Remedies for Ineffective Breastfeeding
Nurse frequently. As babies get older, it is normal for them to sleep longer throughout the night. However, Talmadge says that smaller and more frequent feedings are ideal for the baby, as they prevent him from spitting up. Frequent feedings are expected because milk is completely digested and out of the baby's system in two hours. Also, it is ideal for the mother because she is better able to maintain an adequate milk supply.Nurse as long as your baby will nurse. Do not cut the feedings short.
Avoid pacifiers and bottles when possible, although this may be harder to do if you have to return to work. Infants can get "nipple confusion" if introduced to bottles and pacifiers too soon. Mothers should allow sucking needs to be satisfied at the breast. As the baby becomes older there is less of a concern for this.
Insure hydration. Dehydration is a factor in decreasing milk supply. You should always have a tall glass of water handy when pumping or nursing a baby. A good rule of thumb is, if your are frequently thirsty it is the body's way of saying you are not drinking enough water. Also, avoid drinking caffeine. According to Tara Gidus's Myth and Fact of Increasing Breast Milk Supply, caffeine is proven to stimulate milk supply. However, it also stimulates the baby. This causes fussiness and can upset the baby's stomach.
Increase calorie intake. Gidus writes in her article Nursing Nutrition "Most women need about 350-400 extra calories for the first six months and 400-500 extra calories for the second six months." Also, empty calories should not be counted as eating. It is good to eat a well balanced and nutritious diet of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. 1,800 to 2,000 calories of quality calories a day is ideal for nursing mothers.