3 Easy Ways How To Make Breastmilk Fattier
If you’re like me, who always wants the best for the baby, seeking ways on how to make our breastmilk fattier is one of our main concerns.
We dread the time when we see our breastmilk begin to decrease its supply and become less and less fatty. We begin to suspect everything that we think are the culprits in decreasing our milk supply and the ones responsible for making our milk thin. We often hold stress and diet as main factors why these happen.
But fret no more, as we will tackle here the ways how to make our breastmilk fattier. So sit back, read on, and learn.
Eat Plenty Of Nuts
It may be surprising but eating nuts at an optimum amount daily is one of the best ways you can make your breastmilk fattier.
A friend of mine once approached me and asked what food I usually eat because she observed my breastmilk is fattier than hers. I told her I just always include nuts in my daily food intake.
So she followed what I told her. She came back one day telling me that my advice really worked on her! She began to notice her breastmilk became fattier after a few days of including nuts in her daily diet.
This is because nuts are a good source of good fats, both monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, which lower the bad cholesterol in our bodies.
Not only that, they are also a good source of omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids.
And according to foxnews.com, “a diet high in essential fatty acids will also produce fattier, more nutritious, breastmilk.”
But on the disadvantage’s side, this is not advisable to breastfeeding moms who are allergic to nuts or even if the baby’s father is also allergic to nuts. You wouldn’t want to risk your baby just finding out if he’s also allergic to nuts or not.
This method is the use of outside factors not involving food or something you intake. These factors are proven by many researchers to make your breastmilk fattier.
Pump Your Breasts Before Breastfeeding
Now, you would wonder if this process won’t decrease your milk supply instead. But according to research, the rationale behind this process is that the lesser milk your breasts contain, the greater the amount of fat is in the milk.
And aside from that, what you are pumping is actually the foremilk.
The foremilk is actually thinner and its real purpose is to quench your baby’s thirst. However, foremilk also contains vital nutrients important for your baby’s growth.
Increase the Duration of Your Breastfeeding
When you breastfeed, try to empty first your first breast before offering the other breast to your baby. This holds the same reason as that of number one that when your breast is emptied with the foremilk, then what follows will be the hindmilk which is fattier.
Kellymom suggested that by doing so, you will be assured that your baby will take the fattier and more caloric hindmilk.
Increase the Frequency of Your Breastfeeding
When you increase the frequency of your breastfeeding, your breasts will produce more milk. But what makes this process produce fattier milk is that when your milk always gets empty, the more fattier milk will be resupplied.
In the research from biomedcentral.com, it states that “if the full breast is emptied, prolactin again will bind to the membrane receptors, thus enhancing milk synthesis. The more empty the alveoli, the higher the milk synthesis rate... And its (milk) concentration increases”.
With this Breastfeeding USA explains thus “baby who breastfeeds more often consumes foremilk higher in fat than the baby who breastfeeds less often.”
Apply Breast Pressure During Nursing
Applying breast pressure during nursing is one of the effective methods in taking out the fattier part of your breastmilk.This process is generally referred to as breast compression.
Breastfeeding Support states that it is a process where you gently squeeze your breast where your baby is feeding. Just make sure that your baby is well deeply latched onto your breast.
By gently squeezing your breast, your milk will flow rather quicker and thus, the hindmilk, the fattier part of your breastmilk, will arrive sooner.
Aside from that tinyfry.com states that “breast compression helps the fat globules move down the ducts” producing fattier milk.
Massage Your Breasts
Massaging the breasts gives the effect same as that of breast compression. It helps clear the milk ducts and thus makes the hindmilk flow quicker and sooner.
Aside from that this process also helps to improve your milk production.
In massaging your breasts, make sure you always start from the top. There are other parts too that you think are not part of the milk ducts, like your armpits and near your collarbone, but the truth is they are part of your milk ducts and thus needed to be massaged too.
The ducts that are located in these parts are in fact should be massaged more often, so that the milk from these ducts will be drained and flushed out. Technically, Breastfeeding-problems states that massaging these parts can unblock plugged milk glands, which results to helping your breasts to supply fattier milk.
Try Using Sunflower Lecithin
There are many testimonies that link sunflower lecithin in the production of fattier breastmilk.
But one that stands out for me is the testament of Dr. Jack Newman, of ibconline.ca, as cited in joyfulabode.com.
Lecithin is a food supplement that seems to help some mothers prevent blocked ducts. It may do this by decreasing the viscosity (stickiness) of the milk by increasing the percentage of polyunsaturated fatty acids in the milk.
And sunflower is one of the best providers of optimum lecithin.
Generally, sunflower lecithin is good for unclogging ducts and emulsifying the fatty part with the watery part of your milk. Taking sunflower lecithin gives you the effect as though you are massaging all your breast ducts.
With a little sucking from your little angel, the hindmilk will freely flow quickly.
This supplement is available in amazon.com.
However, Dr. Newman suggests following the proper dosage of 1200mg at four times a day to achieve the best result.
Take note that our breasts are a wonderful creation. They have their own ways of giving all their best for our little bundles of joy. Believe it or not, your breasts are always trying to put your baby’s nutritional needs first, even before your very own.
So foremilk or hindmilk, what your baby is really getting if you just breastfeed him more often will give your baby all the nutrition; fats, calories, and proteins included, that your baby needs.
Have you tried any of the methods above and see how it worked? What method have you tried that gave you a positive result? Please leave a comment below or share this article with your friends so that they will be informed.
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