We have come to end of our breastfeeding journey and I totally missed sharing something for world breastfeeding week (1-7 August) but as they say, it’s better late than never!
When I had my first child I had problems with breast milk supply and as a result, I only breastfed for 2 months. Even so, I was topping up with formula as my son was never full after being on the breast. It broke my heart because I was not providing my child with what I believed was best for him especially in the early days. I also did not have a lot of encouragement regarding breastfeeding and I think this further discouraged me from trying different things to increase supply.
Before my second & third child were born, I was already armed with information on how I could increase milk supply if I were to face the same problem as with my first. I did a lot of research on breastfeeding and I viewed it as a new job that I wanted to be successful at, so these are some of the things and habits I took on board to help myself:
I always made sure I ate well meaning I had breakfast, lunch, snacks and dinner. Breastfeeding burns a lot of calories so eating well and regularly made sure I kept my energy levels up. A lovely breastfeeding advocate mum on Instagram (hey quirky young mom!) also recommended for me to have porridge and I can’t thank her enough because it REALLY did wonders for my supply!
I found it hard at times to eat fruits and vegetables because I was craving cakes & chocolates (apparently this is normal when breastfeeding) so I decided to try and beat the sugar cravings by regularly having smoothies and fortunately enough for me, doing this helped further increase my milk supply as I was leaking all over! My favourite smoothies were:
- Strawberries, blueberries, banana and almond milk
- spinach, kale, mango and coconut water
- Banana and oats
Drinking water definitely helped with my supply and keeping hydrated. I didn’t force myself to drink extra when I didn’t need to but I made sure that I was drinking enough. I got into the habit of drinking a glass of water after every feed and I noticed that my milk supply was better when hydrated.
I pumped every 2 hours after my third baby was born in order to stimulate my milk supply, I didn’t go overboard with the pumping and luckily for me, my flow came in after 3 days. I used the electric Medela breast pump whilst in hospital but I continued with the manual one at home as I had already purchased this before giving birth.
I also considered taking supplements had all the above not worked, I considered Fenugreek and I also came across Boobix lactation cookies and Boo.bsmoothie (do check them out, I’ve read really good reviews!)
I’m pleased that breastfeeding worked for me in the end but I also understand that not every mother will be fortunate like me so the most important thing to remember is not to put too much pressure on yourself, if your baby is fed and happy then that’s all that matters.
Please share with me what you did or what you’re doing to increase your milk supply… 🙂
Thanks for stopping by!