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Increasing Breast Milk

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Not Enough Milk!! I’m going crazy my baby cries after every feeding. How do I know if my baby is getting enough? Is any way for increasing breast milk ?

If your baby’s eyes shine, he has healthy skin and at least 6 to 10 wet diapers a day, then he is probably getting enough milk. If he is lively and gains weight steadily, his discomfort may come from something besides hunger.

Are you misinterpreting the baby’s crying as a hunger signal? (Very quiet babies risk not getting enough milk more often than do those who cry a lot) Are you interpreting the normal changes in your breasts (getting softer) as signs of insufficient milk?

There may be several possible explanations for this fear. Possible Causes:

1. Your milk production is not being stimulated sufficiently because

•    You and your baby are separated for long periods of time.

•    The hospital does not have a 24-hour rooming in policy.

•    Your baby’s hunger has been satisfied with supplementary formula (or glucose water) and he is less eager at the breast.

•    Your baby is often given a pacifier to satisfy him, so he demands the breast less often.

•    Your baby is too weak to suck at the breast right now.

•    Your baby is very sleepy or doesn’t announce his need to nurse often enough.

2. Your let down reflex is being affected by

•    stress, fatigue, insecurity or anxiety

•    ambivalent feelings about breastfeeding

•    tension in your household (for example, if your partner is opposed to breastfeeding)

3. Your baby is not correctly positioned at the breast .

4. Because of a growth spurt, your baby needs more of your breast milk. You can’t satisfy him until your milk supply increases to meet his new demand.

5. Your daily habits are influencing your milk production or the milk flow.

•    Do you rest often enough?

•    Are you taking medication, including birth control pills?

•    Do you smoke?

•    Do you drink alcohol ?

•    Are you doing too much or having too many visitors?

•    Are you drinking enough fluid ?

•    Are you eating well-balanced, nutritious meals ?

Although eating well does not generally affect your milk supply, it can positively affect your health and well being.

Increasing Breast Milk

1. Breastfeeding is a matter of supply and demand. The more you nurse, the more milk you will have. If your baby doesn’t ask to nurse often enough, you may have to wake him at certain intervals (for example, every two or three hours) for a while to “condition” the baby and your body.

2. Many babies are especially restless in the late afternoon. This restlessness may have nothing to do with breastfeeding and everything to do with too much activity or some new stimulus, Your baby may be “processing” the many impressions he had during the day.

3. If you have nursed your baby on both sides, go back and give him the first breast again before ending the session. Do this for a few feedings to increase your milk production.

4. If you can’t stimulate enough milk by the baby’s sucking, increase your milk supply by hand expressing or pumping .

5. Sometimes, between the sixth and tenth days, mothers worry they don’t have enough milk. There is some reason for this. Leaving the hospital, having total responsibility for the baby at home, maybe having a lot of visitors to the home who want to admire the baby all these create a stressful situation that coincides with the baby’s first growth spurt. It’s possible your milk supply is temporarily not meeting your baby’s needs. Don’t supplement! Instead, breastfeed more often. In 48 hours your breast milk production will increase.

6. You may be afraid you don’t have enough milk when you notice your breasts have gotten smaller and softer again. Don’t worry! It means the milk ducts have stabilized. The right amount of milk is being produced.

7. At 6 and at 12 weeks, babies have growth spurts. Follow the same advice as before: Breastfeed more often, don’t supplement, and your milk supply will increase again.

8. In many cases there is enough milk, but the let-down reflex isn’t working.  Try to find your inner balance through a massage, a warm shower, a foot bath, a warm drink, music, a comfortable atmosphere, harmonizing fragrances, breathing and relaxation exercises, or visualization exercises to “nurture” the breast and release the milk flow. Allow yourself times of quiet and contemplation to “turn off.”

9. Find a doula to help during your first days with your baby. Spend a day or a weekend in bed and let yourself be nurtured, even spoiled, without feeling guilty.

10. Arrange for outside help for your household.

11. Find support from a breastfeeding group or from other nursing mothers in your area. You can even find support over the telephone or on the Internet.

12. If something worries you, talk with someone you trust a friend, minister or rabbi, therapist or counselor. “Getting it off your chest” may bring relief.

13. As soon as your baby gets a bottle, the weaning process begins. Your milk supply will be reduced, Even glucose water spoils the baby’s appetite for mother’s milk. The fine balance of supply and demand is disturbed. If you have already given one or more bottles and want to reverse the trend, gradually replace the formula feedings, one at a time, with breast milk. If you have decided to continue to offer formula at certain meals and nurse at other feedings, there may be a consequence: Your baby may suck less and less well at the breast as a result.

14. Be sure you get enough fluid (more than two quarts or liters a day) and eat a balanced diet (rich in calcium, protein and vitamin B-12). Many women can increase their milk supply by drinking milk-enhancing teas (three to six cups a day) or by taking a vitamin B rich, brewer’s yeast supplement.

15. Above all: Have faith you can increase your milk production at will. You can do it

16. You might try a homeopathic remedy under the guidance of a specialist. Let the practitioner know you are breastfeeding. Some homeopathic remedies typically used in this situation are Bryonia C6, Calcium Carbonate C6, Ignatia C6, Pulsatilla C6 and Zincum metallicum C6.

17. You may want to try Bach Flower remedies. Ask yourself what emotional condition might be inhibiting your milk production or flow. A trained therapist may be able to help you choose an effective

remedy based on your answer. Plausible remedies for this situation include: Agrimony, Cerato, Clematis, Crab Apple, Elm, Holly, Hombeam, Impatiens, Larch, Olive, Pine, Rock Water or Star of Bethlehem.

18. Aromatherapy may help. To stimulate milk production, you can make a massage oil with which to gently massage your breast.  While your baby is still a newborn, do not apply the oil to your breast
too close to feeding time, because the fragrance will be too strong for the baby’s sensitive nose. Also, avoid rubbing the oil into the nipple and areola.

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