BREASTFEEDING CHLOE: TIPS TO INCREASE SUPPLY. During my pregnancy everyone would tell me that labor is nothing compared to breastfeeding. I mean my labor was pretty long and difficult but it only lasted three days. Breastfeeding, well I’ve been trying to get my milk supply to increase for the past four months – it can be physically and mentally draining. I’m not one of those women who just naturally has good supply so its been challenging. I can’t exclusively breastfeed because I don’t produce enough, so I supplement with formula during the day and at night I feed what I pumped during the day. Even though breastfeeding doesn’t come easy for me, I really enjoy it and now, it’s one of my favorite things to do. It’s an indescribable feeling, sort of like mommy and daughter bonding time.
Personally, I wanted to breastfeed because it provides certain nutrients for the baby’s immune system to develop during their first year. Also, because it helps you lose your pregnancy weight faster! I’ve basically tried everything and anything to increase my breast milk supply and I wanted to share with you a couple of things I still do today to keep my supply from decreasing.
It’s important to stay hydrated because breast milk is mainly composed of water. I take two, one liter bottles of water with me to work and leave them right on my desk so I remember to drink and finish them by end of day. Otherwise, I probably wouldn’t drink much water. I’m currently taking Premama Lactation to support my breast milk production – a natural daily supplement that includes the essentials for breast milk production. It has a natural yummy berry flavor and you can mix it into a beverage or smoothie. I just like to take it with water, and one shot it. Premama is going to be available in over 2,300 CVS stores starting this Wednesday, July 15th. Since I work full time, I pump at work. I usually power pump – pumping 5-10 minutes on each nipple and alternating.
And lastly, but most importantly I try to connect with other breastfeeding mothers. Breastfeeding is so challenging and it can be tough, it’s really important to seek support from other women who are going through the same things you are or have gone through similar experiences.