If you are breastfeeding:
- Eliminate certain foods from your diet. Avoid consuming caffeinated drinks, eating spicy food and certain fruits & vegetables like cauliflower, legumes (peas, beans, lentils), broccoli and watermelon. Also, try to avoid dairy products.
- Do not time feedings. Mothers all over the world have successfully breastfed babies without being able to tell time. Keep feeding the baby as long as he is actually getting milk from the breast, comes off himself, or is asleep.
- Use breast compression to make sure your baby is getting a constant flow of milk and not just sucking. Note that a baby may be on the breast for two hours, but may actually be drinking milk for only a few minutes. In that case, the baby would have only consumed the foremilk which is relatively low in fat. Making sure your baby empties the first breast is important for him to reach the hind milk which is thicker and has the fats he needs. After emptying the first side, if baby still wants to feed, offer the other side. Do not prevent him from taking the other side if he is still hungry.
- If the baby lets go of the breast on his own, it does not necessarily mean that he is finished. Babies often let go of the breast when the flow of milk slows, or sometimes when the mother gets a sudden milk ejection reflex that startles the baby. Try him again on that side; if he is not interested, switch sides. It may be that your baby is not getting enough milk from that breast.
- Ensure proper breast latching as it may be that your baby is not getting enough milk.