Lactation stimulation

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Often, mothers think that their milk-production is quite low when in fact, this is not real. If your baby’s weight is constantly increasing, although it is only breast fed, then you should not make any worries about milk production.

It is important to note that breast feeling empty, your child’s behavior, calling to care or pumped volume of breast milk are not valid ways to determine if a woman has enough milk for her child.

What can happen if the child does not grow properly weight? If the baby has an adequate number of wet and dirty diapers, milk production is sufficient.


1. Overview
2. Answers to possible concerns about decreased milk production
3. Potential causes of low milk production
4. Milk production increasing
5. Natural remedies
6. Plants to avoid
7. Other remedies

Answers to possible concerns about decreased milk production

- Your child wants to be breast fed frequently – Breast milk is digested quickly (usually 1.5-2 hours), so breastfed children have to eat more often than babies who are formula fed. Many babies feel strong need to eat. Children also feel the need of continuous contact with mother in order to feel safe. All these things are normal and the baby will not be spoiled if i will meet these needs.

- Baby suddenly increases the frequency and duration of suckling at the breast – this is due to a growth spurt. As more baby sucks at the breast, the more milk supply. Do not give your baby milk supplements because when this happens, the need to complete will inform your body that the baby does not need extra milk and breast milk supply will decrease.

- The baby sucks more often and is fussy in the evening – Many babies are fussy both daytime and evening. This twitter can have many reasons but often disappears before they find a reason.

- Sucking duration is not as long as expected – As children grow and suck better, the breast is emptied increasingly better during suckling but also faster.

- Breasts are not emptied when breast milk leaks from the breast before the baby’s meals. Leaks often stop after the amount of milk was adapted to baby’s needs.

- You don’t feel the milk ejection (which is reflex) or feel that it is not as intense as before – Some women never feel ejection reflex, but this does not mean that there is a problem with milk production.

- The amount of milk pumped is too low or do not have milk at all. The amount of milk that you can pump is not relevant. In the breast Is stored a bigger volume of milk and a healthy baby sucks more efficiently than any pump. Also, pumping is a different process of sucking child and it depends on the type of pump used. Some women whose breasts have enough milk are unable to deliver milk when using the pump for milking.

Potential causes of low milk production

There are several causes that may cause or contribute to decreased milk production

- Use of supplements – sucking is a process based on supply and demand. Milk production is based on a mechanism that is adjusted according to how frequently and vigorously your child sucks. After any extra glass of water, juice, tea or baby formula that will take, it will suck less, and the mother will receive signal to produce much less milk.

- Nipple confusion – When baby sucks milk from a bottle, this is different than sucking at the breast, and the youngest will be easier to suck. Therefore, if the child is offered milk bottle can occurs some problems such as right breast sucking or can lead in manifest preference for the bottle (milk flow is released from a bottle constantly and rapidly compared to that that comes from the breast) .

- Dummies – Dummies may also contribute to nipple confusion – time spent by the baby at the breast may decrease as the amount of milk produced.

- Nipple protectors can cause nipple confusion – They can also reduce, the nipple stimulation or can interfere with supply and demand cycle that underlies dairy production.

- Meals programming may interfere with milk supply and demand and may contribute to decreased milk production, a few months later. Because of that is important to breastfeed your baby whenever he is hungry (on request).

- The sleepy child – In the first weeks, newborns are sleepy and want to suck quite rare and very short periods of time. Until the child wakes up and asks to breastfeed constantly trying to wake him and feed him breast at least every two hours during the day and at least every 4 hours at night to stabilize the quantity of milk.

- Shortening the time for sucking – Stopping breastfeeding before your baby to finish on his own the breast meal, may interfere with the supply and demand cycle. Also, the fat content of milk (the underlying weight gain) is greater toward the end of lactation.

- Sucking from one single breast while breastfeeding – this is fine if the quantity of milk is well established and your baby gains weight steadily. If you want to refill milk production, let the child finish sucking a breast, then move it in the other breast.

- Health or anatomical problems may prevent little children to suckle properly, thus reducing milk production.

Milk production increasing

Milk production is a process based on supply and demand mechanism. If a mother wants to increase milk production is important to understand better this process and to not stop breastfeeding, even if she thinks that at some point, she does not provide a sufficient amount of milk for the baby (most important benchmark in is constantly increasing child weight).

To accelerate the rate of milk and to fill a whole volume of milk, the key is that breast be emptied by a larger quantity of milk frequently, for the milk to accumulate in the breast, between meals.

Here are some ways that milk production can be increased:

- Make sure that baby is nursing enough – As more baby sucks, the milk production will increase. If milk is not effectively removed, the amount will decrease. A sleepy baby, use of nipple shields for different anatomical problems or health of the child, may interfere with baby’s ability to completely empty the mother’s breast milk.

Inefficient sucking will nourish failure can result in the child. If the baby is not breastfed enough and your breasts are not empty, it is important to use the machine milking mother after, or between meals to maintain milk production at an optimal level until breastfeeding problems will be solved.

- Keep the baby to breast as long as he is actively sucking. Do not forget to remove the remaining milk, frequently. If your child has a weight problem, place it breast at least 1.5-2 hours during the day and every 3 hours during the night.

- Take a little vacation from breastfeeding. Keep your child in bed for 2-3 days and do nothing else than to breastfeed as much and rest (normal, feed and drink plenty of fluids will). Give the baby to suck, both breasts. Let your baby empty one breast at first and then give him and to suck from the second breast.

Change the child’s sucking position when asleep or lose interest and do not let your baby suck only for convenience (it is important to actively suck).

- Avoid bottles and pacifiers. With these the baby will satisfy the need to suck at the breast. If you need a temporary health supplement, it can be administered by spoon or syringe, dropper or cup.

- Give the child only breast milk. Avoid all forms of solid food, water and milk formula before your child reaches the age of six months.

- Rest enough for the mother. Rest and sleep while your baby sleeps. Relax, drink liquids when you are thirsty (do not do this forced – no excess liquid helps increase milk production) and follow a balanced and healthy diet.

- Use pump for milking, after or between milking sessions, especially if the baby is not feeding effectively (small amounts of milk) or frequently. Use pump for milking purpose is to remove as much breast milk and to increase the frequency of breast emptying.

For after pumping to increase milk production, make sure that through milking you remove the optimal amount of breast milk and continue to milk yourself another 2-5 minutes even after the last drops of milk. Even a short milking session (every some common even if not eliminated all of the milk) may be helpful.

- Consider galactogene products. Use of herbs or drugs can increase the amount of milk (are galactogene).

Natural remedies

- Fenugreek and blessed thistle helps increase breast milk production when consumed consistently. It is believed that both plants can be used safely by breastfeeding and tend to act better combined. It is recommended to receive three such capsules three times a day, but there may be variations in the potency of these plants. Both seem to work fast. If you do not notice any improvement after the first week of use, it would be advisable to try other remedies.

- Fennel is considered a safe natural remedy to stimulate milk production. Although it has not been tested scientifically, fennel consumption is considered safe for both mother and baby. It can be used in capsule form and is more effective in combination with other herbs such as fenugreek seeds in tea.

- Fennel is another herb that can be consumed as a tea (a teaspoon of seeds will be added in a cup of hot water and will leave a few minutes to infuse). Both anise, caraway and fennel consumed by the mother, besides stimulating milk secretion, have an important role in calming the baby’s colic. For this purpose the mother should drink 1-2 cups of tea (by mixing these plants) per day.

- Other plants that are recommended to stimulate milk production growth: red raspberry leaf, chamomile, milk thistle, alfalfa and nettle. These ingredients can be found in various teas combined as indicated in nursing mothers. And yeast is recommended for the same purpose in the form of capsules or added to foods.

Plants to avoid

Women who are breastfeeding should avoid eating certain plants because they could be detrimental to the child. These include ginseng, licorice root and comfrey. In addition, many fenugreek supplements contain thyme too. These mixtures will be avoided. If there are any doubts about a by a plant and its effect on the child should be sought the pediatrician advice.

Other remedies

In addition to herbal remedies, adding foods in the diet can stimulate and increase milk production in case of nursing mothers. These foods should be numbers: oatmeal, garlic and ginger.

Although herbal remedies and alternative methods are helpful for increasing lactation, however the best way to support this process is to ensure that your baby suck properly and does not face any difficulty when feeding.



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