Happy Weekend! Weekends are my favorite, unfortunately my husband is working so I am flying solo again! Boooo. But scrolling through some threads I was reading some interesting things women have said boost their milk supply and things that they have said dwindled their supply which I wasn’t aware of. Here are some things that I use to boost my supply:
- I make overnight oatmeal (most of the time). I ate the oatmeal for about 6 months straight and kind of burnt myself out on it. I had taken a little hiatus from it but restarted my oatmeal journey this week. The recipe you ask? Well it is: 1/2 cup of oats, 1/2 cup of almond milk, a tablespoon of honey, about a heaping tablespoon of peanut butter, sometimes a sprinkle of cinnamon if I am feeling wild and a handful of fresh fruit. Sometimes I use strawberries but my favorite is blueberries but they have been so darn expensive at the store. Then I put it in a container and in the fridge overnight. In the morning I just pop it in the microwave until warmed. I really do notice an increase when eating oatmeal religiously.
- I take a fenugreek supplement, Upspring Milkflow. I haven’t notice any negative side effects except for the fact that my sweat smells like maple syrup. I am immune to it but sometimes all of a sudden my husband will say, “I want IHOP.” It’s so funny (NOT). I have been taking it for months and have read when you stop your milk drops so I continue it.
- I take calcium twice a day. I bought it at Costco so it’s in a giant container and cost-effective. I read somewhere in the beginning that it can help and I don’t drink much milk and such so I figured it would be good to take calcium anyways. Lets face it between being pregnant and pumping the babies deplete your nutrients. I also take a gummy vitamin.
- Water, water and more water. Prior to getting pregnant I hated drinking water. Now that is literally all I drink minus my two cups of coffee that I drink in the morning. If you are a twin parent you will understand why I need that coffee in the morning. It’s damn exhausting. Someone gifted me an awesome water bottle when I gave birth . I have found that having a fun water bottle makes it easier to drink it and it also makes me feel more accountable for how much I take in. I love these Pogo bottles. I have two and they are really durable. I try to drink at least 4 full bottles a day (at least). It is sooooo important to stay hydrated.
- Eating. I was on a strict diet shortly after giving birth. I was counting all of my calories and I wasn’t losing a darn thing. Finally I said to myself I am hungry, miserable and not losing anything. So, I gave up for a bit and ate what I wanted. Believe it or not the weight started to fall off. Not saying go crazy and eat just anything. Now I try to pick healthy food options but indulge occasionally. But like I said above pumping takes a lot of nutrients out of you so eating is important.
These are the things I have found to boost my supply. What have you found to boost your supply?