There can be times when the mother’s body does not produce enough milk when breastfeeding. Don’t worry if this is happening to you. Find out more about the possible causes in the article below, where we also give you some tips and guidance on stimulating milk production and encouraging milk to come in when breastfeeding.
Milk coming in describes the moment when mature breast milk is formed in the mother’s breasts. The milk produced when milk comes in is then made available for the entire breastfeeding period, and supplies the baby with food and energy. Milk generally comes in about two to five days after childbirth, often on the third day. The following signs become noticeable when milk comes in:
Relaxation and warmth can help with many problems – including reduced milk production. A calm environment without distractions is particularly helpful when breastfeeding. So go somewhere you can enjoy being together with your baby, undisturbed. Stress, for example, can result in the absence of the let-down reflex, and milk production also suffers.
A warm compress before or during breastfeeding can really work wonders. This is because warmth makes sure that the milk ducts expand and the milk flow is stimulated.
Your diet can also have a positive effect on milk production. Important: There is no one particular food that can guarantee the desired milk flow. Instead, it is important that you have a healthy and balanced diet, so that you can feed your baby all the necessary vitamins, minerals, and trace elements in your breast milk. You should also drink around two to three liters of water every day, preferably in the form of water or tea. While you are breastfeeding, your fluid requirement increases, due to milk production.
The following foods are recommended: