I get it, ladies. Breastfeeding can be difficult, frustrating, and uncomfortable when you are first learning how everything works. To add more fuel to the fire, why not add in a crying baby who is screaming at you “FEED ME NOW” while we’re at it.
While many women find it easy to produce milk as soon as they hear their child crying, other women can often come across difficulties producing enough milk.
I just want to say for any of the women out there who feel discouraged because they can’t have milk on demand.
Trust me, everybody is different, and there is nothing to be ashamed or upset over! Every woman’s body is diverse, especially when you throw in raging hormones, sleepless nights, etc.
Luckily for you, you’ve come to the right place because I picked up some tips and tricks along throughout my journey with motherhood that I find are the easiest way to induce Lactation. Let’s take a look, shall we?
Why Is Lactation Important?
Before we take a look at some of the easiest ways to induce Lactation, let’s break down why breastfeeding can be useful to both mother and child.
Breastfeeding is a great way to enhance a bonding experience between you and your baby. It’s also a physical and emotional sign of love that babies begin to understand even when they are newborns.
And we see this throughout so many animal species around the world, which I think is pretty cool!
This intimate time with your child is not only a great way to express nurture to your baby, but it’s sometimes the only couple minutes you get to shut your eyes for the next 10 hours –so take advantage of that while you can!
Say it with me now: five-minute power naps! Okay, enough with the jibber-jabber, let’s head straight into easy ways to induce Lactation.
5 Easiest Ways to Induce Lactation
1. Start Breastfeeding Your Child
This one may sound super straight forward, but trust me, one of the best ways to up your milk production is to breastfeed your baby as much as possible! Okay, you’re probably thinking, “yeah, no, duh, that’s the whole point.”
And you’re totally right! It is the whole point! The more you breastfeed your child, the more milk your body will produce milk.
This happens because your body will adapt to hormonal and physiological stimuli such as your baby suckling. It’s science!
When your baby is hungry, make sure that they have a good latch and a comfortable feeding position to fully empty your breast.
Your empty breasts will then produce milk quicker than breasts that are half-full –crazy how that works.
2. Induce Lactation Through Pumping
Pump, pump, pump it up! No seriously. Grab your breast pump when you are not nursing your child! Lactation specialists say that many women find it easy to stimulate Lactation and maintain their milk supply when they consistently use a breast pump.
There is nothing wrong with feeding your child through a bottle every now and then while keeping a milk supply in the fridge.
That way, when you need mom time, your partner has no excuse as to why he can watch the kids for a couple hours while you go get your nails done!
3. Make Sure You Are Healthy
Becoming a mom means you’re putting yourself on the back burner for the next couple of years while you take care of your little ones 24/7. And it can be hard to keep up with your own health, let alone have a quiet 30 minutes to yourself.
However, it is super important to make sure that you are taken care of and are getting enough vitamins and nutrients in your body because, at the end of the day, that milk is coming out of you!
So, if you are taken care of, it could negatively affect your ability to produce reasonable milk quantities!
Ensure you are eating enough from the good old four food groups to ensure you are replenishing your body of all its basic needs.
Breastfeeding can take a lot out of you, including nutrients that are meant for your body. I recommend taking a women’s multivitamin and trying to maintain a balanced diet when you can.
Just remember to consult with your doctor before adding any vitamin supplements to your diet just to be on the safe side.
4. Remember to Drink Water
Girl, make sure you’re drinking water. Like I just said, breastfeeding can take a lot out of you and can actually dehydrate you and cause you to feel dizzy and lower your blood pressure.
Doctors say that it can even change your breast milk composition as well, so be extra careful! Make sure you are drinking enough water and other liquids throughout the day for your sake and the baby’s sake!
5. Stop Stressing Yourself out!
Stressing yourself out more is not going to get you anywhere. No one is going to judge you if you can’t produce milk on demand.
Trust me, these tips will help improve your Lactation immensely. Just make sure to take it slow and learn day by day. No one understands these types of things automatically.
And as much as people want to argue that parenting books are the best resource for you when you’re having a baby, I agree somewhat.
Still, I also think you just have to go with the flow and learn as things come up. Take a deep breath; you’re doing great.
My Final Thoughts
Like I said, breastfeeding is hard at first, and there is no shame if you’re having difficulty with it! If you’re still having difficulty, it’s always best to visit your doctor and seek their medical advice.
There is no need to stress over things we can’t control! Every woman’s body is different, and just remember you’re doing great!
If you have any other tips that I didn’t mention above that really helped you, leave a comment below. I would love to hear from you!
Until next time ladies and gentlemen!