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Making breast milk even better
So is there anything you can do to improve your breast milk? Most remedies are wives’ tales, Lawrence says, with one exception: rest. “The No. 1 enemy of a good milk supply is fatigue,” she says. “Lie down when the baby rests, don’t try to do too much, and say no to too much company. That’s what makes good milk.”
Proper hydration and nutrition are also important. It’s a myth that you need to force fluids, says nutritionist Gabela. You will naturally be thirstier than non-nursing women, but you don’t need to over-hydrate. Likewise, you’ll be hungrier than non-nursing women because breastfeeding burns calories; you’ll need about 300 more calories a day than in the last trimester, more if you’re exercising.
“A good rule of thumb is ‘eat to hunger, drink to thirst,’” Gabela says.
Above all, relax and savor your new life together. As Lawrence says: “Just enjoy this time and know you’re doing a great thing for your baby that will have a lifetime payoff.”