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Increasing Your Wife's Breast Milk: How New Dads Can Help

Updated on March 30, 2011

Many couples choose breastfeeding as the best method for feeding their baby. Breast milk has a better balance of fat, sugar, water, and protein than formula and is better nutrition for your baby. In addition, antibodies in breastmilk can protect your baby from viruses and bacteria. Studies show that babies who are not breastfed are more likely to develop health problems such as diarrhea and respiratory illness.

Breastfeeding can be stressful and tiring for new moms. Even though mom will be doing the actual feeding, new dads can help increase breastmilk and make feeding a better experience for everyone. Here are some tips about how new dads can help.

Feed your baby pumped milk so mom can rest.

Newborns can nurse for 25 to 45 minutes at a time and often need 8 to 12 feedings per day. It is easy to see how this can be exhausting for new moms. If mom is having trouble producing enough milk to meet your baby's needs, using a breast pump can help. Mom can pump milk to have on hand to feed your baby when he is hungry. Using a breast pump gives new dads and stay home dads a great opportunity to help out. Once the milk is pumped, dad can feed the baby and let mom get some rest. This can be particularly important during the night, when a good night's rest can help mom's health and the amount of breastmilk she produces. If mom works and dad stays home, stay home dads can feed the baby throughout the day if it is pumped beforehand.

Give mom herbal remedies.

Many herbal remedies have been trusted for a long time to increase breastmilk. If mom needs to increase her breastmilk, consider buying a herbal remedies to give her. Many herbal remedies have shown no side effects and are safe for mom and baby. Consider using Fenugreek, Milk Thistle, Raspberry Leaf, Nettle, Blessed Thistle, Goats Rue, and Alfalfa. These have been proven to increase breastmilk. If mom is on any medications, however, you should check with her doctor before taking herbal remedies.

Keep mom healthy.

In order to produce enough breastmilk, mom needs to have good nutrition herself. This means eating well, eating enough calories (and additional 700 per day is recommended for the baby), and drinking enough water. At home dads can help by preparing meals for mom so she can rest and making sure she is getting plenty of water.

Image Credit: Christy Scherrer

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