I wish this post could be read while “Pump Up The Jam” was playing. Maybe youtube it real quick and return to reading this? An idea.
So, you wanna pump up your boobs? You need those breasties to overflow like the are channeling Niagara Falls? I get it. I wrote this after breastfeeding Joe for over a year and now that my boobs are about to be on full-time duty again, I figured it was time for me to reread this post.
When I started breastfeeding, I had pre-made lactation cookies and was ready with my Mother’s Milk tea. If my boobs weren’t going to cooperate, I was going to convince them that nursing was cool. And before I give you all my insider tips and tricks to increasing your milk makers, I want to impress upon you the best thing you can do is to nurse often. Nurse likes it’s your job because, well, it probably has become one.
1. Drink All The Water
Milk is liquid. Water is liquid. You need liquid to make milk. Don’t drink lots of milk thinking you will make more milk. That sounds logical, but it’s not. Drink water all day and night. Keep water bottles all over the place. Your house should be riddled with them. It should look like the home in the movie “Signs” where the little girl sets water glasses all over the house and it ends up saving them all. Water will save your nursing experience. It is the first necessity to making lots of milk.
2. Lactation Cookies
Do I really need to convince you to eat cookies? If I do, I’m not sure you’re in the right place. Lactation cookies are an easy way to get brewer’s yeast and flaxseed in your body and to your boobs. They also taste like cookies, so it’s a win, win.
I would wake up in the middle of the night to feed Joe. When he was finished, I would come out to the kitchen to get a water (see above) and end up eating cookies at 4 am. Pat would wonder where they went in the morning and I would sheepishly suggest we may have a mouse problem. They became what I mainly ate. High five to those multi-vitamins for taking care of the rest of my diet!
3. Mother’s Milk Tea
Could the name be more offputting? Mother’s Milk Tea is not made from breastmilk. It is made from fenugreek and fennel. It tastes like
shit black licorice. It is something that has to build up in your body before it starts its magic, so you won’t see results instantly. I drank a cup 2-3 times a day in the beginning. How? Well, I let it cool. Then, I would channel the party girl in me and take it like a shot of tequila. It was the only way I could stomach the tea or tequila for that matter.
You burn an average of 500 extra calories by exclusively breastfeeding. That’s like a decent sized cheeseburger. I’m not saying eat an extra cheeseburger everyday, but I am telling you to eat when you are hungry. I was ravenous at the beginning of breastfeeding. I ate more than Pat did and I still do. I think I scare him a little with how much food I’m putting down my gullet.
Lol. Ya, right. If you do somehow get a chance to nap, TAKE IT. Rest is so, so good for you and your boobies. I totally understand it is hard to come by as a new mom or just as a mom in general. If a sleep opportunity does appear, run at it like it could save your life because it will feel like it did.
6. Coconut Oil
I used coconut oil on my boobs instead of lanolin. It smells good and it tastes good. Joe wouldn’t shrug away from it like he did when I used lanolin. Plus, when I was absolutely sure he wasn’t getting any milk (but really was), I would pray the calories from the coconut oil would somehow make him less hungry.
I eat oatmeal every morning now. I love it. Joe loves it. Boobs love it. Oatmeal is awesome for making milk. Eat oatmeal, but don’t eat instant oatmeal. It won’t have the same effect. Old fashioned oats or steel cut oatmeal are the two you need to be eating. Throw some chocolate chips in there, maybe some peanut butter. Go crazy with that oatmeal, momma!
Yay, alcohol! What a relief that there is some fun involved in this numbered list. I am a beer loving girl and being that beer drinking girl is finally panning out for me. Now, I am not encouraging going on a bar crawl in hopes that your boobs will overflow with dairy product, but I am suggesting a stout or two to get the juices flowing. Beer would make my breasties flow with milk and honey. If I stick to beers that are actually made from oatmeal, those brews worked best for producing more milk. Beer stimulates prolactin in the body and that makes things get to work faster.
While I am all for encouraging that above bar crawl, drinking too much will have a reverse effect on your milk supply and is dangerous for your baby. Hopefully, you already know you shouldn’t be drinking to excess while feeding baby, but if not, don’t do that.
This might seem like a lot of work, but it became part of my daily routine. Also know that once your supply is established, you shouldn’t have to do any of these things besides drink water. Once my milk was established, I would only do any number of these when I felt like I needed to up my supply.
Any other expert tips out there?