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Breastfeeding Help & Tips on Increasing Milk Supply
Breastfeeding is, without question, the best possible way to nourish your child physically and emotionally. At Heavenly Hold, we know that breastfeeding, like any aspect of parenting, certainly poses unique challenges and frustrations.
To support you in your decision to breastfeed, we are thrilled to offer breastfeeding help & tips on increasing milk supply.
A Special Message on Breastfeeding Help from Owner, Amber Stevens
"I was able to breastfeed my daughter for her first year. It was definitely not always easy and we did have some interruptions with my being on medication not compatible with breastfeeding. I always pumped in addition to nursing and had a few issues with supply. I want to support and offer any help I can to breastfeeding mothers."
If you ever need help or encouragement with breastfeeding, please do not hesitate to contact us!
Tips on Increasing Milk Supply
Since Amber has had quite a few mothers share similar problems with low milk supply, she has provided the following helpful tips on increasing your milk supply while breastfeeding.
- Always stay hydrated (nope, a six pack of Diet Coke doesn't count)... water, water, water, and LOTS of it throughout the day.
- The daily recommended amount of 8-10 glasses is a start, but keep in mind that is a recommendation for non-lactating people.
- We have found that a good way to find out how much water you need for breastfeeding is to divide your weight in half, then drink that much in ounces.
- (i.e. 180 lb women would drink approximately 90 ounces or 11 glasses of water a day.)
- Eat old-fashioned oatmeal for breakfasts and snacks... microwave instant doesn't quite do the trick. (See the recipe below.)
- Have skin to skin contact with your baby. Nurse your baby without a bra or top on whenever possible, as this increases oxytocin, the hormone that controls breastmilk production.
- Wear your baby! Even with clothing on, having your baby as close to you as possible also increases oxytocin
- Pump, pump and pump some more!
- Pumping between feedings can tell your body that your baby needs more milk, which will increase your supply.
- Keep it in balance, as pumping constantly throughout the day might actually decrease your supply, because your body will not have enough time to replenish.
- For mothers with babies sleeping 8-12 hours at night, pump at least 2 ounces first thing in the morning, before you nurse. This will relieve engorgement, make nursing easier, and increase your milk supply.
The following recipe for breastfeeding cookie bars is super yummy and super healthy, featuring several ingredients that are known to aid in milk supply.
Mama Jeeper's Oatmeal Lactation Breakfast Bars
2 c. butter, Crisco, or margarine (can mix and match to equal 2 c.)1 c. granulated sugar2 c. packed brown sugar4 eggs1 Tbsp. vanilla extract1 tsp. salt2 tsp. baking soda2 1/2 c. flour1/2 c. wheat germ1/4 c. brewer's yeast (not baking yeast) or nutritional yeast powder1/4 c. flax meal (or whole flaxseed milled fine in a coffee grinder)4 c. oatmeal (old fashioned, or as thick-cut as you can find)1 bag mini semi sweet chocolate chips1 c. nuts (optional)
Cream butter and sugars well, then add eggs and vanilla. Beat until well blended. Mix all dry ingredients (except for oats, chips, and nuts) in separate bowl. Combine the wet and dry ingredients all at once, stirring as well as possible by hand. Mix with beaters until smooth. Add oats and chips (and nuts, if desired), and stir until well blended. Divide dough into five parts.
Line a 10 X 7 cookie sheet (with shallow sides, like a jellyroll pan) with foil. Spray foil with nonstick spray. Spread 1/5 of the dough into the foil-lined pan and bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees.
When done, simply lift out foil to remove the bars. Place another piece of foil into the pan and spray for the next batch. Allow to cool at least slightly before cutting each pan of bars into eighths.
Makes 40 bars