Some moms have a really hard time producing breast milk for their babies. Often, the natural result is to quit and resort to formula milk. A lot of babies are forfeited of their privilege to get the best food for them, especially for their immune system, which is their mother’s milk, when this happens.
Some moms surrender to the belief that their breasts were “not blessed” to produce enough milk. “I can’t produce enough milk so I just use formula milk for my baby,” you often hear them say. But the truth is, most pregnant women can. In fact, they are designed to produce breast milk before the baby comes out.
But sometimes, for some reasons, the posterior pituitary is damaged and leads to less milk production. A drop in your blood pressure during labor can be one reason. The pituitary gland releases the prolactin hormone that enables pregnant women to produce enough milk. But if the pituitary is damaged, then problems occur.
And why would your blood pressure fall during labor, in the first place? Diet is most probably to blame. Your diet probably wasn’t healthy enough.
You should ensure that your diet doesn’t add weight unnecessarily on you, but should nonetheless be nutritious. When delivering a child, you need to have normal health and enough stamina. Be careful with your carb intake but do eat nutritious foods your OB/GYN recommends for you.
Most especially, you should take care about what you eat and drink when breastfeeding. Drink more healthy and natural liquids, for instance–something to the tune of 12 glasses a day of 8-ounce capacity each. About what foods to eat–take liberal amounts of galactagogues like barley, oatmeal, quinoa and millet. Also consider healthy spices like fennel, turmeric and ginger to increase milk supply.
Brewer’s yeast, almonds, flaxseed and sesame seeds can also be good breast milk supply boosters. If you’re after nutritious but cheap and easily found food that helps stimulate breast milk supply, moringa or malungay leaves are among the best. There are also natural moringa capsules available in most local pharmacies. You may ask a prescription from your doctor.
And talking about supplements, moms may also ask their doctors about taking them regularly. Ask about taking Blessed Thistle and Alfalfa, for instance, which are natural breast milk boosters and can work well with fenugreek, which is another supplement.
And most important of all, pregnancy or breastfeeding years are not the time to observe strict diets for slimming. You have to eat enough each meal and eat healthily to increase milk supply.