Happy Monday friends! And happy #worldbreastfeedingweek!
First and foremost, I want to reassure everyone reading that I whole heartedly believe that #fedisbest, and have NO intension of shaming women who can’t or don’t choose to breastfeed their babies. The motherhood community can be so judgmental towards people who don’t choose to parent the same way that they do. Which is so sad. Motherhood is tough enough as it is, so let’s uplift each other and share knowledge instead of passing judgement ❤️ In honor of #worldbreastfeedingweek, I wanted to share some tips and habits I’ve developed that have helped me boost my milk supply and continue breastfeeding for as long as I have! (Also including a great healthy, vegan lactation cookie recipe!)
I feel so lucky that I am still able to breastfeed my daughter after over 6 months. I knew when I was pregnant that this was something I wanted to work at, no matter how hard it might be. My supply was great at first, but around 2 months after Riley was born, I was about to head home to Vegas from my husband’s spring training in Florida. For those who don’t know what spring training is like- it’s not glamorous. Nick had to be at the field every day at 6 to start training, which meant Riley and I had to wake up at 5:30 to take him there since we only had one car. Training pretty much lasted all day and then we would have dinner, go to bed, and do it all again the next day. Riley was still so young during spring training, so she wasn’t sleeping through the night. After over a month of hardly any sleep, it definitely caught up to me.
After I got home, I had gotten a cold, and was hardly producing any milk. I had mainly been pumping to try and monitor the amount of milk Riley was getting (she had a spit up issue) and was only pumping about 2 ounces every 2 hours. I was so scared I would have to stop breastfeeding, so I started researching like crazy!
Here is what I started to do, which ultimately brought my milk supply back completely and even stronger!
- Sleep. Sleep. Sleep.
- Water. Water. Water. (I drank almost a gallon a day)
- Change your diet (I incorporated lots of oatmeal, carrots, sweet potatoes, avocados, healthy fats like olive oil and peanut butter, spinach, salmon, and brown rice.)
- Make sure you are eating ENOUGH. Your baby weight will come off eventually, work on nourishing your body so it can provide the same nutrients for your babe!
- Add debittered brewers yeast to anything you can! (Smoothies, cookies, etc)
- Drink Mother’s milk tea
- Cut out caffeine
- Try to destress as much as possible
- If you can, pump less, breastfeed more! If possible, try and take a full day of “nursing vacation” where you feed from your breast all day.
- Skin to skin contact while breastfeeding!
Hope these tips help any breastfeeding mommas! Below I am including a recipe for a healthier (and more effective) version of lactation cookies!