I cannot believe that I still able to breastfeed Cloud now that he’s 8 months old. Proud mommy here and of course very grateful for giving me an abundant supply of milk. Aside from nurturing my own son, I was able to donate twice to Philippine General Hospital for premature babies too. It was a nice feeling helping those babies in our own little ways. I am currently building my stash and looking forward to donate more.
In this post, I would like to share few things on how I keep going and how I maintain my milk supply.
1. Moral support. I am very thankful that people around me never questioned my choice to breastfeed my son. And with that, it never caused me hesitations and distressed.
2. Whenever I’m home, I feed by demand. Our milk supply is determined by the stimulation that our baby provides while nursing. So the more we breastfeed, the more milk our body produces. You can also pump after nursing to stimulate more milk production.
3. I always bring my breast friends whenever I go out. I make sure I express milk using breastpump if I’m outside for more than 3 hours. Just make sure you also bring storage for your milk.
4. Power-Pumping. Power pumping is a technique that involves mimicking the frequent feeding of a baby experiencing a growth spurt. During these times your baby’s more vigorous, more frequent and longer suckling triggers an increased release of prolactin from the pituitary gland – the ‘make more milk!’ message. Source
I did power-pumping once before my maternity leave ends just to ensure I have enough milk before I go back to work. You can also do power-pumping once in a while to boost your milk supply.
4. Healthy Diet. This is not a difficult task for me since I love eating vegetables with “sabaw” like tinola, sinigang and nilaga. But if you will ask me if I eat chocolates and junk foods, YES. Cheat day once or twice a week won’t hurt. I guess? lols. I also drink coffee almost everyday but I make sure I drink lots of water to wash it away from my system.
5. Once in a while I drink malunggay or fenugreek capsules. This is to help to boost your milk supply but of course, healthy diet is the key.
6. Before taking medicines, make sure it is compatible with breastfeeding. You may check first at Lactmed
7. As much as possible, be stressed-FREE and think happy thoughts! 🙂
I will update this post if there is anything I missed out and feel free to suggest what works for you.
I hope you find this helpful especially to those mommies-to-be.
Thank you for reading!