Low breast milk supply is a nursing or breast pumping mother’s greatest fear. Mothers, especially first time Moms, feel uncertainty at times. Fear or uncertainty has been felt by women throughout the ages. Unfortunately, the stress that is caused by the fear and uncertainty can be one of the causes of low milk supply.
Okay, so what can a nursing or breast pumping Mom do if she feels concerned about milk supply?
- Relax; find the easiest way to just chill out for a few minutes every day.
- Nurse or pump often, especially in a calm, restful place. This will increase milk production. Also, play soft music or do relaxation exercises before you nurse or pump.
- Be good to yourself! Eat well, walk or exercise each day, rest any time you can, give yourself positive feedback, and ask for help when you need it.
- Drink lots and lots of fluids, but avoid caffeine and alcohol. Try some of our Milkmaid Tea. Drink a beverage whenever you sit down to nurse or pump.
- Be careful about birth control pills, due to hormones that might cause milk supply problems.
- Try our More Milk Plus Vegetarian Capsule with herbs known to encourage increased breast milk production.
- Play soft music or do relaxation exercises before you nurse or pump.
- Gently massage your breasts before you nurse or pump.
Consider, that feeding is as much a social activity as a nutritional one. Your baby’s growth and development are based partly on the strong bond that grows during feedings. Cuddle your baby close during each feeding. Gaze into your baby’s eyes. Talk or sing to your baby with a tender voice. Enjoy the occasion to create your baby’s sense of well-being, trust and comfort.
Once you gain confidence and overcome concerns, you and your precious baby will enjoy this brief period of unique bonding that lasts a lifetime.