There are many questions new mothers ask when it comes to breast feeding and its effects on the health of your newborn baby. For instance, how do you get through postpartum depression faster and increase milk supply? How does a new mother continue breastfeeding when you are so stressed with all the new responsibilities and the lack of sleep? Can stress be a reason of the lack of breast milk?
To answer these questions, we should first understand the main principle of lactation. There are two main hormones related to breast milk production and supply: prolactin and oxytocin.
Hormone №1: Prolactin
This hormone is responsible for the amount of breast milk mothers produce. Baby’s sucking actually stimulates prolactin production. The more often you breastfeed, the more milk supply your body will create. Its important to note that the highest level of prolactin is from 3 am until 8 am, so breastfeeding at night assists you in having enough milk.
Hormone №2: Oxytocin
Oxytocin is necessary for the milk ejection reflex. It is actually a hormone, and is responsible for moving the milk to the front of the breasts. The production of Oxytocin starts when you start the breastfeeding process.
So, as a quick summary: Prolactin produces breast milk, and Oxytocin supplies the milk to your baby.
What happens with breast milk in postpartum depression and stress?
The level of prolactin doesn’t depend on stress. So the amount of milk doesn’t decrease with stress.
Stress stimulates another hormone – adrenalin – and Adrenalin can decrease the level of oxytocin. The conclusion is that while stress can’t decrease the amount of breast milk produced, it can slow the flow of milk, and that can be imperative to your baby’s health.
What can you do to relax?
- Take a herbal bath
Deep breathing exercises
Reading a good book
Watching a film
Call to a best friend or mom
But how would you sleep at times when you worry about your baby the most. Technology might help.
We at MonDevices think about what we can do to help new mothers and fathers decrease the anxiety related with newborn baby. Our new MonBaby Smart Baby Button has superfine motion sensor and accelerometer to determine a baby’s breathing and body position status. Traditional audio and video monitors are great for a parent to keep a watchful eye or ear on a baby, but they do not alert a sleeping parent if for some reason your baby is having an issue with movement, breathing, or something else. Our MonBaby Smart Baby Button will give an immediate alert on your iPhone or Android if something is wrong with your baby. So you can relax and have some time for yourself when your baby is sleeping!
Your baby needs healthy, happy and relaxed mom. The more quality time you can spend for yourself – the faster you can go through postpartum depression and increase your breast milk supply.