I’m hearing many moms are having problems with her breastmilk flow. I can understand how only how stressful these times can be for any new breastfeeding mom. So instead of answering each of you one on one, I have put together this collection of solutions. These are a few strategies I’ve used with six of my nine babies. COVID-19 will not stop your milk flow! Let me know how these work for you.
1. Stay hydrated.
Try to drink at least eight eight-ounce glasses of water per day. Or a good lactation tea. I’ll share the recipe further down in this post.
2. Eat a well-balanced diet.
Breastfeeding moms need an extra ~500 calories per day. Choose nutritious food that give you energy, such as protein-rich foods like oatmeal, adding flaxseed meal or brewer’s yeast smoothies or yogurt, eggs, and veggies.
3. Don’t forget your vitamins!
Continue to take your prenatal vitamins. They have calcium, Vitamin D, Iron, Folic Acid -important vitamins and minerals.
4. Nurse often and follow your baby’s lead.
Nursing babies do not follow a schedule, they set it. So, try to go with the (milk) flow and feed on demand. Which means that every time your baby is hungry, you feed them. This certainly is not always possible, especially for moms who work outside the home. Which can be demanding but definitely worth the effort.
5. Let baby feed fully on each side.
Milk production is a demand-supply system so the more often baby feeds, the more milk production occurs. When your breast is fully empty, it sends a message to your brain to produce more milk. Added bonus, when you baby completely empties a breast, they are sure to get all the fore milk and fatty hind milk behind it, which is great for their development.:)
6. Bake lactation cookies.
Some women find that lactation cookies help—and even if they don’t, it’s still a good healthy treat ! You can bake some at home and modify the ingredients to your liking or buy pre-made cookies. (click here for recipe.)
7. Brew lactation teas.
Do you like to drink? Tea, that is! If so, you may want to try out lactation teas You have to love a strong to tea to see results. So if it’s something you can do – go for it.
Make Your Own Lactation Tea
- Mix two parts whole fennel seeds with one part whole fenugreek seeds.
- Store in a small airtight jar.
- Add half a teaspoon of tea to one litre of boiling water and sip warm throughout the day. …
- Ideally, make the tea in a thermos in the morning and keep it by your feeding chair for up to six hours.
8. Take Galactogogues supplements.
Galactogogues like Fenugreek, Blessed Thistle, and Brewer’s Yeast are herbal based supplements that can be taken separately or in a combo formulation. We have been growing these herbs on our urban farm for three years now. But most vitamin stores carry them as well.
9. Use a breast pump.
Pumps feels odd at first, but they work too! Use one to ensure your breast are empty after feeding. You should also use it when away from your baby to keep your milk flow up.
Many times moms feel like failures if she can’t nurse her baby. That isn’t the case. As long as your baby is being fed and growing you’re doing a good job. Some women have insufficient glandular tissue, chronic issues like PCOS, milk production issues, or other factors making breastfeeding very difficult or not possible. As a doula and fellow mom, I support you.
Here’s Cassie Sweetz page to order some lactation treats. (Click here)