Sunday, January 24, 2010

Breastfeeding Tips

There are NUMEROUS factors that contribute to having an easy and successful breastfeeding experience... one of which is MILK SUPPLY. Even if your baby latches well and is doing his/her part.. NO MILK = NO BREASTFEEDING. Below are some tips that may be helpful for those of you who are currently breastfeeding or will be soon!

by Sally Fallon (Nourishing Traditions)

- The Right diet is the kety to having a good supply of nourishing milk. Should contain high levels of healthy animal fats. When you are pregnant or breastfeeding, it is no time to diet!

-Avoid trans fatty acids. Trans fats lower the overall fat content of mother's milk, depriving the baby of important nutrients and reducing the chances of successful breastfeeding.

-Try to arrange to have good help for the first hour weeks after the baby is born so that you will have adequate rest. Husband, grandparents, relatives, friends, housekeepers or even a professional baby nurse should be on hand so that the nursing mother can concentrate on getting optimal nourishment and plenty of sleep.

-Fermented foods and beverages, and porridges of soaked grains are said to increase milk supply.

-Consume plenty of liquids in the form of whole milk (preferably raw), stock or soup based on stock, and lacto-fermented beverages.

-If in spite of these measures, your milk supply is inadequate, don't feel guilty. You have done the best you could!!

*If interested, Sally Fallon has recipes for homemade formula in her cookbook.