Post # 1
What foods have you personally found to be beneficial to increasing lactation?
I know many of you sware by oatmeal. I’ve also heard that asparagus and fennel are supposed to help increase your supply, among a few others, but was wondering if anyone actually found these foods helpful?
I had been taking fenugreek but just recently found out that it is related to peanuts and the protein found in them. As some of you know, DS has been diagnosed with food allergies and I have been instructed to avoid the most common food allergens (milk, soy, wheat/gluten, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, fish and shelfish) and therefore I can no longer take fenugreek. I wanted to avoid herds for a little while and was hoping to find some foods that I’m still able to eat that will help with my supply and just keep rotating them throughout my diet. I also realize that frequent feedings and pumpings will also keep my supply going so I will be doing that as well.
Post # 3
I’ve been back to work and baby was sick so it’s been stressful to say the least. So milk slowed down horribly this past week. Baby has been feeding like crazy at night and I stepped up the OATMEAL (two of those apple cinnamon packets with boiled milk) every morning. The milk decrease started sometime last week and I was really scared on Wednesday when it lasted so long… but it’s back up now. I started taking the Fenugreek (2 pills) and OATMEAL since Sunday.
Post # 4
@808bride: Do you know if oatmeal is gluten-free? I’ve read so many mixed reviews on this. I can you can get oatmeal that is marketed as gluten-free, but I’ve also read that it is naturally gluten-free. Anything with the label gluten-free on it I’ve noticed costs about $5 and up! Marketing
Post # 5
I’m not a mother but I’ve read several breastfeeding books part of NFP. Could you co-sleep with a side-car? I read that your supply could be increased just from non-nutritive/comfort nursing and co-sleeping offers this more readily. I’ve also read stuff about lactation cookies but I’m not sure what’s in them other than oatmeal so they may not be allergen free friendly.
EDIT: Check out the Seven Standards of Ecological Breastfeeding. They are quite demanding on women who work outside the home, but it may give you some ideas on how to increase your supply.
Post # 6
@pansyshell: You can buy Girlfriend oatmeal. My oatmeal says it’s gluten free but I would check the label.
Post # 7
@beekiss: Thanks for the book recommondation. DS does sleep with me half the night and I’m nearly always with him. I’ll have to check out the Girlfriend oatmeal again. I wasn’t 100% sure if it was considered Girlfriend on it’s own or not. One thing I read said it is naturally Girlfriend, but because oats are grown in the same fields that previously had wheat and other grains and harvested on equipement used for wheat that it could be cross contaminated. The Girlfriend is used in oatmeal dedicated fields and equipement, or at least that was my understanding.
Post # 8
@pansyshell: I’m not sure about the Girlfriend. Also, I increased pumping. I wasn’t pumping for a few days, I would squeeze in an extra pump. Sometimes it would just depress me b/c it was such a small amount. 🙁
@beekiss: Yes, I heard, skin to skin and just rubbing your baby’s back, hair etc as you are feeding them can help increase milk. 🙂 So I try really hard to focus on relaxing, enjoying her and the moment. Even if it is 3:30AM for the 5th time at night. (ok…not so much, then…but I was desperate enough to give it a go!)
Post # 9
@808bride: I know what you mean! I’ve been getting a good 4-8oz (average 6oz) per pumping session and I know that is going to drop. I think I’ll be a little frustrated at first. Without the fenugreek I was averaging 4-5oz per session, so I didn’t really need to be taking it, but I wanted to as a precaution with my dietary restrictions. And the 3am feeding is a killer! DS has been waking up at about 3:45 am and wants fed. It’s about that time that I pass out while feeding him and he becaomes a co-sleeping baby. Opps, but at least we are bonding 🙂
Post # 10
@pansyshell: I’ve about the same regular output and then i dropped to 3 one day and freaked. Hahaa…. bonding is good. 🙂
Post # 11
I made lactation cookies:
1 C butter
1 C sugar
1 C brown sugar
4 T water
2 T flaxseed meal (no subs)
2 Lg eggs
1 t vanilla
2 C flour
1 t baking soda
1 t salt
3 C Thick cut oats
1 C Chocolate chips
2 T Brewers Yeast (no substitutions)
Preheat oven at 375.
Mix 2 T of flaxseed meal and water, set aside 3-5 minutes.
Cream butter and sugar.
Stir flaxseed mix into butter mix and add vanilla.
Beat until well blended.
Sift: dry ingredients, except oats and choc chips.
Add butter mix to dry ing.
Stir in the oats and then the choc chips.
Drop on parchmant paper on baking sheet.
Bake 8-12 minutes.
Rolled NON-instant oatmeal is supposed to be much better,, so the cookies work really well. I make changes to this recipe, and add 1/2 cup peanut butter (another booster)
I usually replace the chocolate chips with other candies, its really just there to sweeten them
Eat 4/day (I would eat more… they are yummy)
Post # 12
Also, if you little one sleeps more than 3 hours, or you can go for at lest 3 hours without nursing, a DARK beer helps. My Dr is a naturalpath, and had me make the cookies because I HATE beer. Brewers Yeast can be found in health supplement stores.
Post # 13
I was going to say Guiness…
I also wanted to remind you that MSPI isn’t an allergy, but rather an intolerance and one that your little guy is likely to grow out of. Now we’re only dealing with a nut allergy (which was diagnosed after she developed hives when I was eating cashews around her).
Post # 14
@weeonebride: Thanks for the cookie recipe. I’ll have to see what I can supstitute and see if they work
@Mrs. DG: I’m not sure if I could stomach the beer! We aren’t big drinkers in the house. Thanks for the reminder, but our pediatric gastroenterologist is not entirely sure it is MSPI and thinks we might actually be dealing with some food allergies :(. He didn’t want to send him to the allergist just yet because of his age, so I have to play the quessing game a little while longer. I just sent some Bridesmaid or Best Man samples in and we go back the end of August so hopefully things look better or we will find out more. Thanks again for all your help with this!