When I first had Annie my goal was to breastfeed her for at least 9 months to one year depending on my supply (check out my very first breastfeeding update here, which I shared shortly after we had Annie)! Well, if you follow along with me on social media you’ll know that Mother’s Day of this year was my last day breastfeeding her, while I didn’t make it to my minimum goal of 9 months, we were just shy hitting the 8-month mark.
It was difficult to make the decision to stop breastfeeding Annie as I LOVED being able to provide my own milk for her and have those precious moments to bond. But, unfortunately, my supply (or lack thereof!) didn’t make it easy on me to reach my goal! Even when I was breastfeeding Leo, I had issues with my supply. I tried EVERYTHING to get the breast milk flowin’ but with my hectic schedule and running off of fumes my supply was also running on empty!
With both Annie and Leo I noticed a drop in supply as soon as I went back to work! Shortly after that, I made a visit to my Doctor and that’s when she provided me with a prescription for Domperidone.
While the Domperidone certainly helped with my milk supply it wasn’t always easy to remember to take it! Sometimes I would forget it at home or forget to take it in general (you have to take it every THREE hours!). So, depending on how regularly I would take it would impact my supply. I fact, my supply was always a rollercoaster … it would peak and then it would crash and then the inconsistency would stress me out resulting in even LESS of a supply.
In addition to taking Domperidone, I made sure to incorporate as many things that would naturally boost my supply, such as the following:
How I Kept My Supply Up
- LOTS of water
- High-fat diet (such as avocado, high grain bread, nuts and seeds and lots of nut spreads (cashews for the win!), coconut milk, lentils, peas, peanut butter, and olive oil)
- Lots of grains (such as oatmeal, flax, quinoa)
- Happy Planet Coconut Pineapple Smoothie (this is one of my faves and Leo starts his day with it EVERYDAY, so high in fat with the coconut milk!)
- Fenugreek Supplements
- Calcium Supplements
While it was difficult for me to come to terms with the end of breastfeeding Annie, I was so proud of myself for being able to stick it out for a solid 8-months as I know that some mamas don’t even have the opportunity to make it that far. I was grateful and happy that I was able to nourish her for as long as I could.
It’s been two months since I stopped breastfeeding Annie and since then we’ve started her on Earth’s Best Soy formula which she LOVED but they’re no longer making it so we’ve switched to Nestle Good Start Alsoy formula and she seems to be enjoying this one as well! For those that may ask, both of these formulas are soy based … we DID try Annie on a milk-based formula to begin with but it seemed to make her so gassy so we swapped formulas right away.
When Leo was just a little babe we had him on milk-based formula and he loved it … in fact, he still drinks milk here and there but since we have transitioned to a heavier plant-based diet we won’t be getting Annie started on milk and dairy products because by the time she is off of formula Leo will be weaned off of cow’s milk.
I think we put so much pressure on ourselves when it comes to breastfeeding, but we should make sure to remember that no matter how long you’re able to breastfeed for, whether it be 1-2 years or not at all, we are always doing what we can and what our body allows us to do. Either way, as mamas we’re giving our babies the best nourishment we can, just do what’s best for you and your heart and soul!
If you’d like to check out my previous breastfeeding blogs and fave tips, tricks, and most-loved breast pumps, check out my previous post, here! Also, here is a blog I posted shortly after having Leo which might also provide you with some valuable insight.
Stay tuned next week as I plan on sharing Annie’s NEW journey with solids and what she is LOVING!