So I have talked about this a lot on my Instagram but not on here at all and I wanted to write up a little post about it! My breastfeeding journey didn't last as long as I wanted with Ollie since I got pregnant pretty quickly and my milk supply went down, and so far it has been going very well with Penelope. She latched right from birth, and she's been a great nurser ever since. I have been pretty much nursing her on demand because I have wanted to make sure I have enough milk for her, and as a result of this (or maybe it's just her, who knows), she is actually quite a good sleeper at night, sleeping one 4-5 hour stretch and then waking up every 2-3 hours. But she nurses pretty frequently during the day when she's awake usually. This is just what has worked for us so far and it's working quite well!
There are a few things I have done to keep my milk supply up, and I'd like to share those with you as well as things I did to help facilitate it coming in as quickly as possible. When Penelope was born she was a little jaundice, and since we had been through that already with Ollie, I knew I wanted my milk to come in as soon as possible so that it could clear. I had received a box of lactation bars from Milkful (use code 'theholtsathome' for 10% off), and they honestly really helped. It was SO nice to have a some kind of lactation goodie to bring with me to the hospital, since I obviously didn't know when I was going into labor, and I just had these ready to go in my hospital bag. I started eating them right after I had her, and I also started drinking around 100 oz of water per day. I bought a 32 oz. water bottle and I have just had a goal of drinking 3 of those each day. I noticed my milk coming in much quicker than it did with Ollie, and the only thing I did differently was eat the bars from Milkful and pay very close attention to how much water I was drinking. I think that drinking enough water and eating enough food are the basic secrets to making enough milk, although both can be difficult with a 16 month old and a newborn! And supplementing with lactation bars or cookies is always a good idea in my book. Also, one last thing I have been doing is taking Fenugreek supplements 3x/day. I bought these on amazon. I have been doing it since the beginning so I'm not sure if it has actually helped to increase my milk or not but the amount I am making now seems to be just right, so I keep taking them.
So once I ran out of Milkful's bars, I resorted to my ALL TIME favorite lactation cookie recipe, and no joke, I live off of these bad boys! They are seriously SO good! Here is the recipe from How Sweet It Is. I do mostly everything the recipe calls for, but I have found that using two whole eggs instead of one egg + one egg yolk is better, and I also add shredded coconut into the batter and then pour lots on top! I love coconut! And lastly I use mini chocolate chips instead of chunks but that's just personal preference. Anyway I think those are all of the tips I have for now! What have you guys found to help with breastfeeding? I'd love to know!!
(By the way I am obviously not a Certified Lactation Consultant but I just wanted to share some things that have worked for me!)