Scientists have not given their verdict on whether certain foods can actually influence lactation, so do take any claims with a pinch of salt. Some foods that are believed to increase breast milk supply are some seeds (such as fenugreek, fennel, cumin, sesame and dill), garlic, spinach, holy basil tea, lentils, nuts and dried fruits, oats and porridge, blessed thistle, ginger and carrots.
If you do decide to experiment with any of these ingredients, do keep in mind that they should be taken in moderation and only as a part of a healthy, balanced diet. Before starting any supplementation or herbal remedies, consult your physician.
Another common cause for reduced milk production is stress. Having a newborn can be very stressful, so allow yourself and your baby some time to bond and get some rest. If possible, limit your obligations to a minimum so that you can spend the first days after delivery with your baby. Do not feel bad about asking friends or family members for help. Find the calmest, quietest room in the house to breastfeed in – this will help both you and your little one relax and focus on nursing. Especially during the days your body has to adjust to new baby needs, and your baby seems whiny and weepy it may help to talk to other mothers that had a baby around the same period. The recognition and understanding helps you guide each other through this period.