Boosting your liquid gold. How I made it from pumping to mix feeding to exclusively breastfeeding.
I gave birth to my dear daughter on June 19 of 2016 at 6:40 in the evening. She had an Apgar score of 9/10.
I wasn’t able to see her until I got transferred to the recovery room. I immediately passed out after she came out and heard her cry. I didn’t know if she was placed on my chest for skin to skin contact. I wasn’t able to ask. I was groggy and elated to have given birth to my precious girl.
At around 9 in the evening, we were then transferred to our room. After 4 hours, she was admitted in the NICU. She was then given formula milk (without our consent) but then, I thought, it’s better for her to drink formula rather than to starve her.
My milk came in on the fourth day. Before then, I would visit her in the NICU, to be with her and try to breastfeed her so my milk will come out and for her to take all the colostrum.
A week passed and we were finally able to take her home with us. I noticed that she would latch for almost 2 hours. Not sure if she’s cluster feeding or my milk supply is low or due to her tongue tie.
My nipples were so sore and cracked. I decided to have a break on direct feeding. I, then, had to pump and feed her from the bottle (I know. Wrong move. Nipple confusion). When my nipples healed, my little one kept on refusing to latch. Consequently, I had to pump and pump and pump but it wasn’t enough for her. So we had to top up with formula (one to two bottles a day).
I tried and tried and tried to bring her back to my breasts but all my attempts were unsuccessful. After her pedia cut her tongue tie, we finally made it. Her latch was deep and good. The only problem to be solved then was my milk supply.
Here’s a list of what helped me boost my liquid gold:
-Of course, your baby is the key. When your baby demands for more, your supply keeps up with him/her.
-Whenever my baby’s in a growth spurt and would need more milk, this is what I drink and I’d see results immediately.
-Soup. Soup. Soup. My mom and mother-in-law would cook soup for me almost everyday. This definitely fills up my ta ta.
- Oatmeal cookies/Oatmeal
-Just one big oatmeal cookie and it seems that my ta ta would explode.
-Oh yes. My breastfriend. I drink more than 10 glasses of water a day. Besides, you will really feel thirsty once baby’s latched on.
-I took a certain malunggay capsule before, but oh boy! They were expensive and I really did not see much results. Eat food with the REAL malunggay. Besides, they’re free. They grow on our backyard.
I still eat/drink these to keep up with my baby’s needs. To date, I am still exclusively breastfeeding (with solids) my 8 month old. I only feed her directly. She had refused to drink from a bottle when she turned 2 months.
And oh, do not believe the old wives’ tale to not raise your arms while sleeping. Definitely not true. It’s a myth. No scientific basis. I do this every single night. A lot of moms who EBF their babies do.
I hope this would help all the struggling mama’s out there. Happy latching!