On the morning Penelope turned 11 months old I woke up to find that my usually engorged breasts felt quite empty. I didn’t think anything of it until later that day when I realized she wasn’t producing as much wet diapers and was very fussy. I tried to pump and barely got half an ounce between both breast. The panic set in! I wasn’t ready to stop breast feeding, but the truth is I had been lazy. I don’t enjoy pumping so I had lately been skipping my usual sessions both at home and at work. The worst part was I had to go to work in two days and had no stash to leave her father with. I reached out to the Dairy Queens group on Facebook and to some friends of mine that had breast fed and got a lot of great advice. So here goes.
First, DON’T PANIC!
Stress can be a huge factor in your milk supply so instead of worrying and crying about it get to work.
I began taking Fenugreek Supplements. I found some at my local Buy Buy Baby but you can get them any where even Amazon. They look like this.
I used these exact ones but like i said you can get them at any vitamin store, most drug stores, or online. These suggested I take 2 pill three times a day. Each dose is 1,000MG of Fenugreek. The side effects listed were diarrhea and such but I found that it made me go more regularly the only side effect I experienced was smelly farts but oh well I will take it if it brings me more milk. This isn’t over night it takes 5-7 days to kick in so the minute you notice low supply have these handy. Stay hydrated eat well and take some of these.
FEED FEED FEED! (and PUMP)
No more being lazy. Feed that baby every chance you get even if its just a snack. Don’t skip pumping breaks and if you baby sleeps through the night like mine does pump before you go to sleep and first thing in the morning. Milk supply is all about SUPPLY AND DEMAND. The more you demand the more supply your body starts to make. I took what is called a “Nursing Vacation” http://www.Kellymom.com suggested I hang out in bed for a few days and just feed feed feed and of course nourish myself but mainly just boob all day. It was actually fun and I got to catch up on a lot of my shows and share a lot of much needed skin to skin.
Yes you read that correctly. More specifically Stout beers that tend to be hoppier and help with milk production. A mom I met through Instagram actually told me that in Ireland they prescribe you to drink Guinness to help with your postpartum and milk supply. I know some women think ewww but get it together and try a stout beer. Trader Joes also has a wonderful Oatmeal Stout that is great since oatmeal also helps your supply. Don’t get drunk and feed ladies have one a day maybe after the baby has got to bed.
Mothers Milk Tea
Drink tea that will help with your milk supply. Here a few that I have tried and work.
This should be something you regularly drink. I enjoy tea so this is part of my daily routine. I try to drink at least one a day but if I’m low I drink 3-4 in one day.
Some other snacks that can help.
Oatmeal, and flax seed. Some people make there own lactation cookies with special ingredients that help your milk supply and yay for those moms I just haven’t had the time to get that far but I have tried Fenugreek bars from http://www.mrsmilk.com and they taste amazing and work! They have different flavors like chocolate and peanut butter. Think of it as a small breakfast bar you take every morning for 12 days or until our supply gets back up. They ship really fast and you get 20% off your first order.
I am happy to say my milk supply is back up and we did not need to supplement but it was a scary moment for all of us. I want to thank all buy friends and even the strangers that helped me get through this I hope by sharing what I have learned that I help a mom in need. Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions or suggestions!