Essential oils, natural herbs and a mindful lifestyle can help breastfeeding mothers increase their supply of breast milk, naturally
There are several natural alternatives a breastfeeding mother can do to increase the supply of milk they produce without prescribed medication. Here are 4 effective, easy-to-adopt suggestions:
1. Fenugreek Tea
This is a great add on for increasing milk supply in nursing mothers. Fenugreek is an herb that has been around for more than a thousand years to increase milk supply. It is recommended to take up to 3500 mg/day, and can produce results in as little as 25-72 hours, depending on the level of milk production of individual women. Women who are pregnant should avoid taking Fenugreek because it can cause uterine contractions.
2. Essential Oils
Here are my top 3 picks of essential oils to create wonderful blends that are considered safe to use during pregnancy to increase milk supply.
Therapeutic Essential Oils are very concentrated so a little goes a long way. I recommend that you use 1-5 drops at a time. Start low and gradually increase the amount over time. Do not use an essential oil longer than 8 days at a time. Place the oils in a 10ML roller ball. Do not to apply the essential oil directly to the nipples; if the baby doesn’t like the taste or the smell, it will be extremely unpleasant for him/her.
If your nipples are dry or sore, mix the essential oil with a carrier oil before feeding to help soothe and hydrate the nipples. Always dilute the essential oil with a carrier oil such as Sweet Almond Oil or Fractioned Coconut Oil to avoid skin irritation, and gently wipe the breast area before feeding.
3. A Healthy Balanced Diet
Avoid drinking coffee when breastfeeding because it can lead to dehydration and reduced milk production. Increase your water consumption to stay hydrated and monitor your sugar intake. Maintaining a low sugar, low processed foods/refined foods diet is key. Eat fresh fruit, green vegetables and protein daily to help keep you balanced and feeling energized.
Getting proper sleep will reduce stress levels and keep you relaxed, which will help to boost breast milk production. Including some moderate exercise in your day, like a brisk walk, and being mindful to eliminate electronic screens 30-60 minutes before bedtime will improve your sleep. Meditation and other relaxation techniques can further help.
Women’s bodies are different during and after each stage of pregnancy as well as after birth. Following these suggestions will help you help your child during this special stage of motherhood.
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