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tandem to tend them

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…

…I know how terribly low my supply can get. Thus, I have to do tandem pumping at each feed. And probably swallow a truck load of galagtagogues.

No Bake Baker

I am not a baker and I don’t even have an oven. But I have all the ingredients I need to make lactation cookies or brownies. So I decided to make some that do not require any baking. And this are really easy, money saving and milk boosting delicacies! 

I have been buying Mom’s More Milk lactation brownies and they’re so yummy! But I also wanna make my own. So here goes…  

No Bake Lactation Balls

– 1 cup of oats (rolled or instant)*

– 1/2 cup ground flaxseed*

– 1/2 cup dark cocoa powder*

– 1/2 cup peanut butter

– 1/2 cup butter (I’ll explain why I used butter and sugar)

– 2 tsp sugar 

– 1 tsp vanilla essence

*optional: crushed almonds, chia seeds

Method

1) Put in all the dry ingredients(*) in a bowl and stir to mix them well. 

2) Melt the butter and add in sugar when the butter is 3/4 melted. Stir well and remove from heat. 

3) Add the peanut butter into the bowl of dry ingredients, pour in the melted butter and vanilla.

4) Mix everything well and roll them into balls. Arrange them neatly on a big plate or a tray and let them cool in the fridge for at least 1 hour. The longer you keep, the firmer they get ūüėČ.

Ok! Now the part where I need to explain about the butter sugar thing. I am not a sweet tooth person so I used dark cocoa. You may wanna get sweetened cocoa powder. And the butter is to actually replace honey (too sweet for me), that really can stick them balls together! But since I don’t use honey, I melt some butter. This works, too. The sugar? Well, just to give it a nice taste. HAHAH! If you wanna use honey, you can opt butter sugar out and just use 1/2 cup of honey. Oh yea, the peanut butter is also for making the ingredients sticking together and making the balls thicker. 

If you wanna get more supply, you can also add a teaspoon of ground fenugreek. I don’t put it in because I’m done with smelling like maple syrup. Not that I hate it. The smell makes me crave for pancakes!!!

Alrightey then, I gotta feed my chunky boy. Happy (non)baking!

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 ūüėõ 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 ūüėÄ

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?