Breastfeeding Ain’t Easy!

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Breastfeeding is hard people! I commend those who make it through a whole year or even longer! I wasn’t able to sadly. I have posted before about milk supply boosters which are great and tasty! I wanted to share my story and journey with breastfeeding. Starting off it was a breeze! I was so lucky because I know so many people have difficulty getting started. Not here it was so easy but then got harder. I feel like if it was reversed maybe I would have lasted longer. I made it breastfeeding just over 3 months. And I am super proud about that!! I have poor circulation and it caused me pain every time a feeding was over L I’m working hard on getting my body more fit eternally, not just looking good on the outside. I am hoping that for baby #2 I will not endure the same pain. Because of this pain I worked my way to being an exclusive pumper. WOOF!

It is so much work to plan times to pump every day for at least 20 minutes and work on keeping up supply and demand from your little one! I truly enjoyed pumping more than breastfeeding only because of the pain but honestly I got lazy on keeping my pump schedule. Mommas who work and pump I bow at your feet!!! You must be wonder woman!! Anyways I was good for a while and was building a small freezer stash but nothing to be super excited about because those got used when I had to have a baby sitter! I just couldn’t get ahead of the game. Around 3.5 or 4 months my supply was pathetic!! I’m talking 3 pumping sessions just to get 2-  5oz bottles! Needless to say I kinda gave up. No swelling or engorgement because my supply was sad. I didn’t give up without a fight tho! Check out my water logged post. I made myself sick trying to get my body to produce more. I even tried to breastfeed again but my boobs said no and that is when I moved on to formula.

Now I am not ashamed of this and those people who shame moms who used formula should get a swift kick in the rear. Sometimes it just isn’t the mommas fault. And the important thing is the baby is getting fed! I do believe in giving breast feeding or pumping a fair chance but if you can’t or it doesn’t work then you shouldn’t feel bad! I did for a bit but came to my senses when I knew I did what I could and my baby was still healthy!!

 

Leave me comments guys!!

 

Xoxo Erin

Water Logged

Alright guys so I have a little bit of a different story for y’all today. I actually made myself sick with water. You heard me right, water. I have always craved water, and no I am not dehydrated, I just really love the taste of plain water. I know it’s weird but oh well. So after I had my son I was trying to drink lots and lots of water so that I could keep my milk supply up. I knew from reading and common sense that water = milk. I ate all the foods that were supposed to help and I drank tons of water. So much water that I began to get really bad headaches and my joints were hurting terribly bad.
I actually gave myself water poisoning!!!! How does one do that?? I was literally drinking over 200 ounces of water a day! That is not an exaggeration. And the regular standard is 8 cups or about half of your body weight in ounces. I was consuming way over what I was supposed to be and I paid for it. It was the worst feeling, especially the headaches which I never get!
Needless to say I got rid of my giant water jug I was drinking from and switched to a smaller bottle. I also track my water consumption on my fitbit app. I know it sounds crazy for someone to go through the trouble of tracking water but I want to drink enough but never want to go overboard again!!
xoxo Erin

Milk Supply Booster Tips

If you have decided to breastfeed then you may encounter the dreaded dip in milk supply like I did. These are my tried and true milk booster tips that helped me through that low. Some people are blessed with the overflow of milk and can stock freezers. I was not that lucky. I made just enough to keep my little going but I had a couple issues and decided pumping was the best option for me. So here are the tips that helped me raise my supply while I was pumping/breastfeeding.

  • Boobie Cookies- There are tons of recipes on pinterest to check out. You can check mine out, I have pinned tons of them. Also you can check out my personal cookie recipe that I have posted under tasty bites here on my blog! They are delicious, I still make them now even tho I stopped pumping because they have lots of protein.
  • Organic Mother’s Milk Tea– This tea really works! I love it and drank so much of it! Some people ( like my husband ) say it tastes bitter, I don’t agree at all. I don’t think it has much of a taste at all.
  • Brewer’s Yeast– This is the main milk boosting ingredient in those cookies I told you about earlier! You can easily add it to other recipes like smoothies as well! It tastes awful but it really works so make sure you add lots of other flavors!
  • Pump, pump, pump! Make sure you are pumping on schedule with babies feeding schedule. You have to make sure your boobs think baby is needing to eat so they continue to produce.

I hope this helps someone like it did me! Enjoy!!

xoxo Erin

Milk Boosting Cookies

Every now and again you need a boost, and these will help you with just that. Whether you need a little sweet treat, protein bite, a milk supply boost, or all 3 these have got that!

I got this recipe from my sister in law and made some tweaks to it for myself.

Boobie Cookies:

In one bowl beat together:

  • 1c butter
  • 1c sugar
  • 1c brown sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 eggs

Let 4tbs water and 2tbs ground flax seed sit together for 5 minutes.

In another bowl mix together:

  • 2c flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2-3 tsp cinnamon
  • 4tbs brewers yeast

Combine all of the above

then mix in:

  • 3c oats
  • 2c dark chocolate chips
  • 3tbs peanut butter

bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes

These are so good! Hope you enjoy! Let me know if you would like me to send you a PDF of the recipe (:

 

xoxo Erin