I wanted to make this a place for STM’s to share some
love as everyone prepares for the roller coaster that is breastfeeding.
I want to preface what I've listed below with that from what I’ve read
you don’t want to start supplementation until after a few weeks so you really
have an idea of where your supply is at. That being said I am not a lactation
consultant again just a place to share experiences/research/etc.
– this is your GO TO source for all things breastfeeding breastmilk and more.
Questions about storing or thawing breastmilk, pumping, weight gain, weaning
and everything in between – this is by far one of the best resources.
meds app – this is a fantastic App that allows you to look up medication to see
if its safe during both pregnancy as well as breastfeeding.
Bottle and Beyond – Facebook group. This is an awesome group to join which
actually have lactation consultants as admins. They will even help you fit your
flanges/shields etc by sending them pictures.
of the huge tips that came from a LC I spoke with is that BFing is
uncomfortable at first (the pressure, you will get chapped and maybe even
bleed) but it should not HURT. If it hurts something is wrong it could be tongue
tie, lip tie, bad latch and so on. If you think that it hurts more than it should
- A supplemental tip to this is in the beginning
to use nipple cream after every feeding for a couple weeks (or until your body
adjusts) Some people don’t need it and tbh I got chapped but probably didnt
NEED the constant application – that being said I only got a little chapped – thus it
could have been from the constant application.
Here is my list of things of various tips as well as
things that either worked for me or worked for an immediate friend
- Skin to skin and nursing as much as possible are the
no brainier first steps!
WATER, WATER!!! Absolutely NOTHING can
help if you’re not drinking enough water! You will be SUPER thirsty all
the time just plan to never stop drinking water lol. So find your favorite
large cup that will encourage you to drink a ton. I love a huge cup with a
straw. While I love water regardless I still get a little bored so having a lot
of different ways to flavor my water are also a favorite. 100 oz a day is what
you will typically read is needed.
- OATMEAL - With DS I was eating this almost every day.
There are many articles out there where women have compared their supply with
and with out oatmeal and have noticed a difference. Another plus is that it
keeps you full!
– this has to be the malt version (Orange label). Some women absolutely swear
by it for a huge increase. I only noticed a slight increase (which is a great
point – you are going to have to find what owrks for you. Every mama’s body is
– WAHOOOO! ;-) A hoppy or dark beer
If it does come time to actually supplement – brewers
yeast, flax meal and fenugreek are the go tos. (you can buy them all on amazon
or at a wholefoods/trader joes etc). I’m sure that this is not on anyone’s mind
yet but as a note fenugreek can not be taken while pregnant (I share bc I did
NOT know this and was going to try it when I started to loose my supply due to
A lot of people
are huge fan of lactation cookies but what I found to be the most helpful was
muffins. I found them to be more helpful bc I could make HUGE batches, freeze
them all then when I wanted one or two (bc they are delicious lol) then I could
just grab a couple out and defrost them. Again every mama is different but I would wake
up leaking when I ate these
These were my go to muffins
Lastly here are other things that I have read about
but never tried –
- Blessed thistle – midwife sugestion
Milk Tea - lots of close friends swear by this
If down the road you really need some help to increase
– look into power pumping and absolutely look into support groups and LC’s in
Looking forward to hearing other suggestions and