Natural ways to increase breast milk

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As a new mother, we’ll start with congratulating you. It must be a delight finally getting to meet the one you carried inside you for nine whole months, we can understand your excitement!
Of course we know you want only the best for your child, especially when they are new born. You can’t help the tenderness and care you shower on the little one.
You may already know that for new borns, it’s important that they stick with just breast milk for the first few months of their lives. This is to ensure that they develop properly and their immune system functions properly.
It may be a source of concern for you if you’re not producing enough milk for your little one. The good news is that we’ve come up with a list of natural ways you can start producing more breast milk for the little infant.
Causes Of Low Breast Milk Supply
Below are a few possible factors that could be responsible for your low breast milk production
• Not drinking enough water
• You started breastfeeding late and not on the day of delivery
• You’ve had breast surgery prior to child birth
• Medications
• Premature birth
• Diabetes
• Maternal obesity
• High blood pressure

Facts About Breastfeeding
• Breast Milk boosts the immunity of a baby
• Breastfeeding an infant reduced the risk of the infant contracting diseases much later.
• It reduces the mother’s risk of developing Osteoporosis, breast cancer and heart disease.
• Breastfeeding helps the mother recover faster postpartum.
• Breastfeeding more often will help new mothers get back in shape.
• Seventy five percent of new moms tend to produce more milk in their right breast and less in their left.
• With breastfeeding, the risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) is lowered.
• Infants run less risk of getting braces or developing cavities later in life.
• Babies are able to sleep as a result of certain substances in breastmilk. It also promotes calmness in mothers.

The following facts show that breastfeeding truly is important, especially during the early months of an infant’s life.
Best Foods To Increase Breast Milk Supply

Fenugreek Seed

Here’s what you’ll need:

• One teaspoon of fenugreek
• One cup of water
• Honey
Fenugreek seeds are a sure way to increase breast milk supply. They exhibit galactagogue properties in the nursing mother(i.e increases breast milk production) and are also good sources of phytoestrogen.

Here’s what you should do:

• In one cup of water, boil a teaspoon of fenugreek seeds.
• Let it simmer for five minutes before straining
• When it’s warm enough, add some honey and drink.
• Drink three times a day to boost the production of breast milk

Torbangun

Here’s what you’ll need:

• Torbangun leaves
Torbangun is a popular herb used especially in Bataknese traditional cuisine. Gradually, it’s getting more attention in the west. It has been proven to increase the production of breast milk.

Here’s what you should do:

• Drink torbangun soup or tea.
• You could also add it to other foods and take as often as possible .

Drumsticks

Here’s what you’ll need:

• Half a cup of freshly extracted drumstick juice
Drumsticks contains lots of nutrients that help to stimulate the production of milk in the mammary glands. Apart from stimulating milk production, it also boosts blood circulation, which in turn boosts the supply of milk.

Here’s what you should do:

• Simply drink half a cup of freshly extracted drumstick juice once everyday.

Fennel Seeds

Here’s what you’ll need:

• One teaspoon of fennel seeds
• Honey
• One cup of hot water
Fennel is another useful galactagogue which is useful for nursing mothers. Its seeds contain phytoestrogens, useful in the stimulation of breast milk production.

Here’s what you should do:

• Add one teaspoon of fennel seeds to a cup of hot water
• Steep for about ten minutes and strain
• Let the tea cool down before adding a little honey
• Drink the tea thrice everyday.
• As an alternative, you can also snack on some fennel seeds.

Milk Thistle

Here’s what you’ll need:

• Milk thistle supplements
Milk thistle is a flowering plant that has been in use for a long time in boosting breast milk production. It contains phytoestrogens, which helps increase the supply of breast milk.

•Here’s what you should do:

Simply take at least two capsules of milk thistles daily.

Goat’s Rue

Here’s what you’ll need:

• Goat’s rue supplements
This galactagogue is popularly used in France and other European countries. Apart from its lactogenic properties, it also enhances the development of the mammary duct tissue.
Worthy of note is that goat’s rue may cause hypoglycemia. We suggest that you speak with your doctor before taking these supplements and don’t skip meals if you’re taking the supplements.

Here’s what you should do:

• Simply take the supplements everyday to boost your breast milk supply
Garlic

Here’s what you’ll need:

• Garlic cloves (peeled)

Garlic has lactogenic properties that help increase the supply of breast milk in lactating mothers. It also possesses antifungal properties and helps strengthen mother and infant bond.

Here’s what you should do:

• Start by mincing the garlic cloves.
• Add the paste to your dishes.
• As an alternative, you can chew a few cloves of garlic throughout the day. Be sure you won’t be sharing your garlic breath though.

Herbal Tea

Here’s what you’ll need:

• Caraway tea, anise tea or any other herbal tea
Anise and Caraway are phytoestrogens that exhibit estrogenic properties. Apart from stimulating milk production, it also helps unclog milk ducts that are clogged and thus enhances more breast milk.

Here’s what you should do:

• Simply drink about three cups of caraway or anise tea daily

Salmon

Here’s what you’ll need:

• Cooked salmon (wild-caught)
Salmon contains a high omega-3 fatty acid and lots of other essential fatty acids that make it ideal for increasing the production of breast milk naturally.
Salmon also has a high DHA content, which is important for the brain development of your child.
Note that it is safer to eat salmon that is wild-caught as it is lower in mercury compared to salmon that is raised commercially.

Here’s what you should do:

• Eat a portion of cooked salmon at least three times a week

Oats

Here’s what you’ll need:

• A bowl of cooked oats
Oats are rich in iron and fibre. These nutrients help to reduce cholesterol and increase the production of breast milk. They also help induce relaxation which increases lactation. All these properties make oats an ideal option for the increase of breast milk.

Here’s what you should do:

• Simple eat at least one bowl of oats everyday.

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