Breastfeeding is considered to be the best nutritional option for a newborn. When you have insufficient breast milk after birth, you might feel you’re lacking in giving your baby the start they need. It’s natural to worry that you’re not producing enough milk when your new born wants to nurse after delivery.
Delay in milk production is usually seen between 3 to 5 days following birth. Some reasons that may cause the delay are:
- Severe stress
- Cesarean (surgical) delivery
- Bleeding after birth
- Infection or illness with fever
- Thyroid conditions
- Strict or prolonged bed rest during pregnancy
While it can be extremely frustrating waiting for your breast milk to come, know that there’s still time for it to happen. Here are some tips to quicken lactation.
1. Hand Express Breast Milk
Even if you don’t get any milk, hand express regularly. This will trigger lactation, allowing your breast milk to come in sooner.
2. Massage Your Breasts
Massage your breasts in a circular, downward motion. The pressure can help bring in your breast milk sooner.
3. Increase Skin to Skin Contact
Skin to skin contact, where you hold the baby close to you, and let his skin rub against yours, is known to stimulate the production of milk. This has helped many new moms lactate quicker.
4.Avoid Taking Any Medications
Avoid taking any medications for any other health issues, without your doctor’s approval, as some are known to decrease or delay the production of breast milk.
5. Use a heating pad or take a warm shower before expressing milk
Heat and massage are great ways to encourage your breast to let down more milk.
6. Drink lots of water and get as much sleep as possible
Breast milk includes a lot of water, so just by increasing your water intake you may be able to increase the amount of breast milk you produce.
If lactation doesn’t occur after trying these tips, consult your doctor proper check up.