When I was pregnant with my second child, I knew for sure that by any means I would take breast milk. And not because the first daughter got a little (she was on mixed feeding), but because feeding only milk is much easier and more convenient.
Lactation increase with fluid
I will not conceal that I had a real fear of losing milk. In the hospital, the doctor said, drink more fluids and everything will be fine. But fear has big eyes! And I drank not just more liquid, but a lot. And it was not pure water.
In the first place in consumption was tea with condensed milk. I drank mug after mug, and the third was on the way. Naturally, she ran to the toilet very often, but her chest was also full.
Herbal tea came to replace tea. Right at the dacha, dried lemon balm, dill, brewed parsley and saw. Used and rosehip infusion. And you know, very good taste, especially if sweetened.
They recommended me and licorice, but this is something terrible. From the sweetness of the grass I was sick, the feeling was like during toxicosis at the beginning of pregnancy. My advice, if you do not like sweet foods, better do without licorice.
Trouble worth fearing
Everything we do must be done with the mind and without fanaticism. And I didn’t pay attention to the fact that my arms and legs were swollen. Sometimes the body after the night was so filled with liquid that it could not lean on the feet.
The danger of such a state is threatened by diseases of the kidneys and joints, which are compressed by the fluid that has accumulated in the body. Therefore, girls, using liquid, as a way to improve lactation, do not forget about your health.
Other ways to increase lactation
Upon returning to the city, she began to apply more benign methods.
- The most innocuous is breast massage under a warm shower before feeding.
When the breast is warmed up, the baby sucks the milk more easily, which means that he drinks more. As a result, there will be more milk too. And the chest is warm, the baby is nice to poke in such a nose.
- When it seemed to me that my daughter was not full, I often applied her to my chest. The more times she pulls the nipple, the more milk will come. As far as I know, this is due to the production of the hormone prolactin.
- And another way that many do not know. Take note of yourself. Prolactin is produced best at night, in the region of 2 hours. Therefore, feeding the baby at this time – the right thing! If the child eats at this time, the hormone is produced in large quantities, and milk, respectively, too.
My daughter always ate in this gap. I can not say how much she drank, but the next feeding was after 6-7 hours.
Night sleep with a child – as a way to increase lactation
This was for me the news that sharing sleep with a child at night can increase lactation. But everything is simple and so logical! Judge for yourself.
I like this expression – an artificial reflex, it works in the latter case.
When the baby moves, the mother already knows on a subconscious level, he wants to eat, will eat, and is ready to give a breast. At this point, the body starts the mechanism of milk production. What is not a way to improve lactation?
All nature has thought for us, and we drink pills and eat artificial products.
I hope, my experience will help you, and bon appetit to cute pups.
And what methods of improving lactation did you use?