I know I have been MIA for a bit, but I have a good reason. Our baby girl is approaching her half year mark! She is teething, just started eating pureed foods, and apparently wants to start walking now. Therefore, I have to keep my eyes on on her, like a hawk. Not to mention searching on how to baby proof the house.
It’s amazing how time just seems to fly when you have a baby, not too long ago I was stuck on my breastfeeding struggles.
Well, nowadays we’ve been enjoying the Florida sun, walking our dog, and venturing out to the nearby animal zoo, aka PetSmart. Plus, my wonderful partner just had his birthday too!
Family time is such a lovely and fun time <3
5 Easy Ways To Increasing Your Milk Supply :
When I was pregnant, I was worried that I would not be able to fully nourish my baby and that my breast milk would run out. Little did I know that, my body, my breasts were all my baby needed. So don’t let them kid you with that baby formula shit. A mother’s breast milk contains ALL the vitamins, protein, and fat your infant needs to grow!
Nurse, nurse, nurse, and nurse.
It’s simple! The more you nurse your baby, the more your body will produce milk. Breastfeeding is tough in the beginning, you’ll go through some hurdles, believe me. But keep at it mamas! So whenever you see baby is hungry, sleepy, or crying, pop that boob out and nurse them. There’s really no need to follow a schedule in the beginning, the most important thing is to be able to feed your baby. So enjoy your skin to skin contact with them and remember, ALL they need is your breast milk for nutrients!
Copious amounts of H20 is a MUST! In order to produce milk, you have to stay hydrated. It can be tough in the beginning because you may be easily distracted with baby. Therefore, always keep a bottle of water near by! Eating fruits and vegetables that are high in water content, such as cucumbers and watermelons are delicious!
Its recommended to maintain your milk supply and if you’re exclusively breastfeeding, you have to be getting 300 to 500 calories per day! Though your busy with baby, remember in order to feed baby you have to feed yourself! In order to do that, eating 3 meals a day and snacking in between is helpful. Don’t forget what you put in your body, your baby will also get. So eat fruits, veggies, and whole grains.
You can easily get discouraged in the beginning, especially if you are struggling to breastfeed your newborn. What you shouldn’t do is mope around and continue to feel defeated, not letting anyone know. What you can do is seek out other new mothers, support groups (La Leche League), forums online, and contact a Certified Lactation Consultant. You can do this, stay positive! Women have been doing this for centuries 🙂
Any way you find time to sleep or nap, is crucial for your sanity, and even your milk production. In order to enjoy your bonding, nursing moments with your baby, its great to be awake and fully present. But no worries, you do the best you can. Sleep when you can and make sure to take good care of yourself mamas!
Have a happy weekend! 😀