I want to share with you my nursing experience. I had my first baby (Hattie) February of 2016. She has been the best thing that has ever happened to Brandon and I. She is wild, and silly, and ever so stubborn! I wanted to nurse Hattie as soon as she was born. But I had prepared myself to not be able to, because my mom was not able to nurse my brothers or I for very long. So I assumed I would be in the same boat.
To my surprise I was able to nurse. I have exclusively nursed Hattie from the very beginning and am still nursing. I wanted so bad to nurse her for at least a year. Sigh (wipe some sweat off my face) I mad it. It hasn’t been easy, and I have worked my butt off to be able to nurse this long! I want to share with you a few things that I did to help build and sustain my milk supply.
#1- Water!!! I always carried a water bottle with me. I’m not saying drink so much water that you want to drown. But be aware how much you are drinking and do you best to drink more. I tried everyday to get as close to 100 oz as a could. You may find that you don’t need to drink 100 oz. I did notice my milk supply significantly drop when I wasn’t drinking enough. My suggestion is to find a water bottle that has the amounts marked on the outside of it, so you can really tell how much you have drank and can keep track of it.
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#2- Oatmeal. I made oat meal smoothies almost every morning. I can’t remember where I read that oat meal helps to increase milk supply. But I was going to do whatever I had to, to be able to reach that year mark goal. It has come and gone and were are still going. I usually added about 1/2 a cup of oat meal to a smoothie. I did all sorts of different fruit smoothies.
#3- Essential Oils I used 1 Tablespoon of honey with 2 drops of Fennel oil on top of it, twice a day. Be prepared it tastes like black licorice! I’m not a big fan of black licorice, I hate it! Just a caution don’t use this more than 10 days in a row, or it will increase your urine flow:) Just what you want with a new baby. I only used it for 2-3 days in a row, then waited a week and used it again. It tastes AWFUL, but works amazing!
#4- Pump Pump Pump I pumped after each feeding for at least 15 minutes until Hattie was 6 months old. Yes EVERY feeding even the night feedings! It was rough, I mean really rough. As a result from my pumping sessions I was able to freeze around 500 oz. For really I did. (I filled my mom’s standing freezer and my freezer) I am still using milk that I have frozen.
#5- Relax the hardest think and most important! You have to relax, and breath! The more you stress the less milk your body will be able to produce. Stress from nursing or anything else going on in life will make you milk supply plumit. Just breath! Take a hot bath. Take a nap. Enjoy the cute face of your sweet baby!
YOU CAN DO IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I’m not writing to try and guilt more people into nursing. I want all the new moms to feel that what they choose is OK. All that matters is that you do what is best for you and your family.
You have a beautiful baby, and you are going to do an amazing job. It’s going to be hard. There will be tear. And lots of sleepless night. But you can do it! If you ever need a fellow mom to talk to send me a message and I would love to talk!
You are a super mom!