Breastfeeding is one of the things that news moms dread when the baby comes. More than the pain, keeping the constant supply of milk for your babies can be hard to sustain. Sometimes, some new moms end up giving up their breastfeeding journey. But there are some ways to increase the supply of your milk, such as:
- Eat the right food
Many advocates of breastfeeding in Dubai always advice new moms to eat the right type of food so they can boost their milk supply. There are certain kinds of food and produce that can help increase breast milk production. The most common breast milk producing food is oats and spinach. Oats contains high levels of iron which can help increase milk supply. There is also fennel and fenugreek seeds that you can add on the list. These seeds are known to be
galactogogue, a kind of herb that is used to help increase breast milk production in nursing mothers.
Doctors and lactation consultants strongly advise nursing moms to not to go in a strict diet if they plan to go on exclusive breastfeeding. Putting yourself in a strict diet might affect your supply and affect the nutrients of your breast milk.
- Get some much needed rest
Being a new mom is definitely stressful. It will be months of less than 4 hours sleep while you are nursing your little one, plus lots of things to think about. But stress can also cut your milk supply. It would be best if you can get a babysitter in Dubai that can help you take good care of your little bub. Having a babysitter will give you spare hours to rest and do other things. It can also help you help you heal after labor and delivery.
You can also enlist the help of your partner and other family members. You can delegate some tasks to them so you can fully rest and concentrate on breastfeeding.
- Nurse frequently
Another thing that can constantly keep your milk supply at its peak is to continue nursing your baby. Breastfeeding and nursing will give a signal to your body that it needs to produce more milk for the baby. On the first few months of life, your baby needs to latch as frequently to you as possible, until such time that the two of you can get a pattern set up.
Just be sure to prepare when you will nurse your baby. At home, you can set a corner that will serve as your breastfeeding station. If you are travelling with the baby, dress for breastfeeding and bring the necessary tools with you to help you nursing on the go. Bring a cover, a pump and some toiletries if necessary.
Nursing mothers need more water in their body for milk production. In a normal case scenario, your body need 8-10 glasses of water a day. But if you are breastfeeding, you may need more than that. Be sure that you have a bottle of water with you when you feel thirsty and dehydrated.