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Of brownies and puffy cheeks

February 21, 2016 2 comments

Can you tell that he’s been fed well?

Hahah! Look at those cheeks. They sure have become puffier. Wonder if he will beat his second sister to take over her reign as Bambam – a nickname for chubby. Lol! And I think I owe it to this.

Not that my supply is dipping low. So far it has been producing at a fairly good amount. But I thought I’d just give it a try, furthermore, brownies are my favourite heaven on earth. The brownies are so decadent; very rich and thick (you can get them here.) They have strong, nice smell of fenugreek and alfalfa but the good thing is they do not cause any body odour to develop. Unlike taking fenugreek in capsules. I remember taking them 3 years ago and ended up smelling like maple syrup. LOL!

Last night, the little guy woke up only twice to feed and that was it. I tried to feed him again but he was too comfy in his swaddle that made it hard for him to open his mouth. Worrying that I might end up with engorgement (and mastitis), I had to pump it out and managed to yield 190 ml in 10 minutes. Loving this!

Ever since I’ve taken the lactation brownies, I’ve been getting this much of supply and sometimes a bit more. On my lefty, that is the amount I can get through just the massage mode on my pump. Cannot imagine if I turn it to expression mode. And on my righty, the supply dipped tremendously since I recovered from mastitis. On good days, I may get about 40-50 ml (which happens only once or twice). If not, I will only get 20 ml. I feel really sad that mastitis has caused the reduction of my supply and size. And I look very lopsided now hahah! Trying my best to latch Shazain and even power pumping more on my righty but there is little to no improvements.

I guess I gotta rely on my left side for more liquid gold. I’m just crazy about keeping my milk stash up as much as I can and then maintaining it. I will definitely get more of the brownies and maybe try their other lactation product – cookies!

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going the milky way

(as I am typing this, I am pumping my engorged twin beauties)

I am super overjoyed because I managed to re-lactate myself and got the milk back on. I get so many tips and advices on how to increase the supply that I get myself a little dizzy and confused. but I truly appreciate them because they are really useful. I even googled for help 😛 and all these really did work for me.

so if you wanna know what I have tried (and have not), I will list them down for you in 3 categories.

supplements
1. fenugreek capsules
2. red raspberry leaves capsules
3. Shaklee soy protein
4. mother’s milk lactation tea

food sources
5. oats
6. warm soya bean milk
7. papaya
8. coconut water
9. fish soup
10. round spinach
11. almond
12. milk
13. WATER!!!

non-food sources
14. breasts massage
15. power pump

please add on to this, if you have tried other things and they worked. sharing is caring 😀

there are women who can just pump more than 5 ounce at one go. from one breast! isn’t that awesome and down right enviable? but I cannot deny the fact that there are women who get very little or even not a bit. some are able to go on and on till their child turns 2. I hope I can go that far.

if any of you are like me, needs some sort of a “push” to get the milk going, you can try some of those things I listed up there. I cannot guarantee good supply because results vary from one person to another. but there is no harm trying, right? when I was feeling down due to the decrease, I was almost waving the white flag and thought of giving formula fully.

until I saw CloudMom’s videos in youtube. she is tremendous and wonderful! there are two videos that really help me and keep me going on;  Breastfeeding Moms: Stay Hydrated and Pumping Breast Milk After Each Feeding. go watch ’em, they’re really good. she has lots of videos about parenting and breastfeeding.

so I started drinking, WATER of course! and I saw myself producing more than before. and of course, all the other things as stated above. yes, I am that kiasu, everything also want! haha. so drink more water, ladies, especially if you are not a drinker, like me.

and to end this post, here is my end product of the pumping.

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how can I not be happy?

got milk?

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soon i will be back at work and i am dreading the day it comes. partly because of separation anxiety that i foresee will happen, not to the baby but to me. and also because i am worried if my milk supply will deplete. i have been eating well, expressing and storing my milk, and even taking supplements to boost the production. i hope it continues and yes, i will be pumping them at work. got all my storage bags and cooler bag ready for my return to the working life. momma’s gotta do what a momma’s gotta do.

anyway, we have also been trying to bottle feed her but it was disastrous. she refuses to suckle from the rubber teat. although i must say that i feel so honoured and touched because it only means one thing. she prefers mine! *chuckles* if hubby tries to feed her, she wails and screams, and will throw out the milk that has flowed in her mouth. not even a gulp. at least, she still drinks a little if i feed her from the bottle. however it will be a battle between us. me, insisting she feeds from it and she, pushing the teat out of her mouth with her tongue. occasionally taking a gulp or two. she does this till i give up and offers her mine. it’s a win-lose situation.

then there was one night, where i was putting Fateha to bed, i told my helper to prepare the formula if Fateena woke up. i shut the door and lied down on the bed with Fateha. 45 minutes later, i walked out of the room to check out the situation outside. shocked as i could be, i saw an empty milk bottle on the table and my helper was patting Fateena. she drank the milk till the very last drop without even yelping.

i felt threatened. had she begun to prefer the helper instead of me, or even hubby? and there were a few more occasions where she finished the milk if the helper fed her. i had to observe her drinking pattern because, really, i felt she was challenging me.

last night when hubby and i spoke of this, i realised something. it’s not that a big deal, actually. and just like her name, she is indeed intelligent. here is what i observed and concluded from those episodes of bottle-feeding struggles:

1) she refuses to be fed by hubby because he rarely feeds her. she is not used to him trying to make her drink and so she cries.

2) she refuses me giving her the bottle because she knows i can breastfeed her and that she will get only the best. and partly because i always give up with the bottle and shoved mine into her tiny mouth. she loves it! (i think my scent plays a huge role too.)

3) she only feeds and finishes the milk if given by the helper because…no breast milk and no mommy-scent. LOL!

and so, with these challenges identified and solved, we will all live happily ever after.