Breastfeeding problems are quite common and a lot of breastfeeding moms encounter these on a daily. However, these problems can be easily sorted using the right breastfeeding techniques.
I stopped breastfeeding a long time ago, but I still remember vividly the very first time I tried to suckle my newborn baby and the struggles and frustrations I experienced trying to do so. Of course, I put her to my breasts, still basking in the euphoria of being a new mom and in the capacity of being able to nurse, but sadly, my breasts were dry! Nothing came out! Zilch! Nada!
My baby was screaming in hunger while I stared on in frustration and confusion, unable to understand why my breasts weren’t gushing with breast milk like I’d seen in a few documentaries and movies. This happened a few more times and eventually I knew there was a problem and I had to seek a solution to my lack of milk problem.
Talking to other breastfeeding moms gave me an insight as to what the problem was and luckily, I was able to solve my small breastfeeding problem in time to still give my daughter the breastfeeding experience I dreamed of.
Inadequate breastmilk production is one of the breastfeeding problems a few new (and even old) moms face. You find your breasts producing very little milk to meet your baby’s demand or worse, producing no milk at all.
If you find you’re having a similar problem or know someone who is, here are some of the ways you can boost your breast milk supply:
Five Solutions to Breastfeeding Moms will Find Useful
This might seem like a no-solution telling you to breast often when you aren’t producing much milk at all. However, research has shown that breast milk production works on a reverse solution and breastfeeding often is one of the best solutions to breastfeeding problems.
The breastmilk ducts produce breastmilk in response to your baby’s demands and putting your baby to your breasts often tells the breasts it needs to up it’s production to satisfy demand.
So, you should breastfeed as your baby demands, even when not much breastmilk is being produced.
Drink Plenty of Fluids
Since breastmilk is a combination of nutrients and fluid, not taking enough water will see it dry up in no time.
Adults are advised to take eight 8-ounces of water daily, but breastfeeding moms who needs to boost her breast milk supply, you’d need to increase recommended dose and add at least four extra 8-ounces glasses.
You can spread out how often you drink water, that way you don’t get overwhelmed.
Ensure the Baby Empties One Breast Before Moving On to the Other
When you have breastmilk leftover from a feed, your breast ducts don’t get the signal to produce more. However, emptying one breast completely before moving to the next tells it your baby has a large appetite which must be satisfied.
If your baby is unable to completely empty one breast doing a feed, you could try expressing and keep this refrigerated. Stored breastmilk can last for up to six weeks when refrigerated and six months when frozen.
Eat Foods to Boost Your Milk Supply
Another good way to get your breastmilk flowing is to eat foods that boost breastmilk supply. This good have been proven over time to boost breastmilk production and including them in your diet will bring about very positive results.
Some foods that will increase your milk reduction include apricot, pawpaw, oatmeal, fenugreek, spinach, chasteberry, barley, barley malt, brewer’s ueast, and sage.
Make these breastmilk boosting food your main diet, especially during the first few weeks in your breastfeeding journey and you will notice a surge in your breastmilk production.
Do Not Turn to the Bottle
Do not turn to the bottle when your milk isn’t coming as you would expect. However, doing so will make your breastmilk dry up completely.
Keep putting your baby to your breast (even when you are frustrated) and the more she suckles, the more your breastmilk supply will increase to meet your baby’s demand.
These breastmilk boosting techniques have proven to be effective time and time again. Also, a lot of struggling moms report not having to practice them for too long before their breastmilk production normalized and was able to meet their baby’s
demand. In a few of these cases the breastmilk became so much, it resulted in a whole new problem of too much breast, much more than the baby needed.
What to Do with Excess Breastmilk
If you find you now have more breastmilk than is needed, here are a few things you can do with it:
There are some mother’s who, for one health reason or the other cannot breastfeed but would love to. Donating your excess breastmilk would come in handy to such people as you’d likely be fulfilling a mother’s desire to exclusively breastfeed her baby.
You’d also be indirectly breastfeeding a baby somewhere.
If you are in dire need of cash, then selling your excess breastmilk would be another creative thing you can do with it.
There are tons of websites that would happily purchase it from you and you can search out one or two of these.
3. Breastfeeding Moms Can Give their Baby a Breastmilk Bath
Run a bath using breastmilk and water to give your baby a smoother, more moisturized skin.
4.Add It to Your Baby’s Meal
Since breastmilk can be stored in a freezer for up to six months, you can decide to mix this into your baby’s meal when she transitions to solid.
To do this, bring out of the freezer, allow thaw and then mix in.
5.Use as a Treatment for Pink Eye
Breastmilk is a great remedy for pink eye. A few drops of this in the affected eye will see it drying up in a matter of days.
6. Breastfeeding Moms Can Use the Excess as a Treatment for Other Heath Conditions
Other health conditions breastmilk will effectively manage or cure include blocked tear ducts, ear infections, diaper rash, and baby acne.
7.Use as a Treatment for Cracked Nipples
Breastmilk will also bring relief from the pain of cracked nipples. Just apply a few drops to the affected part, several times daily until it completely heals up.
8. Breastfeeding Moms Can Make their Excess Breastmilk Into Soap or Lotion
Breastmilk can also be added as a useful ingredient in soaps or lotions to give you that smooth, wells moisturized skin.