My top tips for supporting your milk supply after mastitis
Often after a case of mastitis the milk supply and volume can take a hit. Use these tips to recover in the best way possible, minimising the impact that a reduction in your milk supply can have on your breastfeeding journey.
- Unlimited and frequent breastfeeding will help to drive supply and demand
- Aim for skin-to-skin daily, this will boost oxytocin levels which support breastmilk production
- Make sure nutritional intake is optimal, focus on a protein-rich breakfast. Aiming to eat and extra 300-500 calories per day which will support optimal hormonal balance and milk production
- Hydration - 3 Litres of water per day, I love electrolytes like LMNT @lytes.com.au and Hydramama @miniandme.co for added impact, and they are great for people who find drinking water a bit bland.
- Take a quality prenatal like @thenatalnaturopath or @wethemoode throughout your breastfeeding journey, and especially when you are stressed, depleted and recovering from illness.
- Prioritise rest and let your body rebuild your milk supply - your body can take quite a hit during mastitis. It is normal that your supply may seem lower, and your body will rebound as soon as it can.
- Take a breastfeeding probiotic like @qiaraprobiotics , studies show it can help to reduce your chances of mastitis occurring again as it boosts healthy bacteria in your breast, breastmilk and gut.