Breastfeeding is all about demand and supply. The more the baby suckles, the more your body replenishes the milk. “The suckling by the newborn stimulates the production of two hormones—oxytocin and prolactin, which produce and push the milk from the breasts,” says Dr Anjali Kumar, senior consultant, obstetrics, Paras Hospital, Gurgaon. However, with sedentary lifestyles and a poorly managed diet, most mothers complain of low milk production. “Women who join work quite early after delivery, complain of less milk supply. The reason could be skipping meals, inadequate rest and stress,” says Dr Chetna, gynaecologist, Columbia Asia Hospital, Gurgaon.
Nursing mothers also often confuse healthy eating with over eating. “Eating right is the key. It is also essential to drink plenty of fluids as breast milk has 88 per cent of water,” informs Dr Kumar. “Supplements such as Bovine colostrum can help. And lastly, adopting a positive attitude is also essential,” adds Dr Chetna. Consult your lactation specialist about these superfoods and herbs and gift your baby a nutritious nursing.
We bring to you 8 foods that help increase the milk supply.
How do they work The monounsaturated fats in almonds, cashews and pistachios increase the richness of the milk.
How much is enough Three servings per day should be sufficiently enough. Also, make sure that you consume them raw and not roasted and salted.