Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Problems at the dairy

People would ask me how long I wanted to breastfeed and I'd say Well I nursed Bub for 10 months so I'd like to go at least that long but ideally till she is a year. I'm happy to say that Button is 9 1/2 months and I've managed to exclusively breastfeed her the entire time. I didn't get this experience with Bub and it's one of the things I regret. But that's just how it worked out and there's no changing it now. With Button, though, it has gone off beautifully. Until now. I had two weeks off of work for Christmas and I thought that being together all that time would do wonders for my milk supply. But she is less interested in nursing now because she is too busy and she is eating more solids so it had the opposite effect. And now I'm really worried since the milk stash I had in the freezer is down to nearly nothing. I'm not pumping nearly as much as I was. I realized that I'm not drinking enough water or taking my vitamins like I should so I'm working to correct that. Another issue that may be effecting my milk supply is that (TMI) I finally started my period again but I don't know if that is part of the problem or not. I'm trying to make her nurse more by taking her into a quiet room away from the other household distractions. But with only two months to go I really want to finish strong. I've worked so hard for this.

I've been eating oatmeal every morning hoping that will help some but so far it hasn't made that much of a difference. Maybe I am not eating enough of it. So I broke down and bought some tea, specifically Traditional Medicinals Organic Mother's Milk tea. I looked into Motherlove More Milk Plus but according to online reviews it taste gross. They have capsules that might not be so bad. If the tea doesn't work out then I'll see if I can find the capsules. The other thing I looked at was Earth Mama Angel Baby Milkmaid Tea but there isn't a place nearby that sells it and I don't feel like waiting on a delivery. All the nursing teas seem to have basically the same ingredients. I think it is really the fenugreek that makes the difference.

So I will see if this works. I just want to make it one year. After that I don't think I'll be putting this much pressure on myself. We can wean or drop breast milk feeding now significantly and I will be okay with that.

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