Breastfeeding Tips | Tips on Increasing Breastmilk Supply
By: Omni A. Larrosa, #TheClingyFam
Our family, #TheClingyFam has always been an advocate of breastfeeding ever since our eldest child Zia was born. I breastfeed her anywhere and everywhere. I do it in the restaurant, in the park, in the car, while attending a seminar, and there was even a time when I breastfed her while we were at Bonifacio High Street watching an acoustic singer who later on asked me to jam with him. Yes! I continued breastfeeding while singing. 😀
I did the same for Zela, our second child when she was born and even today, for Zed, our youngest.
I never delay it when our babies ask for milk. I also gave it my best shot to make sure they were breastfed for at least 2 years. Why? Breastfeeding is proven to help strengthen the child’s immune system making them more resilient against common or serious illnesses. Aside from this, it also helps strengthen the bond between the mom and the child. These are just few of the benefits of breastfeeding.
How strong could the bond be? Let me just show you this picture:
We became stronger advocates of breastfeeding when Baby Zed was born last January 19, 2018. He was born at 35 or 36 weeks, borderline premature as explained by his pedia.
On top of that, he was diagnosed with neonatal pneumonia. And being born in a hospital that does not fully practice breastfeeding added to the difficulty of the challenge. Bryce and I decided to transfer him to The Medical City Clark, a hospital that fully supports and advocates breastfeeding and staffed with nurses, doctors and specialists that are also well trained and equipped when it comes to Exclusive Breastfeeding (EBf) and Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC). It was the best decision we’ve made at that moment as #EBf and #KMC were really helpful in expediting Baby Zed’s recovery.
As I go on my breastfeeding journey, I noticed that I learn a lot of new things in each time we give birth to a new child. The tips that I am sharing below are what really helped me become an effective breastfeeding mom since 2012.
Tip No. 1:
Apply hot compress then massage on the back of the breastfeeding mom.
My husband does this to me everytime we give birth to a new child. All three kids of ours were birthed through C-Section and usually, breastmilk does not come out immediately for moms who gave birth this way. In my case, milk usually comes out on the third day but I have also heard several stories of moms having very low milk supply or not having it at all. Hot compress coupled with back massage has helped us address this challenge.
Here’s how we did it.
- First, you will need a hot pack. When Zed was born, we used boteng lapad filled with freshly boiled water and wrapped with cloth or towel as our hot pack. But now, we discovered Pro-freeze as a better hot compress tool as it can be straightened or curved depending on which part of the body it is pressed on to.Gently press and glide the hot pack on the upper and middle areas of the back in a driving-like motion. Then, do the same on the whole chest portion above the nipple area. This is done to de-clog the milk passages in order for us to be able to express milk easier. Do this for 20 minutes or longer until the mom feels more comfortable.
- After applying hot compress, massage the upper and middle back areas and make sure to remove all the lumps (commonly known as lamig or nodules). Continue massaging from the upper back to the upper area of the chest or breast to remove the clogs that prevent milk from flowing. Do this for at least 20 minutes or longer until all the clogs are gone.
- Pump the breasts to express milk. Notice that milk comes out better and supply is more.
Tip No. 2:
Drink a lot of freshly boiled malunggay (moringa) soup. Malunggay is proven to help increase supply of breastmilk. The great thing about staying in our home at Pampanga is the unlimited supply of Malunggay leaves that we normally just pick from our Ate’s homegrown Malunggay tree located just right in front of their home. Add malunggay leaves in any food, preferrably sinabawan (with lots of soup). In some cases, you can make malunggay soup as your replacement for drinking water to help increase your milk supply.
Make sure to also eat food that are high in galactagogues, or food ingredients that increase the flow of breast milk. I usually order lactation treats from @lactomom via their IG account. If you are from Manila, make sure to order at least a week in advance because these are freshly baked and coming from Davao. But, since they are also very accommodating, I usually have no problem with customer experience. I also order from @moshiyummies. Love their lactation cookies and revel bars so much! Brownies from Mommy Treats are also delicious.
Some suggest avoiding sour or spicy food. Also avoid softdrinks or anything with caffeine.
Tip No. 3:
Take Malunggay-rich supplements.
Most breastfeeding moms know that malunggay is a superfood in increasing breastmilk supply. However, some may have challenges in access to fresh malunggay especially those living in the city, like me. In cases when we can no longer have fresh malunggay soup because of reasons like lack of supply or maybe, taste fatigue, we can always take supplements made of real malunggay leaves to aid in our body’s production of breastmilk. I personally take 2 to 3 capsules of Mega-Malunggay, a malunggay supplement distrubuted by VPharma. It helped me increase my supply of breastmilk and I like the fact that it has Sodium Ascorbate, a non-acidic type of vitamin C which is effective in strenthening the body’s immune system.
Tip No. 4:
Keeping a pumping schedule when you are away from baby will help sustain your milk supply. This is highly recommended especially for working moms like me.
Whenever I’m in the office or even when I am out on business trips, I do my best to pump every two to three hours to sustain my milkflow. It also helps to wear clothes that are breastfeeding or breast pumping friendly. I got mine from @workit and @kaypeebaby. You may check their IG and FB accounts for reference. Their clothes are budget-friendly and stylish.
Tip No. 5 :
Unli Latch, Latch, Latch
Nothing beats unli-latch as they say. Make your baby latch more frequently even when the milk does not flow yet especially right after giving birth. The baby’s latch help signal the mom’s body to produce milk.
Hope these tips help. Remember, you’ll never go wrong when you give the best for your baby so I encourage you to stay committed to your breastfeeding journey. I have been doing it for 5 years and counting and there was never a moment of regret. 🙂
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Omni Amisola-Larrosa is the wife of Bryce, an outstanding speaker & people builder, a mother of 3 wonderful kids named Zia, Zela & Zed, and a recipient of the 12th Mansmith Young Market Masters Award (Mansmith YMMA) for 2017, an advocacy project that seeks and recognizes young outstanding marketers and entrepreneurs. Omni seeks to outperform herself by being the best wife to Bryce and the mom to #TheClingySibz, while inspiring other moms in maintaining a good work and family life balance.