Breast feeding is considered to be the best way of feeding your newborn. But some mothers will have difficulty in producing beast milk. If so, then they will have to seek out methods for inducing lactation so as to be able to breast feed the baby.
To stimulate lactation, the baby must correctly latch on to the breasts. Try out various feeding positions and find out the most comfortable position which will enable your baby to suckle on your breasts properly and induce lactation.
An effective method of inducing lactation is to stimulate your nipples. Nipple stimulation increases the secretion of prolactin hormone which in turn stimulates breast milk production.
For this purpose, you can resort to using a breast pump. Pumping your breasts will stimulate the mammary glands to produce more milk. Massaging your breasts is another way by which you can induce breast milk production.
Drinking a glass of water before breast feeding is also found helpful in stimulating milk production. You can also apply a warm compress on your breasts as a method of inducing lactation.
To be able to lactate properly, the new mother should follow a healthy life style. Avoid smoking and alcohol consumption. Drink milk and have a diet rich in fruits and vegetables. Increasing oatmeal intake is also seen to stimulate the process of lactation. Also refrain from wearing tight bras as it can interfere with breast milk production.
Your doctor might prescribe you with drugs that will induce lactation. Domperidone is the drug usually prescribed to induce breast milk production. You should take care only to have the prescribed dosage of drugs and should not take any drugs or treatment consulting your physician.
Induction of lactation is not only done by biological mothers, but also by women who have adopted babies. Women, who have had babies by surrogacy, but still wish to breast feed their babies can also opt for artificial induction of lactation.
In such cases, they can resort to hormone therapies to artificially induce milk production. In hormone therapy, estrogen and progesterone hormones are administered into the body so as to stimulate hormones which induce breast milk production.
You can also seek the help of a lactation consultant who will guide you through the process of induction of lactation and breastfeeding.