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How To Naturally Boost Your Breastmilk Supply in 5 Easy Ways

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Every new mom has a unique experience when it comes to breastfeeding. Some naturally have a good supply right away, others may have to wait a few days for breast milk to come, or may have a low supply. If you’re among the latter, here are 5 easy ways to increase your breast milk production naturally!

Eat a balanced diet and stay hydrated

In order to take care of your baby and feed him properly, you must first take care of yourself. Drink at least 8 glasses of water daily and eat a healthy and balanced diet. Breastfeeding mothers need an additional 500 calories daily. Remember that the content of your breast milk changes depending on your diet!

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Choose high-protein and energy-giving foods like fresh fruits and vegetables, eggs, lean meats, oatmeal, and yogurt (add flaxseed meal—many moms say it increases their supply!).

Don’t miss out on your vitamins

In addition to a healthy diet, the intake of vitamins is important for a nursing mother. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends folate, calcium, iron, and vitamin D.

Consider taking dietary supplements

Taking natural supplements has helped many mothers increase their milk production. Herbs known to help address this issue are called Galaktogoga and some examples include Blessed Thistle, Brewer’s Yeast and Fenugreek.

Experts recommend that you try different options or mix and match these natural capsules to find what works for your body. More importantly, consult your doctor beforehand.

Try to feed as needed

To boost milk production, try feeding as needed. This is because milk production is a supply-demand system – meaning the more your child eats, the more milk will be produced. Remember to let her drink completely at each breast because when a breast is completely empty it signals the brain to produce more milk.

Bake lactation cookies or try lactation teas

Many breastfeeding mothers around the world have found success with lactation cookies. You can buy them ready made or bake them yourself (so you can modify the ingredients to your liking!). Another milk-enhancing product that many moms say helps is lactation teas.

Before trying new things to increase your breast milk supply, it’s always ideal to consult your doctor first.

Try these 5 simple ways to boost your breast milk production naturally – don’t be discouraged and ask your doctor for advice. Remember, your baby can sense your frustration!

Thanks to Angela Kidd

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