In our previous blog post we had a look at some food that can help to increase the supply of breast milk while feeding the child. Here, we’ll look at some tips on how they can increase the supply of breast milk & in turn have a positive impact on the infant’s health.
In addition to eating the right food, the mother must ensure following things.:
- Drink 10-12 glasses of water – Breast milk is liquid after all so if you do not drink enough, no matter what you eat, you will not be able to produce enough milk. A good way to keep up with your liquid intake is to drink a glass of water every time you feed your baby.
- Breastfeed your baby regularly – your body adapts milk production to the amount being demanded. So if you start supplementing your milk with formula or other supplements, your milk supply will go down. The more you feed your baby, the more milk your body will produce. You may find that milk production is best when you develop a feeding routine for your baby and feed at regular intervals. This gives your body the time to produce the needed amount again.
- Get enough rest – if you are too tired, your body will not have the energy to produce milk properly. So try to catch up on your rest and sleep during the day if you are up a lot at night.
- Try to relax – getting used to your new life as a mum can be stressful at times. Stress is known to affect the let-down reflex that secretes milk and even milk production. So for your and your baby’s sake, its a good idea to try to relax. Try to arrange for help in the house whether it is from family members or hired help.
In addition to approach, it is important to monitor the health indicators of both mother & the baby on a continuous basis. eKincare – your personal health manager helps you upload your medical reports, health indicators & consolidate medical history on a secure, cloud based platform, thus helping you manage your health in a better way.
Dr Pooja Chhawcharia is the Senior Nutritionist at eKincare with over 7 years of experience in Nutrition education, diet counseling and research. She is a Registered Dietician with the Indian Dietetic Association and Certified Diabetes Educator recognized by the International Diabetes federation . She is also interested in ancillary sciences such as Yoga and Naturopathy.