It is very common for new mother who is breastfeeding, to wonder if her baby is getting enough breast milk. Please read the following page, on how to check if you have a sufficient supply of breastmilk. If there is a concern about supply, and it seems like it is too low, there are several things that can be tried to increase breast milk supply. Eating enough calories, getting enough rest, and even trying a few herbal supplements, such as Fenugreek are all things to explore.
Firstly, breast feeding uses up a lot of calories. Depending on BMI, most new mothers need to make sure that they are consuming 500 more calories than what they were, before the pregnancy. A good rule of thumb to go by, is to take in at least 2,200 calories per day to maintain milk production. As the fat supply that a pregnant women puts on while pregnant depletes, more calories will be needed to produce more breast milk.
Secondly, getting enough rest and allowing the body to relax, reset, and rejuvenate is important for milk production. Lack of adequate rest is one of the most common causes of low breast milk supply. Resting can certainly be a challenge with a new baby in the house, but it is essential for at least maintaining a decent supply of breast milk.
Lastly, although there is no proven scientific reasons why most herbs works, supplements such as Fenugreek are used world wide, with great results. Fenugreek in particular is a herb used to increase breast milk production. Fenugreek was even used by women in ancient times and may be purchased here on amazon. Most women see an increase in milk production usually in about 24 hours, give or take. I recommend the natural form of Fenugreek. Fenugreek seeds can be boiled and taken as a tea with honey and lemon for taste.
All in all, there are some very easy and natural solutions to increasing breast milk supply. The most important are making sure that the mother consumes enough calories and gets enough rest. If those two are not an issue, then herbs may be beneficial.
Other pages on breastfeeding problems in connection with this page
* Combination feeding (giving baby formula and breastmilk)
* Other galactagogues. (substances that increase breast milk supply)
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