When it comes to crisis in breastfeeding, mothers often feel discouraged and they give up. However there are natural ways to stimulate and maintain lactation.
Breast milk is best food for the baby and in the same time it is prevention from many diseases. It’s good to start thinking about the milk amount and quality during the pregnancy and even before it. Preparing the organism for quality lactation before anything means detoxification with right nutrition. Notably, if the organism is loaded with junk food, chronicle constipation and an acidic pH-value of the blood, there is great possibility that sooner or later it will cause problems with lactation.
- More often breastfeeding means more milk. Milk production and suckling are related in an incredible way, that only miraculous mother nature could create. When the baby touches the pap of the breast, the feeling transfers to the mother’s brain and creates prolactine, hormone which is responsible for creating milk and oxytocin, hormone thanks to which milk is secreted. Besides this oxytocin stimulates regeneration of the woman’s reproductive system after giving birth. Mothers feel this as contractions in the post birth period. This means that milk production is regulated depending on the needs of the baby, so breast stimulation with regular and right breastfeeding is one of the ways to maintain lactation. Milk production is stimulated and with baby’s crying thinking about the baby, as well as mother’s physical stability.
- Give up cigarettes on time. Maybe it’s boring to repeat that smoking is harmful but practice makes it perfect. This is especially important for women who plan pregnancy, the ones that gave birth and the ones that are pregnant at the moment. It is very important for them to be strong and give up that bad habit because with this they contribute towards their child’s health. Smoking before pregnancy decreases the ability to conceive and during pregnancy it increases the risk of abnormalities on the baby and after giving birth it has a bad influence on child’s health as well as milk production. Through the milk, nicotine goes into baby’s organism and due to that the baby vomits, has diarrhea and frequent nausea. It’s proven that mothers that smoke after giving birth stop breastfeeding earlier than the ones that don’t smoke at all.
- Don’t forget to drink liquids. During breastfeeding the need for liquids is increased. How much liquid you need you may estimate on the fact how thirsty you feel – even though the best is to drink water even before feeling the need for it. Bottled water, tea (the ones that are allowed during breastfeeding), fresh homemade fruit and vegetable juices and yogurt are recommended at this period. Do not consume drinks with high level of sugar, fizzy drinks or drinks that specify that they do not contain sugar because those drinks have artificial sweetener. Decrease daily coffee consumption as much as possible. Maybe you will entirely lose the need for it. If you feel the urge to drink alcohol (which happens often during pregnancy) try to avoid that thought until you stop breastfeeding.
- Brewer’s yeast really helps. Even though old people say that every wet-nurse should drink a glass of beer daily in order to provide enough milk for the baby, a much better and healthier way to provide vitamin B is brewer’s yeast. This pill not only that contains vitamin B, it also contains carbohydrates and it doesn’t contain alcohol as beer does.
- Use the power of herbs.
Fennel tea. Phytotherapists recommend fennel tea to the wet-nurses because of the phytoestrogens properties which have positive effect on creation of milk. This tea helps in detoxification of the organism and for better digestion. Combined with anis gives best results.
Nettle is good for everyone and especially for pregnant women, woman in child bed and wet-nurses. It may be used as tea or food. It is rich with calcium, magnesium, manganese and folic acid. It is proven that nettle tea improves milk production as well as helps in the process of recovery after child birth, detoxicates the organism and prevents appearance of allergies and anemia.