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“How to Maintain a Healthy Breast Milk Supply”

Maintaining a healthy breast milk supply is crucial for successful breastfeeding. Here are some tips to help you establish and sustain a robust milk supply:

  1. Frequent and Effective Nursing:

  • Breastfeed your baby frequently, especially in the first few weeks. Newborns typically need to nurse 8–12 times in a 24-hour period.

  • Ensure your baby has a proper latch and is effectively removing milk from your breasts during feeds.

  1. Pump Regularly if separated from baby:

  • If you're separated from your baby or need to supplement breastfeeding, pump regularly to mimic your baby's feeding pattern.

  • Pumping can also help increase milk supply, especially after breastfeeding sessions. NOT necessary if you have a healthy milk supply though. Use an option to increase milk supply if required.

  1. Empty the Breasts:

  • Allow your baby to nurse until your breast feels soft and drained.

  • If your baby doesn't empty one breast during a feeding, start the next feeding on that breast.

  1. Nighttime Feeds:

  • Nighttime breastfeeding stimulates prolactin production, a hormone that helps maintain milk supply. Try not to skip nighttime feeds.

  1. Skin-to-Skin Contact:

  • Spend time with your baby in skin-to-skin contact. This not only promotes bonding but also encourages your baby to nurse.

  1. Stay Hydrated and Well-Nourished:

  • Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. A good rule of thumb is to drink to quench your thirst.

  • Consume a balanced diet rich in nutrients and enough calories to support the required energy to make breast milk.

  1. Rest and Self-Care:

  • Get adequate rest and prioritize self-care. Stress and fatigue can negatively impact milk supply.

  • Nap when your baby naps, and accept help from others to reduce stress.

  1. Avoid Overreliance on Pacifiers and Bottles:

  • In the early weeks, try to avoid excessive use of pacifiers and bottles to ensure your baby's primary source of nutrition is breastfeeding.

  1. Avoid Unnecessary Supplements:

  • Unless advised by a healthcare professional, avoid unnecessary supplements that claim to boost milk supply. The most effective way to increase supply is through frequent and effective breastfeeding or pumping.

  1. Seek Support and Guidance:

  • If you have concerns about your milk supply, consult with a lactation consultant or healthcare provider.

  • Attend breastfeeding support groups or connect with other breastfeeding mothers for advice and encouragement.

Remember that each breastfeeding journey is unique, and it's normal for milk supply to fluctuate. If you are ever concerned about your milk supply or your baby's weight gain, consult with your healthcare provider or a lactation consultant for personalized guidance

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