By: Anna Katrina J. Bolivar
Hello there “breast friends”! How’s your breastfeeding journey so far? Well, we hope it’s going smoothly! There is a lot of breastfeeding articles available online aiming to help us breastfeeding mothers. In this current article, we aim to help those moms who are struggling or maybe just intending to increase their milk supply. Please read on and we hope this might be of help.
Because our babies get their nourishment from us, it is important that we, as much as we can, make the effort to sustain our milk supply to meet their needs. Some mothers don’t do anything in particular to increase their milk supply. They would simply drink plenty of water, stay away from stress, and latch on demand.
Some mothers, on the other hand, rely on food to increase their milk supply. Nevertheless, all breastfeeding mothers would benefit in every way from consuming foods that are said to boost milk supply. Especially for those of you who are pregnant, it would surely pay off to research and learn about food that would help you increase your milk supply.
It is also best to keep in mind that the best way to increase your milk supply is to still latch on demand. Just let your little one feed as often as he wants. This would stimulate your nerves to produce more milk. Whenever your breast is emptied by your milk monsters, this signals your body to increase production.
So you see, your baby is your key to increasing your milk supply; food will just be supplementary. Feed on demand is still the key!
Here are some of the foods that are known to enhance lactation:
Water and Juices
Oils and fats
While there is no scientific evidence and explanation to support the effectivity of these foods on breast milk, there are mothers who can attest to the benefits of these foods on their milk supply. These foods may or may not increase your milk supply but trying them out will definitely not hurt. So if you need to increase your milk supply, just let your baby feed on demand and try some of the foods that we suggested. Happy breastfeeding, momma!
Anna Katrina Bolivar is a first-time mom to a baby girl. She’s a stay-at-home, breastfeeding, cloth diapering, and cosleeping mom. She has her own blog at The Everyday Nanay. Despite all the challenges of a stay-at-home mom, she always goes to sleep with a heart that is overflowing with love for the Lord, her husband, and their precious little girl.