Many mothers who have just given birth worry about the adequacy of their milk. They wonder if the baby is getting enough milk or not.“If your baby is healthy and has enough weight gain, your milk is sufficient for your baby” Op.Dr. Omer Dai says and gives new mothers important tips on breastfeeding.
If you do not breastfeed your baby, there will not be enough stimulation to produce milk, the hormones required for milk production will not be secreted and milk production will decrease. Discomfort in the nipples, wrong breastfeeding technique and malnutrition affect this situation. Op.Dr.Ömer Dai says that if the baby does not gain enough weight and in the case of signs such as growth retardation, it is absolutely necessary to get help from an expert.
Make sure you are breastfeeding properly
Stating that thyroid level, anemia, diabetes, hormonal imbalances can cause insufficient milk production, Op.Dr. Dai says that some cold and allergy medicines used by mothers and birth control pills containing estrogen reduce milk production.
If you are not sure that your milk is enough, hear these suggestions:
- Breastfeed your baby frequently to increase breast milk supply. Frequent breastfeeding adapts your body to produce more milk.
- While breastfeeding your baby, press with your hand to accelerate the flow of milk and empty the milk ducts.
- When you feel that the flow decreases and the milk decreases, start breastfeeding on the other side and repeat the same movement.
Emphasizing the importance of correct breastfeeding, Op. Dr. Dai says expressing should be done between feedings or when the milk is not fully emptied after breastfeeding. Pointing out that it is wrong to use pacifiers immediately in order to make babies get used to breastfeeding, “Make as much eye and skin contact as possible while breastfeeding,” says Op. Dr. Omer Dai. Make sure he is awake while breastfeeding. For this, Op.Dr. Dai advises that you can massage the head, feet and hands of your baby.
You can use foods that increase milk production
Apart from eating enough and drinking plenty of water, there is no certain food that increases milk production. Oats, barley, garlic, seagrass, millet, papaya, pumpkin, sesame oil, almonds, soft drinks containing malt, dill, basil, sevketibostan, fennel, fenugreek, thistle, raspberry leaf and nettle are among the foods that increase breast milk. If you think your baby cannot gain enough weight, or in the case that your baby has growth and development retardation, you should definitely consult the pediatrician.