BOOST – Breast Milk Enhancer Pro
Enhance Your Breast Milk to Improve Your Baby’s Nutrition
Breast milk is the best source of nutrition that a baby can ever have. No synthetic milk formula can ever replace a mother’s milk. But, there are some instances when moms are unable to produce more breast milk to provide for the baby’s needs. Most women turn to mixed feedings to supplement their baby’s nutritional needs. But, as experts say, breast milk is still the best for babies during their growth years.
Breastfeeding is beneficial in many ways. It can supply every need of the baby during the growth and development years, in terms of fats, calories, proteins, vitamins, minerals, and carbohydrates. It has all the nutrients in all the right amounts. Breast milk is even known to adjust its components to match the baby’s needs. The body adjusts and adapts its rate of production, as well as the amounts of the breast milk components, according to the baby’s stage of development and other needs. For instance, breast milk during the early months contains more fats and proteins to provide for the needs of the rapidly growing and developing organs of the baby.
Also, during the first few months, the baby’s immune system is not yet fully developed. Breast milk addresses immunity concerns by containing lots of antibodies. During the 1st few weeks after giving birth, the mother’s body produces extra antibodies and adds them to the breast milk. These antibodies are produced by the mother’s own immune system. Some of these antibodies make their way into the breast milk and when ingested by the baby, provide temporary protection against common illnesses.
Aside from the nutritional and immunity benefits, a closer bond between mother and child is fostered. Nothing is better at getting that close bond more than during breastfeeding.
Other benefits of breastfeeding include:
- Faster recovery of mother from the stress of delivery, including faster loss of pregnancy weight
- Less risk of developing allergies and asthma
- Fewer incidence of respiratory and ear infections
- Fewer incidence of diarrhea during the early months of life
Why there is inadequate supply of breast milk
The production of breast milk is driven by supply and demand. Higher supply happens when there is higher demand for the baby. Milk supply decreases if the baby does not need much, such as when the frequency of feeding declines and when breastfeeding sessions are much shorter. Factors that affect supply include:
- Not enough stimulation
Sucking the breasts is the greatest stimulation for breast milk production. If the breasts are not getting enough stimulation from sucking, then milk production slows down leading to inadequate amounts available for the baby to feed on. Some of the probable reasons involve the baby’s condition. Jaundiced or sleepy babies often do not nurse vigorously enough, leading to incomplete emptying of the breasts. If the breasts are not always emptied of its milk contents, it will send an inhibitory signal to the rest of the process to slow down the production of breast milk. Also, babies that have weak or ineffective sucking may also lead to low breast milk production. Proper latching on is essential for proper and adequate feeding.
- Schedule feeding and separation
If the interval between each breastfeeding is too long, the body may interpret it as decreased demand for breast milk. Also, if the mother and the baby are separated for too long, the same effect occurs. This is why mothers should be close to their babies day and night. Some mothers even have to wake their babies at night just to feed in order to keep the production of breast milk continuous.
Many mothers find their breast milk supply dwindle once they return to work after giving birth. The extended periods of separation from the baby and the stress from work combine to reduce the rate of breast milk production.
- Limited time spent on each breast
The ideal time for breastfeeding on each breast is at least 15 minutes. It isn’t recommended to force the baby to stop sucking. Experts advise moms to just let the baby suck on a breast for as long as he wants. This usually takes anywhere from 20 to 45 minutes. This, however, depends on the baby’s age and growth spurt. During active growth, babies can spend longer time on feeding. Alternately, there will be days when the baby won’t be feeding as much. Just let the baby dictate his own feeding schedule, rate, and for how long.
Also, limiting feeding on each breast is giving the baby less nutritional benefits from breast milk. The foremilk (milk at the beginning of each feeding) is usually lower in calorie compared to the hindmilk (milk towards the complete emptying of the breast). Hindmilk is also rich in fat, which helps the baby to grow and develop better.
During the early weeks after birth, allow babies to create their own rhythm when feeding. Also, when the baby detaches from one breast, offer the other breast. This is to ensure that the baby feeds adequately, as it won’t always be enough feeding from just one breast. Offering the other breast after the baby feeds on one is also a good way to balance and boost breast milk production between the two breasts. This way, one breast won’t feel too full while the other feels empty.
- Sick or stressed
The rate of breast milk production also varies depending on the mother’s health. If the mother is sick, breast milk production typically slows down. The body concentrates its energy and efforts to healing and recovery. Also, especially when sick with an infection, the body slows down its breast milk production to avoid getting any of the bacteria, virus or toxins to the baby during breastfeeding.
When the mother is under lots of stress, breast milk production also slows down. Just like in sickness, the body redirects its energies towards healing and recovery, leaving little to spend on producing breast milk.
Hormonal imbalances can disrupt the normal hormonal cycle that regulates and maintains breast milk production. Hormonal disorders that may interfere with the production of the adequate supply of breast milk include pituitary or thyroid problems. The presence of placental fragments also interferes with milk production. When a mother takes hormonal contraceptives that contain estrogen while breastfeeding, the synthetic hormones can inhibit breast milk production.
- Use of pacifiers or milk formula
Babies who are given supplemental feedings with milk formulas tend to nurse less often. They usually feel full for longer periods because most formulas are huge in calories and on hard-to-digest milk proteins. This means less sucking stimulation leading to less production of breast milk.
Also, babies who have been trained to suck on pacifiers become more willing to satisfy their sucking needs with these little items, instead of spending more time sucking on their mother’s breast. Once they feel full, they’d immediately dislodge themselves from their mother’s breast and suck on pacifiers.
- Sore nipples
If the mother is uncomfortable during breastfeeding, she will likely try to cut the feeding sessions shorter. Also, she would likely delay feedings or opt to supplement the baby’s feeding needs with milk formula. These will all affect breast milk production. Sore nipples are the top reason for breastfeeding discomforts. Mothers should know how to correctly position their baby’s mouth when breastfeeding to avoid this.
- Medical conditions
There are a few medical conditions that contribute to difficulties in breastfeeding and reduction of breast milk supply. A few of the common ones include yeast infections, inverted (or flat) nipples and tongue tie. These can cause nipple soreness and increase discomfort during breastfeeding. These medical conditions can also make it more difficult for the baby to feed properly. Correcting these can help improve breastfeeding and milk supply.
- History of breast surgery
Previous surgical procedures done on the breasts can affect breast milk supply on many levels. Surgery causes injury to the mammary glands, making them unable to function properly. Scar tissues can inhibit the full expansion of the glands and breast tissues to accommodate more breast milk. This can severely limit how much milk can be produced. Breast biopsies and breast augmentation procedures generally should not cause these problems at all. Breast reduction procedures, however, would have higher chances of causing problems with milk production.
Generally, mothers who gave birth via a Cesarean section would need more time to recover from the procedure before they can breastfeed. The body focuses more on healing and recovering from the invasive procedure before it turns its attention to producing breast milk. Also, mothers who underwent C section would generally need more time to rest and recover before they have the energy to hold and care for their newborn babies. These should only cause a slight delay in the letdown and milk production process. Once breastfeeding is initiated, these mothers should be able to produce as much milk as those mothers who gave birth via the vaginal method.
- Smoking and medications
Smoking has an inhibitory effect on the let-down (milk release) reflex, as well as on the rate of breast milk production. Also, there are some medications that affect breast milk supply.
Means on how to increase breast milk
There are many ways to improve breast milk production. Here are some of the most effective methods:
- Drink enough water
A mom’s health affects the amount and quality of breast milk. Drink enough fluids. Dehydration would surely affect how much milk is available for the baby. Milk, after all, is mostly water. A breastfeeding mom does not have to force fluids (drink more than the daily water requirement). Drink at least 8 glasses of water or 2 litres of water per day. Also, drink according to thirst. Some days may be too hot and the body will require more water. Let the body dictate its own water needs, as long as it does not fall below the 2-litre daily requirement.
- Be healthy
Mothers should take care of themselves, too. A healthy mommy has a healthy baby. Eat a balanced diet, complete with vitamins and nutrients. Eat at least 1800 calories each day. Mothers are not advised to go on weight loss or restrictive diets. Lactation is actually a great way to lose the pregnancy weight. Also, some women find that they do not gain weight despite eating more calories while they are lactating. Breast milk production and breastfeeding consume a huge load of calories, which can promote weight loss. So, this is actually the best time for mothers to just eat and not worry about gaining weight because calories are immediately used up by the entire lactation process. Also, lactating mothers who eat high quality, nutritious foods and limiting sweets and fats will also find that they are naturally losing weight without much effort such as restrictive dieting.
- Nurse as often as the baby wants to nurse
Again with the supply and demand. The more the baby is allowed to nurse, the more the body will increase breast milk supply. How often to feed depends on the baby’s need and stage of growth and development. Experts do recommend to give at least 8 feedings within a 24-hour period.
- Offer both breasts
Experts recommend starting a feeding with the opposite breast used from the last feeding. That is, if the baby last fed on the right breast, offer the left breast for the next feeding. This helps balance out the production of the breasts. Also, after the baby detaches from one breast, offer the other one. This ensures that the baby is truly satisfied and full. Sometimes, babies would detach from one breast and then suck on the other one if offered.
Also, switch breasts if the baby slows down his sucking. More often, babies would start sucking at one breast vigorously for a few minutes then lazily suck for an extended period. When the baby starts to suck slowly, carefully detach him and offer the other breast. Do this twice to ensure that the baby feeds adequately. This will also provide both breasts adequate stimulation to boost breast milk supply.
- Massage the breast gently while breastfeeding
Massaging will provide more stimulation for better and easier let down of the calorie-rich and fat-abundant hindmilk. The release of the hindmilk completes the baby’s nutritional needs. It also empties the breasts to make room for more milk supply later. Massaging is also called breast compression.
- Proper breastfeeding techniques
There are a few techniques to follow to ensure that the baby is positioned properly and comfortably. It also helps to prevent any discomforts such as sore nipples. Check that the baby is properly latched on so that milk is obtained in an easy, efficient way. The nipple should be positioned well within the baby’s mouth. The areola should not be too deep or far back in the baby’s mouth so that he will be able to effectively and fully compress the breast’s milk sinuses.
- Use breast pumps
If going to be separated from the baby for more than 2 hours, use a breast pump. This will stimulate the baby’s regular feeding schedule to keep milk production on schedule as well.
How breast milk develops
There are several interconnected processes that all lead to the production of breast milk. The primary hormone that directs the entire process is the hormone prolactin. The presence of this hormone fully activates the alveoli (glands within the breast tissues) for ultimate breast milk synthesis.
Secretion of the hormone oxytocin stimulates the release of breast milk from the mammary glands, called the let-down reflex. The myoepithelial cells are stimulated to contract and the stored milk within the glands are released. This process makes the milk available to the baby during feeding. When the breast empties of its milk content, the body is again stimulated to produce more milk to fill up the emptied glands. This is in preparation for the next feeding.
As the baby sucks on the mother’s breast, the action stimulates continued synthesis and release of the hormones prolactin and oxytocin. Thus, as the baby continues to feed, the body also continues on with its cycle of breast milk production. If the baby fully empties the breast, the next production will be more than the previous. So, in effect, the more often the baby feeds and empties the breast, the body is stimulated to produce more breast milk. But, in some women, the body finds it more difficult to keep the supply to meet the demand. This is where supplements to increase breast milk production can be of help.
Breast milk enhancer and breast milk production
A good breast milk enhancer can help in boosting milk production to match the baby’s increasing appetite and nutritional needs. Natural products can effectively and safely boost the production of breast milk in order to have enough to meet the baby’s demands. With natural boosters, women experience a huge improvement in breast milk production is as little as 24 to 72 hours- fast enough to supply the baby’s daily needs. This fast effect is very helpful to make sure that the baby has a steady supply of nutrient-rich breast milk.
Boost Breast Milk Enhancer will naturally increase breast milk production. It stimulates the organs and hormones responsible for breast milk production. Supplements to increase breast milk contain a special blend of herbs that work together to improve the supply of breast milk. This product formulation is clinically proven effective.
According to several clinical trials, the special formulation of Boost Breast Milk Enhancer is effective and safe. One active ingredient is silymarin. This compound has effective galactagogue properties that boost milk production. However, this effect is yet to be fully studied to get an exact picture of how it works. What is known is that milk production increases in the presence of these compounds. Another important compound that influences milk production is steroidal saponins. These are compounds naturally found in plants, which is believed to have a direct influence on hormones responsible for milk production.
Studies used micronized silymarin, given every day to pregnant women for 63 days. Tests were taken on the 30th and the 60th day to measure breast milk production. Results showed that those who took micronized silymarin were able to produce more breast milk. At day 30, the milk produced was 64.43% more than before they took micronized silymarin. By day 60, the milk production increased by 86%, which was about 1,119.24 grams compared to 700.56 grams before the trial.
Silymarin is the main active ingredient that helps boost breast milk production. This is a bioactive ingredient that comes from the extract of milk thistle (Silybum marianum) seeds. Standard milk thistle seed extracts contain about 70 to 80% silymarin flavonolignans. The other 20 to 30% are composed mostly of oxidized polyphenolic and certain polymeric compounds, in undefined chemical fractions.
Aside from the main silymarin ingredient, there are other lactation-enhancing herbs added. These include artichoke leaves, fenugreek seed, basil leaf and alfalfa leaf. All the herbs are 100% natural. These are all herbs that have long been known to help in boosting milk production. Fenugreek, in particular, helps to improve breast milk production within 1 to 3 days.
Directions for use
The supplements to increase breast milk are conveniently taken in capsule form. Women no longer have to deal with bitter-tasting concoctions and fussy preparations. Just pop a capsule and let the herbs do their work. Busy moms no longer have to worry and spend precious time calculating and preparing daily dosages. Everything has already been calculated and ready for administration.
Take Boost Breast Milk Enhancer either for short-term or long-term. Since the ingredients are all natural and the effects are natural, too (does not alter any normal bodily functions, instead, enhances them), the decision on how long to take the supplements depend on individual preferences. Some women can take them for as long as they breastfeed their babies. Some women opt to take them on a short-term basis, just to address immediate breast milk production needs. There are some users that only take the supplements for about 1 to 2 week, long enough to increase breast milk production to desired amounts. After which, they ease off on the supplements.