Can't believe it's time for this thread, but here we go. I have some questions and I know you are all a great resource.
Lyle is back up to only two ounces under his birth weight, and we have the all clear from the pediatrician to EBF as long as my supply keeps up and he keeps gaining. Even BETTER, we no longer have to feed him 2 oz every 2 hours, which was driving us all totally crazy. I am just hoping he doesn't lose a lot of weight when we go to a more natural feeding schedule. We have a weight check Friday.
Anyway, I need to build supply. What is the best way to take fenugreek, any specific products to recommend?
I can't really help you with the fenugreek, but you can also eat a lot of oats. They seem to help with supply - whether in cookies or just oatmeal for breakfast.
Here is the kellymom.com resource on low supply (if that's what you have):
Best way to build supply is keep baby on your breast a LOT. Like as much as it will take. Any type of nipple stimulation is helpful.
Drinking mamas milk tea.
Glad you don't have to worry about the oz anymore.
Yep, skin to skin as much as possible. Set yourself up in a comfy spot without a shirt, grab a couple books, and/or movies and just hang out!
I've also had a lot of luck with beer bread, it took me a bit to figure out why my supply would skyrocket but duh! It's the beer.
Ah I knew someone would ask, was busy nursing when I mentioned it though :p
3 Cups self-rising flour (or all purpose +4tsp baking powder and 1tsp of salt)
3 Tbsp. white sugar
1 bottle of room temperature beer
Mix the flour and sugar, pour the beer in slowly to prevent too much frothing, stir until the flour is moistened. Plop it into a buttered medium sized loaf pan and bake at 350 for an hour. That's it!
It's a nice versatile dense bread that tastes really yummy, especially when eaten warm with a bit of butter :)
That is the easiest bread ever, however I might happen to mess it up!! Thanks mama, so many babies have been born recently, I forgot you were pp too! Hope you and the baby boy are well!
My DW is on a protocol to induce lactation so she can co-breastfeed with me, and the protocol suggests taking Blessed Thistle as well as Fenugreek - she buys it on Amazon, in capsules (see links below). 3 capsules of each herb 3 times a day with food. Supposedly taking the Blessed Thistle in conjunction with the Fenugreek helps boost milk supply and neutralizes any stomach upset caused by the Fenugreek alone. Also, as others have said, it's recommended to have 3 bowls of oatmeal (at least) a week, and the Mother's Milk tea is good supposedly. Of course, make sure you're drinking plenty of water... but you probably knew that. Good luck! Glad to hear you don't have to worry about ounces anymore.
So we went ot the LC yesterday and her opinion is that I don't have low supply at all but he hadn't been latching deep enough (which could mean my supply dropped a little from when I was using the pump) She told me to stop constantly checking on his latch (how much aerola, since I'm pulling the nipple back) but it's hard to stop! I think she's right it could be deeper, but honestly it is not that shallow because it never hurts and I can feel when he's just on my nipple.
She weighed him before and after a feeding and verified he'd gotten plenty of milk. It was VERY helpful to have her identify what active sucking looks /feels like because I thought that maybe unless it was more aggressive it was just comfort sucking.
I'm struggling with positioning and the size of my breasts (which were DD pre pregnancy, not sure now), we're doing mostly football hold and I've tried all sorts of pillows, etc. Even though we did sidelie in the early days I'm having trouble with it now.
Yesterday was our first full day of breastfeeding with no pump or supplement since he was 3 days old. It went okay but not fantastic, I get really frustrated when we can't get the latch right and he was extra fussy at night. We're supposed to be tracking all of our feeding and it became a big blur last night. All I know is I woke up and he was snoozing in my face at some point, hehe.