At this very moment, I am very annoyed with my body. I have been hit with mastitis, yet again! For the third time already, come on. I don’t know where I’ve gone wrong. I’m still pumping especially when I feel extra heavy after feeding. I even hand-express!
So last Saturday, I started to get the chills and low grade fever, without any engorgement. I practically curled myself to sleep. I thought all these could be because Shazain’s nursing strike. He was latching for only a mere second on both sides. Plus crying from the top of his lungs (No, he’s not colicky and none of my kids were colicky).
Last night was the worst! I ached all over my body and feeding him was the most painful thing ever. So what I did was, after he has fed on the sick boob, I massaged the lump and then pumped it out.
And because I’ve suffered thrice…
(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.
1. fenugreek capsules
2. red raspberry leaves capsules
3. Shaklee soy protein
4. mother’s milk lactation tea
6. warm soya bean milk
8. coconut water
9. fish soup
10. round spinach
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.
how can I not be happy?