One of the most frustrating moments, as a new mother, can be battling with your milk supply. As baby O rounded her 4th month, my supply started to drop drastically. How did I know this? Here are the signs that told me that my supply was dwindling:
* a sudden drop in weight (we are talking 8 pounds in one week)
*”empty” feeling all day/all night long
*baby was never satisfied || prior to my drop in my supply, baby O would nurse 1 side and sometimes a 2nd side (because she was always so full after the 1st) || After the drop, she would nurse both sides for an eternity, hoping more milk would come and it never did
*She would wake up 5+ times per night to get in extra feedings because she was not getting enough to eat during the day
*I started supplementing with a few of her feedings and she guzzled it down as if she was starving to death
Now, please note that I am not a lactation consultant and all of this is from experience. It may work for you, it may not. But I hope that it does! 🙂
What I should have done when baby O was only taking one side, would have been to pump BOTH sides afterwards to completely drain them. If you do not do that, your telling your body that she only needs one side every few hours and your milk supply will drop like crazy (as mine did). She would have been fine with it, if she wasn’t growing – because she obviously needs much more now – then she did 2 months ago.
I was also sick during this time (just an upper respiratory infection) which makes you even more dehydrated. It is important to drink, drink, drink!!
So here is what I did to increase the boobie juice(I started this on a Saturday and saw an increase in my supply mildly by Tuesday and drastically by the end of the week)
- DRINK a crap ton of fluids. We are taking gallons. Like so much water that you think you might just burst at the seams 🙂 Even better than water, is gatorade. I drank a ton of it.
- Fenugreek. A godsend. I took this 4 times per day and it makes me smell like maple syrup (there are worse things, right?) Once your supply is back where you want it, you can stop taking it. I purchased mine at a local health food store, but you can grab some here too.
- Rest. Your body cannot make the milk your baby needs unless you are getting the rest that you need. My lactation consultant is adamant about this. Give the babe to the hubby/grandma/someone and GO TO BED girlfriend!
- Eat. Now, I should tell you to try to eat as much as possible and try to eat healthy….but to be honest, I just ate whatever. I ate like a horse. Seriously. Every hour, a snack.
- Steel Cut Oats need to become your best friend. I had a bowl of this twice a day. I LOVE this stuff. I put organic maple syrup and berries on mine!
- One bottle of Guinness per day. Yes, beer. It’s yummy, it relaxes you, and it increases your boobie juice. Drink it.
- Eat dark leafy greens. I was making spinach salad with tuna/carrots (also increase your supply) || You can also eat asparagus/brown rice/hummus
- Lactation Cookies || The best damn cookies you’ll ever eat. Seriously, I love these and I ate like 4 a day. I swear they helped to increase my supply!
Here is the lactation cookie recipe I used:
Ingredients you will need
3 cups of steel cut oats
2 cups of almond flour
1 1/2 cups of brown sugar
1 cup of chocolate chips
1 cup of butter
4 tablespoons of water
2 tablespoons of flaxseed meal
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon of baking soda
How to whip them up
1. Preheat oven to 375°
2. Mix together 2 tablespoons of flaxseed meal with the water and set aside for 3-5 minutes
3. Cream the butter and brown sugar. Add eggs one at a time, beat well.
3. Stir in flaxseed meal mixture with vanilla to the butter mix. Beat until blended.
4. Stir together your dry ingredients separately (except oats and chips)
5. Add to butter mixture. Stir in oats and then chips
6. Scoop or drop onto baking sheet.
The dough can be a bit crumbly, I used two spoons to scoop and transfer to the baking sheet.
Bake for 8-10 minutes, depending on the size of your cookies. It makes approximately 3-4 dozen (!!)
(recipe borrowed from here)
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