The Epigenetic Factor
This might be a little bit complex, but you need to think about it if you’re going to be the best possible mother you can. What you eat, how you think, what you do, where you live, and your very emotions come into play in breastmilk production. Did you know your breasts will automatically adjust to be most conducive to the body temperature of your baby?
The human body is amazing, and the female body is even more amazing. But something all humanity shares is epigenetic processes. Essentially, what you do influences your DNA directly. One of the easiest ways to see this involves tanning. When you tan, your body “adapts” to fit the level of sunlight regularly being distributed across you.
You can see the same thing in terms of exercise. When you work out, you make your body stronger, and the “gains” you make will last for a while—provided you’re disciplined to retain them. But get out of the sun or remain sedentary too long, and those gains disappear. So what’s the solution? Well, you need to get in the habit of doing the right things.
When you’re in that habit, that lifestyle, it makes your body healthier. This translates to your breast milk as a new mother. If you’re always angry and out of shape, your breastmilk won’t be as healthy as it could be for your body. The same is true if you get in the habit of eating foods which aren’t proper. With that in mind, consider the following.
1. Give Your Body The Right Foods
Fenugreek, fennel, milk, dairy, poultry, meats, grains—all tend to be very good for breastmilk production. You need these foods in balance with your physical activity, and your baby’s needs. If you’ve got twins, then you’re probably going to need a little more of this sort of nutrition than moms with only one infant.
2. Find Professionals Who Can Help
Something else that makes sense is working with professionals who understand the ups and downs of varying after-birth situations. Sometimes the way in which you were pregnant can impact how you’re able to nourish your child. Sometimes mothers are unconscious for long periods of time after birth. Sometimes they experience serious depression.
Sometimes most everything is going well, but there are still production issues. In all such cases, you may need to seek the help of professionals. Here are a few tips from professionals in lactation that can do a lot to help you boost breast milk supply.
3. Keep Your Mental Health Strong
Depression was alluded to earlier, and it’s a big deal for mothers. If you’re going to be the healthiest, best mother you can be, you need to have a clear mind.
The best way to retain mental health is to keep your mind centered on healthy thoughts, and to find for yourself a network of individuals you can trust. You want the father around, you want friends around, you want family nearby, and a support network you can rely on.
Choices, Thinking, And Food Affect The Quality Of Breastmilk
You truly are what you eat. Eat too sparse or too unhealthy and that will be transferred via breast milk. This is one reason to stay drug free, nicotine free, and alcohol free as possible while you’re nursing. Professionals can let you know where your thresholds are, and they can help keep your mind strong, too.
Diet, professional assistance, and maintaining strong mental health represent some of your best options in producing healthy breastfeeding.