How to increase breastmilk supply at 3 months
Without a doubt breast milk is the best food for a newborn, nothing comes even close to provide all the nutrients that the baby will need later in life. Breast milk is much easier to digest than any formula in the market, at the same time it provides protection against infections, prevents future food allergies, helps the growth of healthy teeth, and most importantly it improves brain development. Studies had shown that breastfed babies are more intelligent than formula fed babies.
Low quality or quantity of milk
Low quality of milk can because by medications or a poor diet; many antibiotics contaminate the milk and a diet high in caffeine may cause colics and sleeping problems. For the baby, it is very important that the mother keeps eating a good balance diet after giving birth, and preferably foods with no traces of pesticides these poisons become highly concentrated in the milk. The use of a breast pump may inhibit the production of milk, lowering the amount available to the baby, this gives a false idea that the infant should
The use of a breast pump may inhibit the production of milk, lowering the amount available to the baby, this gives the false idea that the infant should be changed to a formula for him to be satisfied when in fact, the problem is the quantity of milk that the mother is producing. Home remedies can help with both of these common problems.
Home Remedies for Low-quality milk
- Eat alfalfa or take it in capsules, it stimulates lactation, improves quality and quantity of milk.
- Chaste tree Increases flow of milk, by affecting pituitary’s prolactin secretion.
- The Chinese use a herb called coreopsis to increase lactation and strengthen the blood.
- Goat’s rue this herb has been used by midwives for hundreds of years to improve breast milk production by as much as 50%.
- Vervain encourages milk secretion and flow, it also increases absorption of nutrients from food and helps with postpartum depression.
Medical studies have shown bovine colostrum to be identical to human colostrum in composition. Colostrum is the milk secreted for a few days after birth. It is characterized by a high protein and immune body content. Colostrum has been shown to stimulate normal growth, regeneration and accelerated repair of aged or injured muscle, skin collagen, bone, cartilage and nerve tissues.
Colostrum helps build lean muscle and helps stimulate the body to burn fat. Research has shown that colostrum has powerful natural immune and growth factors. Colostrum helps combat disease-causing organisms such as bacteria, viruses, yeast, and parasites. Research has shown that bovine colostrum is easily assimilated by humans and is up to 40 times richer in immune factors than human colostrum. It is very important that the highest quality Bovine Colostrum is taken.
Breast engorgement is a very common problem that starts affecting the mother in the first two or three weeks after delivery and is more annoying to women with poor skin elasticity. Engorgement is due to milk excessively filling the breast together with blood and fluid retention in the same area.
Usually, the breast feels full, hard, tight, tender, painful, hot to the touch and a fever may develop, the baby may have a hard time to latch on and suck.
- 1. Take a handful of Confrey leaves and steam them for a few minutes wrapped in a gauze and placed on the breast is very helpful relieving engorgement.
- 2. Take the homeopathic remedy Belladonna 6X.
- 3. Soak a towel in hot water and place it on the breast ten minutes before feeding.
- 4. Poke roots reduce swollen breast and pain. Use under doctor supervision.
- 5. Elder is used to reducing swelling of the engorged breast.
- 6. Chamomile help control inflamed breast.
- 7. Give your baby frequent feeds on both breast 10 to 15 minutes each.
This is a problem that occurs when the baby does not empty the breast completely on each feeding, the milk remaining in the duct hardens and blocks the duct eventually plugging it. Tight bras can cause plugged ducts as well. If the breast feels sore, it might be a sign of plugged ducts.
A plugged duct should be taking care of as soon as possible, if not so it can develop into Mastitis.
Home Remedies for a Plugged Duct
- helps with inflammation and pain.
- Elder is used to reducing swelling of plugged breast ducts.
- Queen’s delight Clears congestion of lymphatic vessels, stimulates white blood cells to react to infection.
- Check your nipples every day, if you see dry milk on them or dark dots remove them with a cotton and warm water and feed your child as soon as possible from that breast.
- Place the baby in different positions every time; this will ensure that all ducts are being used.
Mastitis is a condition that results when a plugged duct becomes infected; the breast swells due to a bacteria that enters through tinny cracks on the nipples. The breast infected with mastitis becomes red and painful with pus secretion, other symptoms are fever, fatigue, vomiting or nausea.
Home Remedies for Mastitis
1. Take poke roots this helps mastitis. Use under doctor supervision.
2. Queen’s delight Clears congestion of lymphatic vessels, stimulates white blood cells to react to infection.
3. The inflammation, swelling, and pain can be greatly reduced by applying warm and cold compresses. Warmth helps to improve blood flow in the area and also aids in milk flow. Cold compresses help to soothe the discomfort. Massaging the affected breast is also an excellent way to unblock the ducts and relieve swelling. One should drink plenty of water to flush out the infection from the body.
This also helps to keep the milk flow steady. At least 10 to 12 glasses of water should be consumed every day. Proper rest is also a must so that the body can recuperate and heal. In many cases, a woman may stop nursing her baby due to mastitis, but it should be pointed out that breastfeeding the baby regularly actually helps to improve the condition, as it empties the affected breast.
4. Place hot towels on the breast or run hot water over them in the shower.
5. Some women opt for alternative treatments for mastitis. One such natural remedy is to place cold cabbage leaves over the affected breast. The raw leaves are believed to help extract the infection and are said to be effective in reducing inflammation and pain. Once the leaves reach room temperature, they can be removed and replaced with more leaves. A paste made with calendula flowers and comfrey leaves is also beneficial in treating mastitis. The paste may be warmed slightly and applied to the inflamed breast three to four times daily.
6. Tincture of Echinacea root is another natural remedy for mastitis. The tincture may be applied to the infected area 4 to 5 times every day. Some women also opt for acupuncture to relieve the swelling and discomfort caused by mastitis.
7. Some of the other plants and herbs known to be beneficial in treating mastitis include belladonna, which helps to reduce throbbing pain and heat in the nipples; cleavers, which aid in decreasing swelling; prickly ash, which boosts the immune system; Bryonia, which is beneficial for heavy swollen breasts and pulsatilla, which reduces soreness of the nipples.
- 8. Elder is used to reducing swelling of breast infected with mastitis.
- 9. Rest as much as you can.
- 10. Drink lots of water or alfalfa juice.
Cracked nipples can develop when the baby is being positioned wrongly or by using damp breast pads. The nipple becomes irritated, red, and painful in some cases bleeding may develop.
- 1. Calendula cream will soothe and encourage the healing of cracked nipples and is safe for the baby to swallow.
- 2. The homeopathic remedy called chamomilla helps heal cracked nipples.
- 3. The homeopathic remedy called Pulsatilla helps heal cracked nipples.
Author: Dr. Izharul Hasan