Although it may look like it, breastfeeding is not a simple task. It is natural, but sometimes a new mother’s body just doesn’t respond like it ought to. There are a few common problems that mothers may run into, but understanding the logic behind it may help you get through it.
Running low on breast milk can put quite a kink in the order of things, but millions of women around the world suffer from this problem. If this happens to you, do not worry because there are some methods that can help get your breast producing milk rapidly again. First off, let’s discuss what can cause this to happen in the first place.
What Causes Breasts To Run Dry?
There are many different reasons why a new mother may experience a lack of milk production. A common reason why the breast may stop producing milk is due to baby’s eating habits. Some babies have a hard time latching on to the nipple properly which may result in less feeding time. That will trigger your body to start thinking you do not need so much milk, so it will slow down the rate at which the breast produces it. It’s a natural response by your own womanly instincts.
On the other hand it may be the cause of something happening to the woman. For instance, some women go through conditions like mastitis, nipples that are sore and cut, or a blockage in the milk-producing ducts inside the breast. Hormonal changes and other ailments inside the mother’s body, like anemia or diabetes, can also cause a reduction in breastmilk.
Other bad habits, like smoking and heavy drinking, can also play a role in low milk production. Taking birth control medication may also halt your breasts from creating milk, so avoid taking them if you can. Certain foods can affect the taste of your milk, so make sure to stay away from “sour” foods, like mint and parsley, to make the milk more appetizing for your baby.
What Do You Do To Get It Flowing?
There are a couple methods to get the milk to flow again. If your baby has trouble latching on, frequent pumping can trick your body into thinking the baby is eating, so it won’t slow down the production and you can avoid bad habits, like drinking and smoking.
Breastfeeding is very important for the proper brain development for your child as well as the building of their immune system, so breastfeed whenever possible.