With my first attempt at breast feeding I made it to 5 months. At about 3 months in my supply started to drop. Once I had to supplement, because my daughter was eating like a teenager, I didn’t see the point in continuing to pump that milk. I felt like I should continue, but I know in my heart it wasn’t best at that point. Also, I was tired and wanted to sleep! I give so much credit to those who do breast feed for a year or more!
This time around, I feel so much more comfortable with doing what’s best. We are breast feeding now, but if it doesn’t work out I am absolutely fine with that because I know it will be what’s best for me and my son. With my daughter, I felt like I had no freaking clue what I was doing and everyone I consulted had a different answer. There was not clear answers when I looked for help or direction with my questions like, “When do I start pumping?”,”A I pumping long enough?”, “Is she eating frequently enough?”, “What do you mean I have to keep up my supply? Doesn’t it just keep flowing out??”. Ughh it was very confusing.
My previous experience taught me some lessons and gave me an idea of what to expect. This time I started out by pumping after my first session in the morning, and if time allows, after and afternoon feeding as well. If baby didn’t eat a 2nd side those first few days, I pumped. I started drinking Each Mama tea and added brewer’s yeast and spirulina to smoothies or anything on a daily basis. I also began to crave oats. I did a lot more research this time on what type of diet actually supports breast milk production (a future post to come). Did you know that a high protein, low carb diet is actually harmful to your breast milk? You’re body and baby need healthy carbs from fruits and veggies for juicy production.
To satisfy my sweet and oaty cravings while juicing up the boobies at the same time, I decided to give all those lactation cookies a whirl. I didn’t want the sugar or flour so I came up with a few recipes of my own. I’ll be sure to post my chocolate chip no sugar lactation cookie recipe as well.
Here’s a quick solution to those mid day and late night hunger attacks packed with good for your milk supply ingredients.
2 cups of oats
4 Tbs brewers yeast
3 Tbs ground flax
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/3 cup of raw honey
1 tsp vanilla
Add ins ( raisins, shredded coconut, cinnamon, chocolate chips, whatever you want!)
Mix all ingredients together in a bowl before dropping in your add ins. Stir in the add ins of your choice. I did raisins, cinnamon, and shredded coconut here. You may need to add a little water to the mixture to help it stick. I added that plus a little extra honey. Put bowl in refrigerator for 10 minutes. Shape mixture into balls and store in the fridge or freezer! Now get pumping!