Things that cause a decreasing breast milk supply electricity 3 phase vs single phase


By understanding what can interfere with your milk supply, you may be able to make a few changes to your daily routine, turn it around, and begin increasing your milk production once again. Here are some of the things that lead to a reduction in breast milk and what you can do about it. Health Issues

Your health and the condition of your body and mind can affect the production of breast milk. When you’re physically well, getting rest, and have a healthy support system, your body can focus its energy on making milk. But, if your body is out of balance because you have an untreated medical condition, you’re exhausted, or under a lot of stress, you can see a decrease in your supply. Here are some of the health issues that affect milk production.

Not Getting Enough Rest: Recovering from childbirth, the demands of motherhood, and breastfeeding a newborn can be exhausting. Postpartum fatigue and a lack of energy can interfere with breastfeeding, and it’s one of the common causes of a low supply of breast milk.

• If the child you’re breastfeeding is under a year old, you may have to supplement with infant formula to be sure he’s getting all the nutrition he needs. Children over a year old who are getting more nutrition from solid foods may not require supplementation. You should talk to your baby’s doctor about what your child needs.

Not Paying Attention to Your Diet: What a breastfeeding mother eats and how much water she drinks has not been shown to cause a significant decrease in the supply of breast milk. Moms all over the world can make enough breast milk for their babies even when their diet is limited. However, a healthy meal plan and adequate hydration are important for your overall health.

Using Excessive Amounts of Herbs and Spices: Small amounts of any herb or spice should not cause an issue. You can continue to cook with bits of your favorite herbs and spices. However, when taken in large doses, some herbs can cause a decrease in your breast milk supply.

• Peppermint and sage are the most commonly associated with a decrease in breast milk. Women even use them to help dry up the milk during weaning. Keep this in mind if you enjoy menthol cough drops, breath mints, and peppermint candy on a regular basis.

You don’t have to give up all the things you love when you’re breastfeeding. You can still have your morning coffee and even an alcoholic beverage on occasion. It’s all about not overdoing it. Here are the lifestyle choices that interfere with breastfeeding.

Too Much Caffeine: Soda, coffee, tea, and chocolate are okay in moderation. However, large amounts of caffeine can dehydrate your body and lower your production of breast milk. Too much caffeine can also affect your baby. Some of the caffeine will pass to your baby through your milk. It can build up in your child’s body causing irritability and sleep problems. If your baby is irritable and not breastfeeding well, it could have a negative effect on your supply.

Smoking Cigarettes: Smoking can interfere with the release of oxytocin in your body. Oxytocin is the hormone that stimulates the let-down reflex. The let-down reflex releases the breast milk from the inside of your breasts and allows it to flow out of your body and into your baby’s mouth. If your breast milk is not released, it will not drain out of your breasts and stimulate your body to produce more.

Drinking Alcohol: Alcohol, like smoking, can get in the way of the let-down reflex. Alcohol may also change the flavor of your breast milk, causing your baby to breastfeed less. If your child breastfeeds less often, you will not make as much breast milk. Not only can it decrease your breast milk supply, but excess alcohol can affect your ability to tend to your child’s needs. Alcohol also passes into your milk which can put your baby at risk for a developmental delay.

Many medications are safe to take while you’re breastfeeding. However, some are not. Some may even contribute to a low milk supply. So, you always want to check with your doctor or a pharmacist before taking medication including over-the-counter drugs.

Birth Control Pills: If you’ve started taking birth control pills to prevent another pregnancy, it could be affecting your breast milk supply. Some forms of birth control contain estrogen, a hormone that can cause a decline in milk production.

If your supply of breast milk is decreasing and you feel that one or more of the things included on this list could be contributing to it, then you can often increase your breast milk supply by trying to fix the problem. Taking care of yourself, trying to reduce stress or deal with stress in a healthier way, and making a few lifestyle changes can make a world of difference. Additionally, you can try to make more breast milk by breastfeeding or pumping more often.

Of course, sometimes there are things that you can’t change such as a new pregnancy or specific health problems. In those case, talk to your doctor and your baby’s doctor. Most of the time, you can continue to breastfeed, but you may need to add a supplement to be sure your child is getting enough breast milk.

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