Breastfeeding is a wonderful way to nourish your bub, but supply can be a struggle for many new mums. Even if you’ve mastered the art of the latch, it’s normal to worry about whether or not your bambino is getting enough of the good stuff. The key to breastfeeding success is understanding breastmilk supply.
So, let’s take a look at what you can do to support your breastfeeding journey.
Breastfeeding is all about supply and demand. It might seem like magic that the same boobs that feed your teeny tiny newborn can keep up with your growing cherub, month after month, but it’s a simple equation – the more milk your baby takes from your breasts, the more milk you will make.
Feed your baby on demand, as often as they want for as long as they want, and your body will take care of the rest. Yes, this means that sometimes (especially in those early days) it will feel like all you’re doing is feeding your baby, but it won’t always be that way. And you can rest assured that you’re working together to build your supply so that your little milk monster gets what they need to grow and thrive.
Increase water intake
We all know how important good hydration is to our overall health. And it’s especially important for a breastfeeding mama. Your body is literally making food for a tiny human, and that’s pretty thirsty work. Aim to drink 2 to 3 litres of water a day.
Eat plenty of protein and fats
Breastfeeding uses a tonne of energy and nutrients. So, it’s important that you give your body what it needs to be a top-notch milk-making machine. Eat a healthy diet packed with plenty of protein and fats – think meat, fish, chicken, eggs and dairy. Vego options include nuts, seeds, legumes and avocado (or even a protein shake).
Get plenty of rest
Alright, this might seem impossible while your juggling feeding, nappy changing, clothes washing, bed making, chore doing and all the rest, but it really is important to get as much rest as you can. Sleep when the baby sleeps if you can, or at least try and squeeze in a quick 15-minute meditation – every little bit of rest helps. And remember, sometimes the washing up can wait.
Try not to stress
If you’re a stressed-out mama, unfortunately, it shows in your milk supply. And that’s a vicious cycle because a low supply is just one more stress you don’t need. If you’re feeling the pressure, do your best to nip it in the bud – ask for help, make sure you have the support of family and friends to share the load, or even pay for some outside help if you can. Remember, you’re the only one who can breastfeed your bub, but anyone can run a vacuum or put a load on.
Support your breastfeeding with the right supplements
The right supplement can go a long way towards supporting your breastmilk supply. NaturoBest’s Lactation Support has been formulated by a fertility naturopath and herbalist to improve breast milk production, support breastfeeding and support the nervous system in breastfeeding mothers.
It contains herbs like goats rue and fenugreek to boost your milk supply, nettle leaf to boost the quality of your breast milk and vervain to help keep your stress levels down. It’s also vegan-friendly and free from GMOs and many allergens. Remember to consult your health professional before use.
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This article was written on behalf of NaturoBest.