For many women, breastfeeding is initially challenging and it can take a little while to feel comfortable. It’s not only the mother learning, the newborn baby is learning how to feed too! I want to share some tips and tricks to help on your breastfeeding journey.
Useful Foods And Herbs For Boosting Milk Supply
- Barley, boiled and eaten like rice or made into a soup is an excellent milk promoter
- Fennel and a pinch of kelp for iodine can be added too
- Brewers yeast supplies a natural balance of protein, zinc and the B vitamin complex. It is especially useful as a quick pick-up when milk is scanty in the late afternoon
- Nettle tea is rich in minerals and stimulates lactation and strengthens the adrenals
- Placenta capsules have been shown to increase milk supply
Research Regarding Breastfeeding And Placenta Capsules
Research has shown placenta capsules can help increase the quantity of milk. They found that the placenta contains high levels of the hormones necessary for milk production especially prolactin, oestrogen and oxytocin.
Research has also shown that infants growth was enhanced when their breastfeeding mothers ingested desiccated (dried) placenta.
Cinnamon Spice Booby Biscuit Recipe
1 cup coconut oil (or butter)
1 cup of brown rice flour
1/2 cup of tapioca flour
1/2 cup of coconut flour (or maize flour)
1 tsp of baking powder
1 tsp of xanthum gum
1 tsp of ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp of ground cardamon
1 tsp of ground ginger
1/4 tsp of ground cloves
1/2 cup of coconut sugar
Brazil nuts to decorate (optional)
Preheat oven to 180C. Grease two cookie trays
Cream the coconut oil or butter
In a large bowl mix all the dry ingredients (except the brazil nuts). Fold in the coconut oil or butter until it forms a soft dough
Roll into 20-24 balls. Press the balls down lightly onto the trays. Top each with a brazil nut and bake for 15-20mins. Coconut oil will cook faster than butter. Enjoy each time you sit down to breastfeed!
Find a nice nipple balm or you can use coconut oil to help keep your nipples soft and moisturised. This will help your nipples feel soothed and will help avoid cracking.
Did you know? Rubbing breast-milk into your nipples and letting them air dry can be very helpful for sore nipples.
Set Up A Breastfeeding Station
You’ll get thirsty when breastfeeding so it’s a good idea to have a glass of water or grab your water bottle before sitting down.
Have an easy snack on hand (see the booby biscuit recipe above)
Use a pillow under your baby to make it easier to feed (this can save your shoulders too)
Ways To Help Boost Your Milk Let Down
Try to find a relaxed place to feed
Try feeding after having a shower or bath as warmth helps let-down
Gently massage your breasts and nipples
Focus on your baby
We Are Lucky To Have A Fantastic Resource – The ABA!
If you have any questions, the Australian Breastfeeding Association has a hotline 1800 686 268 (or 1800 mum 2 mum). There are also local meet-ups happening in Lismore. Join other mums and have your questions answered by a trained breastfeeding counsellor 10 am – 12 noon on the second Friday each month in the downstairs meeting room of the Lismore Library at 110 Magellan Street, Lismore.