How to improve lactation: recommendations for young mothers
Everyone knows that the best food for a newborn baby is breast milk. It can't be compared to no one, even the most expensive and high quality, synthetic blend. Breast milk contains in its composition all the essential for the little man of substances: vitamins, minerals, fats, carbohydrates, proteins, amino acids, including irreplaceable, enzymes, hormones.
Before reaching six months of age the baby for normal growth and development do not need any other products, including water, because it is in the correct proportions is present in the milk of mothers.
Mother's milk forms a strong immunity, protects the person throughout life. Numerous medical studies have confirmed that babies who are breastfed get sick less often and less, than "Iskusstvennyi".
That is why all conscious and loving moms want to keep lactating as long as possible. But it is, alas, not always. Stress, poor diet and drinking regime, inept breastfeeding can lead to reduced milk production. How to improve lactation in nursing mothers?
There are many ways by which you can increase the quantity and quality of breast milk. Will tell you more about them.
How to improve lactation?
Before proceeding to solving the problem, you need to understand whether it really exists. Often young parents are overly concerned about precious Chad, it seems that it does not eat, although in reality it is not so.
Signs of decline in lactation are the following indicators:
- the little kid is gaining weight to 400 g per month;
- the child became fretful, irritable, sleeps badly, for a long time "hanging" on the chest;
- newborn writes less often 7-8 times a day;
- when expressing milk is very bad or does not stand out.
If you experience these symptoms, do not rush to transfer a baby to a mixed or artificial feeding as the best food for the baby is your milk.
An important step to a good lactation is a physical and emotional condition of women. The young mother must not only eat well, but sleep, often walk in the fresh air and keep calm. Stress, worries, anxiety, overwork can lead to lower levels of prolactin and oxytocin — the hormones of lactation.
That is why the nurse needs to shift some responsibilities for child care on the family — husband, mother, mother-in-law, etc. Remember that now you belong not to themselves but to the little man who is completely dependent on you.
Wear comfortable, quality underwear, from time to time let the mammaries "breathe" and take off your bra.
Proper, balanced nutrition is essential to full breastfeeding and the health of moms. But this does not mean that a woman should eat for two, the energy value of daily ration must not exceed 2700-3000 calories.
It is very important to choose the right products, because, as you know, everything that absorbs a nursing mother, it is mandatory in the form of liquid and comes in a kid's body.
We need to completely eliminate from the diet foods that cause fermentation in the stomach, namely:
- black bread;
- fresh vegetables;
- meats, sausages, fatty meats;
- onion, garlic, other spices;
- pickles, etc.
You should also abandon food-allergens — cocoa, chocolate, red, orange fruits, vegetables and berries.
And to products that improve lactation include:
- soups on vegetable, lean meat and fish broth;
- cereals, especially from green buckwheat and oatmeal;
- boiled or baked fish;
- dairy products (to enter into the diet gradually and they need only a week after giving birth);
- almond, cashew, forestry, and walnuts (it is recommended to use not more than 30 g of nuts per day);
- dried apricots, raisins (not more than 50 g per day).
The basis of the diet of the nurse must prevail protein. A nursing mom needs to consume at least 200 grams of this substance.
If the baby suffers constipation, enter the menu, dried figs and prunes. These dried fruits are natural laxatives for infants and for mothers.
Do not forget about drinking regime, because breast milk is 87% water. Nursing mother should drink at least two liters of fluid.
Improve lactation and milk quality, will help these drinks:
- weak black tea with milk;
- green tea;
- barley coffee;
- freshly squeezed black currant and carrot juice;
- uzvar (stewed fruit), compotes of fresh fruits;
- broth hips, fennel, marjoram, anise, nettle, mint;
- special teas to improve the supply of breast milk.
Good effect has also an infusion of milk walnuts. To cook half a Cup of cleaned walnuts pour a pint of boiling milk. Allow to stand for 4-5 hours in a thermos, strain, discard the nuts and drink drink 30ml for half an hour before each feeding.
It is worth noting that this infusion has a very pleasant, unusual creamy-nutty flavor and aroma.
Any drinks and food that consumes, the nurse should be warm, not cold or hot.
The mode of applying
20 years ago kids immediately after birth was taken away from mom in a special chamber and brought on feeding on a particular sharp graphics. Today, pediatricians claim that feeding on demand is the perfect stimulation of lactation, i.e. the more often a baby suckles, the more milk is produced.
Immediately after birth the newborn is passed into the loving mother's hands, and the food is not on schedule, and on demand. This applies even to those kids who were born after cesarean section (after the woman departs from the anesthesia).
If after cesarean section mother and child was for whatever reason separated to improve lactation nurse need to Express every 3-4 hours, as the stagnation of milk can cause "burning".
Contrast shower and massage
Nice increases the production of milk and douche. Warm elastic streams of water massage the gland, which allows the nursing mother to improve the lactation and blood circulation.
It should be performed twice a day — before morning and evening feeding.
Stand under shower and in turn aim chest first with warm, then cool the jets, creating a clockwise motion.
After that, the jet directed into the area between the shoulder blades. For this purpose it is better to take the help of a husband.
After a shower to increase lactation can make breast self-massage. Before the procedure Pat dry the breast and brush it with baby oil. Right hand put on the chest, and the left under it. Lightly massage into the skin in a clockwise direction for about 5 minutes. Try to keep the oil gets on the nipple and areola.
In response to regular pumping, the body responds with increased production of milk in lactating mothers. You can use a breast pump, and you can apply and manual pumping. After each feeding to Express breast all residues to milk did not come in abundance, and does not stagnate.
These simple rules will help you to bring up healthy and strong toddler. And the main thing — do not forget that the basis of breastfeeding the new baby is the awareness of deep love for him and a positive attitude.