Sluggish breast-milk production needn't hinder breast-feeding success – try these steps to increase production and keep your baby happy.
Step 1: Take care of yourself Eat well, drink lots of fluids, and rest when the baby rests to ensure adequate milk production for your child.
Step 2: Position the baby correctly Learn correct positioning and latching techniques so that your breasts receive adequate sucking stimulation.
TIP: Make contact with a La Leche League -- an international breast-feeding advocacy group -- or a board-certified lactation consultant to ask questions and find solutions for any difficulties you are experiencing.
Step 3: Nurse frequently Nurse frequently for as long as your baby desires. Aim for a minimum of eight feedings each day to create a strong supply-and-demand cycle.
TIP: Avoid giving your baby pacifiers or supplemental bottles, which can decrease the desire to suckle at the breast.
Step 4: Switch off breasts Switch breasts as soon as sucking slows down, even if it has only been a couple of minutes. This helps ensure that both breasts receive adequate stimulation.
Step 5: Pump after feedings Pump both breasts with a manual or electric pump after feedings to stimulate more production.
Step 6: Ask about herbal supplements Consult your pediatrician about using herbal supplements to stimulate milk production. Some moms have claimed success from natural remedies such as fenugreek, blessed thistle, and red raspberry brewer's yeast.
FACT: Breast-feeding's benefits include increased immunity for baby and decreased risk of breast and ovarian cancer for mom.