Nursing has been a struggle. I assumed I’d be able to nurse Hazel for a year because that’s what I wanted to do and women are built for nursing. But apparently, not all women are built for nursing. Ha! It was hard for me to accept the fact that I wasn’t producing enough, but now I’m really proud I’ve made it to two months, and I’m hoping I can make it even longer. At Hazel’s two week appointment, she wasn’t back to her birth weight so we had to go back in for a weight check at three weeks. From the two week appointment to the three week appointment, Hazel had gained less than an ounce (most babies gain between a half an ounce and an ounce a day), so obviously my milk supply wasn’t what it needed to be. I met with a lactation specialist and have been doing everything I can to increase my supply. It used to take me pumping five times in a day just to get a half an ounce, but now I get one ounce each time I pump. Although I’m still having to supplement with formula to keep up with the amount Hazel needs to eat, I’ve seen a big increase in my milk supply so I thought I’d share some of the things that I have seen great results with.
1. Drink lots of water: you won’t produce milk if you’re dehydrated.
2. Eat: the Boobie Smoothie and Lactation Cookies (recipes below) are yummy and easy to eat with you’re holding a baby. They include oats, brewers yeast, nuts, flaxseed, and other ingredients that help with milk supply
3. Prenatal Vitamins: They’re not just for during pregnancy.
4. Fenugreek: an herb (in the form of a pill) that has been know to increase milk supply.
5. Pump: The more you demand, the more you will make. I have to pump five times a day to keep my milk supply up enough, but most people only need to pump a couple times a day to see result.
6. De-stress: Take a hot bath/shower or do whatever you find relaxing.
1 cup milk
1/2 cup oats
2 tbs ground flax seed
3 tbs peanut butter
2 tbs coco powder
Blend all ingredients until smooth. You can adjust the amounts of each ingredients to suit your taste buds. I like to add a little extra coco powder 🙂
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 1/2 cup old fashion oatmeal
3/4 cup pumpkin puree (plain)
1/2 coconut oil or butter softened (I use coconut oil)
1 cup ground flaxseed
3 tbsp brewer’s yeast
1/3 cup water
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground ginger
3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 large egg and 2 egg whites
12 oz. chocolate chips
handful of chopped walnuts
1 tsp baking soda
1 scoop protein powder
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl and all wet ingredients in a medium bowl. Mix everything together. Add in nuts and chocolate chips. Scoop spoonfuls onto a grease baking sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes.
If you have any other tips for increasing milk supply, please let me know 🙂