5 Natural & Gentle Ways to Increase Your Breast Milk Supply
It's incredible that we women have the innate ability to grow a small human and then produce enough food to nourish them daily during their early years of life. I am always in awe when I think about how magical our bodies truly are.
As a mom who breastfeeds my now 19 month old daughter, I know firsthand how amazing and sometimes stressful breastfeeding can be.
While breastfeeding is amazing, in so many divine and fulfilling ways, many moms still struggle with it. Breastfeeding can be painful, difficult and just plain ol' frustrating.
But it doesn't have to be!
And once you've conquered the first three months and you and baby have found your rhythm, it gets a lot easier. Trust me.
But know that difficulties with breastfeeding does not reflect negatively on your abilities as a mother. So be gentle with yourself. We aren't born with an innate understanding of breastfeeding, and it's something we can only learn through experience.
And because so much of society and modern day fast-paced culture discourages mothers from breastfeeding, we don't see it modeled as often as we should.
This is what creates a lack of knowledge and wisdom around the subject of breastfeeding.
Did you know that the World Health Organization recommends exclusively breastfeeding for the first six months of life and then continue nursing until two years of age?
Some women stop at six months, some women wean at a year, and some women continue brestfeeding longer than two years...and none of it is wrong. You'll discover what works for you and your child, because your nursing relationship is between you and your baby.
If you're experiecing problems with adequate breast milk supply you are not alone, many moms do!
What I've observed and found to be true is that low breast milk supply is often caused by hormone and nutrient deficiencies, and stress. And there are natural and gentle ways to troubleshoot this issue.
I'll give your five!
First, make sure you're eating enough calories.
Remember that now you need to eat to support your body's nutrient demands AND your growing tiny human. Eat when you're hungry and make sure you're eating the appropriate amount of proteins, healthy fats, and carbs to help meet exciting new demands of your body.
Second, stay hydrated, drink plenty of fluids.
Aim for at least 80 ounces of fluid everyday. Dehydration can be a huge factor in reduced breast milk supply. Think water, nourishing soups, broths and restorative herbal teas.
Third, reduce stress.
Your milk supply can and will decline if you're experiencing a lot of stress. So finding ways to reduce your stress levels will help get your breast milk supply up. Whether it be deep breathing, gentle exercise, taking a bath alone, or spending time with your girlfriends, make it a priority.
A healthy, happy, thriving baby is a result of a healthy, happy, thriving mom.
Fourth, drink galactagogue tea.
Fifth, nurse on demand.
The amount of breast milk you produce is dependent also on your baby. Your milk supply is determined by the stimulation that your baby provides while nursing. In other words, the more you breastfeed, the more milk your body produces. So, if you seem to be producing less milk than usual, try to feed your baby more often.
It's all about supply and demand. Latch your baby often. Feed on demand.
Try these five natural tips out and let me know how it goes.
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