may lead to shortage of milk. It also increases calories which mothers lose to produce milk. Many cultures around the world recommend using beer but there is a lack of scientific data. Non-alcohol beer is reported to be good, so this is a good choice for those worrying about alcohol and their children.

Carrot is beta-carotene rich, which is necessary for milk production. It’s the same with turnip and sugar. They are also high in iron which helps alleviate anemia and boost milk production. Besides being high nutrition, leafy green supports milk production by being high in the phytoestrogens that supports lactation.

Food and drugs to avoid

To support milk production generally, mothers who are nursing should avoid the following food and drugs:

·         Sage is famous for decreasing milk production, even with a small amount. Mothers who are nursing normally would not worry about small amounts in foods, but mothers who lack milk should avoid it completely.

·         Nicotine can give bad effects to milk production.

·         Estrogen acts as a milk supply depressant, so birth control pills containing the hormone should also be avoided.

·         Decongestant “can dry anything”, even breast milk.

·         Caffeine can affect badly milk production. Avoid coffee, tea, chocolate and other caffeine product.

Description: Nicotine can give bad effects to milk production.

Nicotine can give bad effects to milk production.

Calming options

Low milk supply of a mother can cause worry and serious for her baby. The other ways parents could do in serious cases are using a breast pump to stimulate milk production and reducing stress. Stress can prevent milk production and the let-down reflex during nursing. The "let-down" during a nursing session is when the breast milk moves from the milk glands, where milk is produced, into the milk ducts, where it flows out and into the baby's mouth. Stressed mothers should breastfeed in a silent room with music and dim light while nursing.

Description: Stress can prevent milk production and the let-down reflex during nursing.

Stress can prevent milk production and the let-down reflex during nursing.

 

 

 

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