3 Ways to Induce Lactation

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3 Ways to Induce Lactation
3 Ways to Induce Lactation

The process of milk production by the mammary glands is called lactation. It happens naturally during and in the months following pregnancy, but you may have to induce it if you plan to adopt, want to be someone's wet nurse, or need to increase natural production for other reasons. For this, you can resort to hormonal therapy and the use of electric breast pumps. Take good care of your health and follow the steps below to get what you want.


Method 1 of 3: Inducing Lactation

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Step 1. Take hormone therapy eight months before starting to breastfeed

Talk to your doctor and ask him to prescribe something, such as estrogen and progesterone supplements, to simulate the effects of pregnancy on your body. Take them for six months or more before switching to the breast pump.

The doctor will prescribe estrogen and progesterone to mimic the hormones present in the body during pregnancy

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Step 2. Start using the breast pump to stimulate natural production about two months before you start breastfeeding

The pump stimulates the secretion of the hormone prolactin, which encourages the body to produce more milk.

  • Start by pumping your breasts three times a day in five-minute sessions for at least two days.
  • Increase the frequency of use gradually until pumping the breasts for ten minutes every four hours. Keep an eye on your watch to do this at least once a night.
  • Once you're comfortable, gradually increase the frequency until using the pump every two to three hours in 15-20 minute sessions.
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Step 3. Ask the doctor to prescribe medications that induce lactation

You can take other medications if you don't have time for hormone therapy. Galactogogues, for example, stimulate the secretion of prolactin. The doctor may prescribe metoclopramide or domperidone.

  • The effectiveness of medications may vary.
  • Do not take metoclopramide if you have depression or asthma.
  • Only take medicines approved by Anvisa and prescribed by the doctor.
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Step 4. Supplement the natural milk you give the baby with the milk taken from the pump and the bottle

With induced lactation, you probably won't get enough milk to feed your baby - even more so in the first few weeks of his life. Between each breastfeeding, give milk from a bottle, pumped or even pasteurized (donated, for example).

  • Use the breast pump whenever you bottle-feed the baby to encourage the breasts to continue producing milk.
  • Ask your doctor if you can use any equipment that will help give your child pasteurized or bottle-feeding milk. It can stimulate natural production, just like the pump.

Method 2 of 3: Stimulating Milk Production

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Step 1. Start breastfeeding as soon as you have the baby

After giving birth, rest the baby against your skin immediately. This will trigger your breastfeeding instinct - and the child will soon want to take breast milk. Do the same if you have induced lactation, but prepare a bottle or some donated milk to supplement the natural production.

You may run out of milk supply if you delay breastfeeding your child

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Step 2. Feed your baby 8 to 12 times a day for the first few weeks

Ideally, give your child milk every two or three hours, including at night. Otherwise, production may decline.

  • Don't stop breastfeeding once. If the baby is sleeping or needs a bottle, pump the milk at the time you would breastfeed.
  • Don't wait for your breasts to get "full" again. Have milk available even when they are not swollen.
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Step 3. Stimulate your milk ejection reflex

There are several ways to send signals to your body that you want to breastfeed. Maybe just put the child against your breast, for example.

  • Put a warm compress or towel soaked in hot water on your breasts; run your fingers lightly over them, etc. This can all relax and stimulate the reflex.
  • You can also massage your breasts as if you were doing a breast self-examination. Run your fingers with some force over the mammary glands and lactiferous ducts. Make very slow circular motions, starting from the outside until you reach the areola.
  • Lean forward and gently shake your breasts. Gravity will help bring milk to your nipples.
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Step 4. Breastfeed on both sides

Switch the child aside after he or she suckles at a breast and calms down. The milk reserve will decrease if the baby has a favorite breast.

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Step 5. Wait three or four weeks after birth before giving the baby a pacifier

Your baby will suckle harder if he learns to suck milk from his nipples before he learns to use a pacifier. The stronger the child, the more milk you will produce.

Method 3 of 3: Stimulating lactation with natural methods

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Step 1. Eat oats

Oats are easy to digest and help with lactation! You don't need to consult a professional before including it in your daily diet. Just eat the product for breakfast.

The most traditional way is to start the day with a bowl of oatmeal. However, some breastfeeding mothers prefer to consume the product in other ways, such as granola, cookies, etc

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Step 2. Take natural supplements

Buy these products on the internet or at health food stores. Consult a lactation specialist before adopting the strategy or ask your doctor if the supplements you want to take will not interfere with other medications.

  • Fenugreek is a very traditional galactagogue (prolactin stimulant). Despite its effectiveness without scientific proof, some people get the result they want with the consumption of the product.
  • Milk thistle and alfalfa also help (alone or together with fenugreek).
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Step 3. Stay hydrated

Drink two liters of water, juices, milk and other healthy liquids a day.

  • You can even have some caffeinated coffee or tea, but reduce the amount so it doesn't interfere with your baby's sleep.
  • Wait two hours to breastfeed if you drink alcohol.
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Step 4. Adopt a healthy diet.

Eat fruits and vegetables and eat proteins and whole grains. Also vary in food colors, such as dark leafy and light citrus fruits. As long as the child doesn't have allergic reactions, you can eat normally - it's just a matter of being healthy.

  • Keep an eye out for adverse reactions to cow's milk. Stop dairy products if your baby shows signs of allergies, such as a rash, vomiting, or bloating. See a doctor and ask if you can take calcium or vitamin D supplements.
  • Ask your doctor or nutritionist if you can take supplements and vitamins. If you are vegan or otherwise deficient in vitamins, talk to your health care provider to see if you can take vitamin B12 or a multivitamin.
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Step 5. Limit the consumption of medications that interfere with milk production

Your milk production may decrease if you take a drug that contains pseudoephedrine, such as Zyrtec D. Some of the hormonal contraceptive methods also interfere with production. See your doctor if you take something like this.

Read the package insert for any medication you take. Consult your doctor or pharmacist if there are any warnings or contraindications for nursing mothers


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