Research has proven that breast milk is vital to the growth and development of babies as it contains many nutritional benefits. And as such, infant formula cannot equal what breast milk has to offer. W.H.O prescribes that babies should be breastfed for the first six months after which other foods can be introduced gradually; this further underscores the importance of breastfeeding also the health benefits accrued to breastfeeding is not wholly for the child but the mother as well, and these come in handy for the wellbeing of both.

Now, if breastfeeding is a problem due to issues with pumping this may not only affect the child but the mother also. So you see, this is something worth paying close attention to especially if you are experiencing the same. The good news is, there is a way out, and we’ve carefully delineated that below.

1. Breastfeed regularly

This will substantially increase the amount of milk your body creates because demand calls for it. It is just like demand and supply in Economics, the higher the demand the higher the supply. They complement each other. Your body is bound to respond as long as you get your baby to nurse regularly. Irregular nursing, on the other hand, will make the organs responsible for creation dormant, and thus, when called upon failure to respond quickly. So put away the formula, nurse regularly, the milk will pump.

2. Always switch sides

For both breasts to be stimulated to make more milk adequate attention should be given them. In other words, one should not be favored over the other. If one is, the other lies dormant, and when you call on it, it may be rather difficult to rouse it from its slumber or even pacify it to respond actively. So when your baby begins to get too comfortable sucking on one side or loses interest or falls asleep, that is a cue to switch.

3. Avoid tight bras

Wearing tight bras could guarantee issues with milk flow. When you frequently wear bras that compress your breasts there is tension in your ducts(milk canal) and this may likely prevent the free flow of milk into the sacs(milk pool) and eventually halt the flow. Wear bras that are your size, not too tight and not too loose. It will do you more good than harm!

4. Oatmeal works

Low iron levels can result in decreased milk supply; Oatmeal is a good source of iron. There are indeed many testimonials that point to the fact that the consumption of Oatmeal boosts the production of milk and enhances supply. You should give it a shot. But do not restrict your diet to Oatmeal alone, eat a variety of foods in the right proportion.

5. Drink water frequently

This one is very important. It is best to drink water before you even get thirsty. Remember that you are expected to nurse your baby consistently so you need a regular refill to keep you up and running. Do not resort to sugary or caffeinated drinks and assume that you can do so because they are liquids. These could have an adverse effect on you and the baby because whatever you take in contributes significantly to the milk you give out.

6. No pacifiers

Pacifiers can confuse your baby as to which is the right nipple. In as much as the motive for using pacifiers could be excused its use may affect breastfeeding. See this excerpt:

In December 2010, Oregon Health & Science University Doernbecher Children’s Hospital locked up pacifiers in the newborn nursery to improve their breastfeeding record even more. To everyone’s surprise, they saw breastfeeding rates drop as soon as the pacifiers were no longer readily available.
This is the danger, hence it is advisable to steer clear of it. Even W.H.O. warns against its use.

All the above tips work. If you’ve been doing otherwise it is high time you changed your ways. Now let’s get that milk pumping!
Geoffrey Nevine — IT Services and IT Consulting

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