How to increase breast milk supply

Being a mom is every woman’s joy, breastfeeding and lactation is at the center of it. Health experts recommend exclusive breastfeeding for up to 6 months. Breast milk has all the nutrients a baby needs at this age. These nutrients include calories, proteins, minerals, vitamins and antioxidants that strengthen the baby’s immune system in order to fight infections.

Inadequate supply of breast milk may occur due to various factors e.g stress,hormonal changes, illness, alcohol consumption, dehydration and certain medications. There are several foods a woman can take to increase her milk supply, a few are listed below:

Fenugreek seeds

Take a spoonful of fenugreek seeds ,put in a cup of water let it soak over night. In the morning sieve out the seeds and drink the solution

Fennel seeds

Take a spoonful of fennel seeds and add into a cup of hot water leave it for 15 minutes drain it and drink the solution.

Cinnamon

Mix a spoonful of Cinnamon with a cup of warm milk, relax and allow the system to produce milk.

Oatmeal porridge

Oatmeal is known for lactation benefits, add it to your snacks.

Sesame seeds(simsim)

Eat simsim balls occasionally during your snacking breaks. You can also soak the seeds in water and eat them.

Garlic

Its known for its lactogenic properties, add it to your dishes

Other ways of increasing milk supply

* hydration is key- drink plenty of water

* avoid stressful situations

* avoid consumption of alcohol

* breastfeed more often

*sleep whenever possible

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