So you've just had your baby and everyone and their dog seems to have an opinion about what you should be doing and the exact way things should be happening. How you should care for your baby, if you need a hot water massage and sitz bath and woe betide you if your milk isn't flowing like a 'tap', you start to hear all sorts of suggestions from screams of drinking hot watery pap, to massaging the breast with hot water and you're left overwhelmed with all the information coming your way.
When milk is slow to come in its known as delayed onset of lactation. Ideally milk can take longer than 3days to 5days to come in. Now this gets lots of women stressed and further interfers with let down. .
So many factors may affect production of breast milk for a new mom amongst which are:
1. A very traumatic or stressful birthing process.
2. Large amounts of IV fluids used during birth can engorge breasts and delay availability of milk.
3. Losing lots of blood during the birthing process.
4. Medical issues like gestational diabetes, PCOS
5. Some medications given during Labour have side effects of decreasing milk production.
6. Overweight or obese BMI, because obese women often suffer from insulin resistance. .
1. Keep your baby properly latched to breast frequently, the more your baby sucks the faster milk may come.
2. Ensure you're properly hydrated.
3. Gently apply pressure and massage the breasts during a breastfeed to stimulate let down.
4. Offer both sides at each feeding.
5. Ensure you eat balanced meals.
6. Eat foods like oats, carrots, pepper soup, brown rice, skimmed milk, sweet potatoes, pawpaw, leafy green vegetables And so on.
I hope this helps.
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