Breastfeeding is one of the most important activities both for the mother and also to the child, as it will help the child to receive all the required nutrients and also promotes the mother’s well-being. Though there are women who lactate perfectly well, there are also women who face the problem of having insufficient breast milk to feed to the child. This is usually found in women mostly about 6-8 months after delivering the child. This lack of breast milk or being unable to lactate makes the women go through a period of stress as their body is not producing sufficient milk to support their child’s nutrient requirement for the day. The lower level of lactation also becomes a worry as it constitutes the major part of their child’s daily diet.
Lack of breast milk or being unable to lactate properly takes place due to the intake of excess medicines, stress, and imbalance in the hormones or even due to certain kind of illness. Rather than finding external sources to provide to the baby to make up for the lack of breast milk, women can take necessary steps at the right time to avoid such occurrences. It is necessary for the women to take necessary steps as providing breast milk is of utmost importance to ensure that their child develops a strong immunity system. Apart from boosting the immunity system, it also helps in the efficient functioning of neuro-brain functions.
This is not a situation to be worried about as we have found a few home remedies that you can follow which will help you tackle the problem at home itself. Read on:
Fenugreek is one of the most well-known and also widely used natural remedies to increase breast milk. All you have to do is soak a tablespoon of fenugreek seeds in a glass of water overnight. Boil the seeds along with the water the next morning for about 5-7 minutes. Drink this mixture, though it is not tasty, it surely will help you get amazing
You can also eat fenugreek laddus, or add dal to the boiling water containing fenugreek seeds as it will not only be tasty but also help in fighting against acidity and gastric problems along with increasing the level of breast milk.
Fennel, Cumin, Black sesame seeds
If you start using fennel seeds, cumin seeds black sesame seeds, garlic and cinnamon which are also known as superfoods, it can help in increasing lactation as they are rich in galactagogues. While fennel seeds are known to help in digestion, cinnamon is known to delay menstruation. Black sesame seeds are known to be rich in Calcium which can help in strengthening the bones of the mother and also the child.
To increase lactation, experts recommend you to eat drumstick as it helps in increasing the supply of breast milk in women. As drumsticks help in opening up the veins in the breast, it helps in stimulating the mammary glands, as a result of which breast milk supply increases.
Dill leaves are very well known for increasing breast milk. Use dill leaves in your daily food or consume it with a salad to increase breast milk.
Holy basil is also known as Tulsi. Holy basil is known for various benefits it has on offer to its consumers. Boosting the supply of milk is one among those hundreds of benefit it has to offer. Along with boosting the supply of milk, it also helps in protecting the mother and the child from various diseases as it is rich in niacin, iron, thiamine and also carotene.
Staying hydrated is very important to be able to breastfeed your child. To stay hydrated, you can opt to drink plain water, coconut water, milk, juice or even buttermilk and lemonade. These liquids will help the breast to produce the milk which is necessary to feed the baby.
Make sure your diet includes lots of green vegetables such as lentils, spinach, and beet levels. Also include carrots, apricots and asparagus and also those food items which are rich in calcium and proteins as it will increase not only the quantity but also the quality of your milk.
If you’re one among those who are not able to lactate enough or are experiencing pain while breastfeeding, then you can deal with this problem by compressing your breasts with warm water pads. In case you are suffering from cracked nipples applying clarified butter can help in healing the crack faster and also it is much safer than ointments.
Relaxing and bonding:
If you want your body to respond normally to the situation, then you need to make sure that you let your mind stay fresh and rested. It is recommended that you take the help of elders or ask a nurse to supervise you until you get to understand the process of latching the baby to the breast.
Hope these remedies that we have listed will help you in lactating better and hence will make you and your child healthier and happier.
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