Jessica Haupt, RN, IBCLC gives new parents tips on helping to increase breastmilk production.
Helping to Increase Breastmilk Production
One of the things that will really help establish breastfeeding is a rested, non-stressed out breastfeeder! For this reason, designate your partner or other caring adult to mother *you.* This person should make sure you are hydrated, eating nutritiously and resting when you can.
Additionally other adults should learn baby's early hunger cues such as stirring, rooting or mouth opening. This way they can bring baby to you if you're somewhere else or resting so baby can begin feeding before they get into a frustrated state of hunger. Being calm helps latching and let-down happen naturally.
While breast is best, a baby who is screaming from hunger is a baby that needs to eat. If the baby is not making enough wet diapers, losing or not gaining weight, supplementation with formula is needed, and it's a good thing when baby is nourished! Temporary supplementation does not mean that breastfeeding is over. Many, MANY mother baby duos go on to have an exclusive breastfeeding relationship.
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