This week, I’m finishing up our closeness series talking about a kind of intimacy with which many moms will be very familiar – the intimacy of breast feeding. There is overwhelming evidence that breast milk is the best food for your newborn. Unfortunately, not all moms can produce just the right amount of milk for their baby. Some women make more milk than they need, while others don’t make enough.
If you are looking to increase breast milk production the following may be your first steps:
- Get a good hospital grade pump (I like the Medela Symphony 2.0)
- Sleep with your new baby at night
- Stay hydrated
- Decrease your stress
- Hire a lactation consultant or ND-midwife experienced in lactation support
- Speak with someone knowledgeable about appropriate milk augmenting herbs
If you find that the above simply doesn’t generate enough milk for your baby (in spite of your best efforts) consider alternatives to organic formula like milk banks and milk sharing. I’m not anti-formula in any and every situation — I just want you to know there are options!
Read more of Dr. Naumes’ post over at D-Magazines DMoms Blog