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Breastfeeding is a full-time job. It’s beautiful, but also tiresome. We asked Rahet Bally moms to tell us about their best breastfeeding tips, and here’s what they said.
On increasing breast milk production:
1- Water makes all the difference in breastfeeding.
2- Oats are everything. Add oats to chicken vegetable soup. It works like magic.
3- Breastfeed on demand. It won’t only increase your milk supply, but it’ll also prepare the nipples, and train the baby to latch and suckle properly. This is important during the first three months with your first baby.
4- Moms explained that nothing increased milk supply like taking a spoon of black seed oil with honey, day and night.
5- Salmon and seafood
6- Pump every two to three hours. Try to pump after each feed. If you have a strong letdown, pump a little before breastfeeding.
7- Fenugreek tea. It works like magic, but you have to endure the smell.
8- Sesame oil, Halawa, dates, leafy greens, proteins, and fennel seeds tea.
9- Herbana and herbal teas for breastfeeding do the job.
On cracked nipples and painful breastfeeding:
1- You should apply nipple gel during pregnancy. If your nipples crack and are sore, google different breastfeeding positions for that.
2- Massage your breast under warm water. It really helps relieve the pain.
3- Nipple shields are life saviors.
On comfort for mom and baby:
1- Always shower. It makes a huge difference and comforts the baby.
2- Get a comfy pillow or nursing pillow especially for the first 4 months, and a big nursing cover that isn’t transparent to move around easily.
3- Try different breastfeeding positions and find the right position, so your baby can latch properly. Make sure the baby latches while putting the whole areola in his mouth.
And my own tip as a mom who breastfed…
Halawa and excessive sugar didn’t work for me. They only added a few extra kilos to the baby weight. After I passed the hormonal phase (first three months), my milk supply got better.
We hope that you find these tips helpful, however, always put in mind that breastfeeding women are not all the same. What works for someone might not necessarily work for another. If you try everything and your milk supply is extremely low or is drying up, you should consult a breastfeeding specialist.
Further reading: 6 Foods to Avoid During Breastfeeding