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!
13 Replies to “My Breastfeeding Journey – Ways to Boost/Maintain your Milk Supply”
I've heard of moms who still breastfed their kids till 2-3 years old. Ang dami nya milk!
I did not have any problem with breastfeeding at all, thank God. But yeah, healthy eating and constant pumping helps.
I breastfeed my son until now. He's almost 2 yrs.old. Breastfeeding must really come from a mom's desire to continue to breastfeed. It's difficult to continue, but it's all worth it. =) I salute moms who continue to breastfeed. =)
Congrats! I was also a breastfeeding mum and it's just a lovely experience. I didn't have to go to great lengths to maintain my milk though. It just came naturally (both the milk and nursing). Nursed for almost 3 years but never took any supplement because I believe we're built to breastfeed (well most of us). At the end of the day, it's really your mindset that matters. Keep going! 🙂
Wow! Sana umabot din ako nang ganun katagal! 🙂
I agree mommy Gil! 🙂
Thank you Mommy! 🙂
Thank you Mommy! 🙂
I was able to breastfed my panganay until 1 year old, I stop BF her when we found our that I'm pregnant with Baby Bunso. Now, I exclusively breastfeeding my 3 weeks old baby and hopefully ma reach ko rin ang 1 year old nya na exclusively BF.
Btw, congrats on your breastfeeding journey! Keep it up!
Thank you mommy! I hope you reach your goal 🙂
Go mommy! Breastfeeding is still best for babies. I breastfed my daughter until she was 2 years and 3 months (and I worked 2 full-time jobs while doing it). These are great tips, especially 1 and 7. Stay stress-free and get good support from your partner or family and you'll breeze through those months. When it's time to wean, you'll be sad but you'll have good memories of that bonding time you spent with your kid.
nifty tips for breastfeeding mums! you may also try those lactation biscuits, if you'd like help in boosting your milk supply!
Oh, I’m still breastfeeding my 2-year-old daughter and my 6 months old son. Yes to tandem feeding– my daughter wants to feed when she sees her baby brother breastfeeding. Water, lactation cookies and moringa are my partners.