Questions about breast milk after birth

Will I have milk? Is the baby fed? Why is she crying, is my milk low? Do you have gas? Am I eating little? What makes milk? Should I eat sugary, sweet foods? Yes, many crazy questions like this circulate in the minds of mothers who have given birth. While the whole life of the mother, who has already stepped into a new life with the baby, has changed, she keeps thinking about the weight she has gained.

Dear mothers, giving birth is the greatest miracle of life, first of all try to enjoy every moment. Then do not listen to many negative sentences that will come from the environment. Of course, benefit from experience, but ‘this child is not full, you have little milk, if you do not eat this, you will not have milk, if you do not do this, the baby will not grow, etc. Try not to hear rhetoric that will upset your morale. I went through the same thing as every mother. I had the advantages of being a dietitian, but when you have your own baby, you can panic and forget what you know. Getting yourself together and staying away from stress and panic will help you a lot during this period. The best way to stay away from stress is to kiss and smell the miracle on your lap.

Now let’s try to answer your questions with the most frequently asked questions.

1. What should I do to increase my milk? Which foods increase milk?
The best factor that increases breast milk is the baby’s sucking. Your milk will increase as your baby suckles. For this reason, especially working mothers should be patient in this regard, express their milk, wait in appropriate conditions and give it to their babies. Otherwise, the milk in the breast that is not expressed can be stopped. However, there are no miraculous foods to increase milk. However, you can consume foods that will help. For example, you can consume onions, bulgur, dill, protein foods, malt-based drinks. In addition, drinking plenty of fluids is one of the most important factors that increase breast milk. Fennel tea will also support you in this regard.

2. Should I eat sweets to increase my milk?

No. Especially junk food with high sugar content, which does not benefit health, which contains empty calories, etc. Consuming it only increases your weight gain. It has no effect on breast milk. However, sugar-free compote, compote, etc. You can support it with drinks. Especially mothers who have little or no breast milk make this mistake. The main reason for weight gain during breastfeeding is the saying ‘eat sweets and have milk’. However, in the end, all of them return to the mother only in weight.

3. I feel very sweet, so what should I do then?

You may want to eat sweets because breastfeeding mothers expend energy. You can prefer milky desserts and take advantage of dried fruits. However, using cinnamon and cocoa will reduce your need for sweets. Apart from that, you can consume limited amounts of tahini-molasses, honey, and sugar-free homemade jam.

4. What causes a decrease or cessation of milk? Will dieting reduce my milk supply?

First of all, not breastfeeding the baby or not expressing the breast causes a decrease in milk. The second most important factor is stress and sadness. Postpartum period is a very difficult process psychologically. The less sadness and stress you spend during this period with the help of those around you (wife, mother, sibling, etc.), the more abundant your milk will be. Another curious subject is dieting. If we mean healthy eating by dieting, no, your milk does not decrease, on the contrary, it increases. However, if you starve and eat unhealthy because you will lose weight, yes, your milk will decrease.

5. I am not breastfeeding, can I still lose weight?

Yes, of course you can, but remember that this is a process. You may not need additional calories, but all the healthy eating suggestions I will give are also valid for you. You should not be upset because you cannot breastfeed, you should be patient and feed them with appropriate formulas (foods). For all these, you must be in contact with your doctor and dietitian.

6. What should I not eat so that my baby does not have gas?

the first 15 days; cabbage, broccoli, brussels sprouts, celery, cauliflower, peas, chickpeas, dried beans, bulgur, lentils… you may not prefer it too much as it will increase bloating and gas problems. However, by trial and error method, the mother will determine the foods that disturb her and increase her gas complaints. After 3 months, you will be able to breathe comfortably with the reduction of gas complaints. In this process, drinking herbal teas containing chervil provides relief for some babies. However, do not give your baby anything to drink without consulting your doctor.

7. Does drinking water increase breast milk? How much fluid should I take?

Yes, dear mothers. Fluid consumption will help increase breast milk. You should drink an average of 3 liters of water per day. Do not consume other liquids instead of water, drink in addition to water. In addition to the amount of water, you can consume buttermilk, unsweetened compote, fennel tea.

8. Which drinks or herbal teas can I use to increase my milk?

Malt beverages can help increase your milk supply. However, you can also use some brands of drinks that help increase breast milk. However, I think fennel tea is the most comfortable tea you can use during this period. Because you can use it both to help increase breast milk and to help regulate the digestive system. However, green tea and white tea are teas that contain caffeine, even though they speed up metabolism. For this reason, these teas are not consumed much in the first months, but caffeine-free linden, fennel, etc. can be consumed. You can consume 1-2 cups per day.

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