8 Home Remedies to Increase Breastmilk Production
By : Baby Destination Editor
Lactation or breastfeeding is the most important and preferred way to ensure complete nutrition for infants. It also aids mothers’ well being. However, most women lactate well, there are cases where women find themselves unable to lactate or there is insufficient breast milk that recedes as the initial phase passes. Nursing women may find it worrisome if they are not producing breast milk enough to support their baby’s daily feeding requirements.
Low lactation levels can be due to excess interfering medication, certain illnesses, intake, stress, hormone imbalance or, inability to feed properly. However, it is best to address the issue in time to avoid malnutrition in newborns as it breast milk is beneficial for their immune system as well as the neuro-brain functions.
Apart from home remedies, you might need some tips to boost lactation.
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Although your doctor could prescribe you medications or ask you to opt for top feed for the baby you can try tackle this right at home. Here’s how:
#1. Fenugreek: The humble Indian ‘methidana’ is grandma’s medicine for increasing breast milk. Soak one tbsp of seeds in a cup of water overnight. Next morning boil this water with seeds in for 5-7 minutes and drink. It’s not tasty but yields miraculous results.
Boiling Fenugreek seeds with dals will combat acidity and gastric problems too and lend taste. Traditional methi laddus are made for this same purpose.
#2. Super foods: Fennel seeds (saunf), cumin seeds, black sesame seeds, garlic, and cinnamon when used in your daily food can augment lactation as they are excellent galactagogues. Fennel also aids digestion in mothers and offers relief from colic in infants. Cinnamon is known to delay menstruation, as it causes lactation. Cinnamon and garlic lend their special taste to breast milk, which babies like. The black sesame seeds, on the other hand, are an excellent source of calcium.
Mix a pinch of powdered cinnamon with honey and warm milk or water twice a day for better results. Steep fennel seeds in a cup of hot water for 30 minutes and drink it up twice daily. Also, include roasted fennel in your daily cooking. Garlic can be had raw or cooked in your daily dishes. However, having 1-2 raw garlic pods right before feeding time can help increase breast milk supply.
#3. Drumsticks: A very common ingredient of various South Indian dishes, drumsticks are full of nutrients and help to boost the supply of breast milk in women. It helps the veins of the breast to open up and stimulates the mammary glands, thus leading to increased milk supply. The best way to include them in your diet is to have drumsticks soup and juice.
#4. Holy Basil: This traditional herb has been used to boost milk supply in women since times immemorial. Loaded with niacin, iron, thiamine, and carotene, it helps to protect the mother and her baby from various diseases and infections. Just prepare a tulsi tea and drink it twice daily after childbirth.
#5. Drink lots of liquids: Your body is losing all the dirty blood and you need to breastfeed your baby so you need to stay hydrated. Drink lots of liquids including water, coconut water, milk, lemonade and buttermilk since these will quench your thirst and help the breasts to produce adequate quantity of milk.
#6. Stay nourished: Eat a diet high in calcium and proteins. Eat lots of green leafy vegetables, lentils, spinach and beet leaves, carrots, apricots and asparagus so increase the quantity and quality of your milk.
#7. Warm compresses: If you aren’t lactating enough and are experiencing pain then try compressing breasts with warm water pads evenly. Rotate and relax. Do this often. It could be due to engorged breasts. Also in case of cracked nipples, clarified butter (desi ghee) works best to heal faster and is safer than ointments even for the baby.
#8. Relaxation and bonding: A free and rested mind lets the body behave and respond well to situations and in this case, adequate lactation. Pain means there are chances that the latching of baby to the breast is not right. You may need some supervising help until you get this right.
If it is painful, the bonding between you and baby at feeding times will not happen. Bonding increases feeding time, thereby increasing demand which finally will be met with enough supply.
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