We are a little over 2 weeks post-Leo now and I am finally starting to feel ‘normal’ again. My healing is going really well (after tearing a few times and an episiotomy) I feel a little more focused and am running more on regular energy and love rather than adrenaline. I’ll have to say we still have a TON of company and there is still lots going on in our busy lives … we take possession of our new house on the 31st and there is so much planning to do! … but that’s a whole other subject lol!!!
With that said … I never imagined my days to be so full of meaningful ‘chill time’ but also have no time to spare!! Everything takes SO much longer to do and to get to with a baby in tow (current mamas you are all nodding your heads right now I am SURE)! I am managing to schedule in a few events a day (like grocery shopping, visiting great grandma, getting our passports done etc) and the rest of the time is being eaten up with Leo time!!! As much as I would love to do NOTHING right now, I do go back to Love it or List it Vancouver, early October so getting back on our feet is really important!
With little Leos arrival, juggling the important time we need as a family and keeping busy with the new house AND company … I’ve found that it has left me with not much time to focus on cooking or be in the kitchen … not to mention I haven’t had the appetite that everyone told me I would have. I keep thinking HOW important it is for me to eat well, for my energy levels and health, but as well to keep up my milk supply for Leo.
I will be honest, I haven’t been able to be as strict as I would like to be with my plant based diet recently (but still sticking to local, ‘ethical’ products!) … mainly because Justin is not plant based and he is doing a lot of the cooking, I find it hard to make someone cook vegan if they aren’t. I also think that eating animal products for the last 35 years of my life, when I’m hungry now … I just need to eat. I haven’t had as much time to think of or play around with alternatives like I was. My biggest priority right now is to make sue that I am giving Leo all of the nutrients that he needs and enough to give this mama the energy and health she needs to mom!
What I’ve found works best for me, is starting my days with this nutrient filled, nursing goodness that I like to call “The Boobie Smoothie” that I take with my placenta pills (I will go into more detail about these in another blog this week so STAY TUNED) and 2 of the Honest company lactation pills. If you’re a momma and need a quick lactation fix that’s easy to make and is healthy … try these different options out!!! It gives me peace of mind every morning knowing that I’m providing Leo with enough nutrients to start his day … and mine … (and Justin’s!). Beyond that, I am drinking TONS of water and trying to snack a lot on almonds, eggs, fruit & toast!
Here are 6 tips that I’ve been following to help produce more milk …
- LOTS of water… lots and lots (you won’t make milk if you are dehydrated)
- Mothers Milk Tea (I have this mid afternoon/evening )
- Lactation smoothie in the morning “The Boobie Smoothie” … recipe below
- Keep taking your prenatal and a lactation supplement (I take the honest company lactation pills in the am).
- Hot bath every night (helps with stress, massage boobs in the bath, gets the milk going!)
- Pump about 30 minutes after feeding and at least 1 hour before your next feed (I usually only fit in one or 2 of these a day, mornings are best!)
Boobie Smoothie recipe
1/4 cup of flax
1/4 cup of oats
2 tablespoons of chia seeds
1 frozen banana
1 tbs of raw honey
1 tbs of coconut oil
1 1/2 cups of Almond Milk (or more if you’re smoothie becomes too thick)
1/2 cup of frozen papaya (this is best) or any other frozen fruit of your choice. However, after all of the research that I’ve done, I’ve found that papaya is the only fruit that is really recommended while breast feeding! I’ve used cherries, blueberries, pineapple and peaches which are all not recommended but my milk seems to be fine!)
- Put all ingredients into a high-speed blender and blend until smooth.
- Throw a straw in and drink up
Do you have any other tips to share with me to help produce milk supply??? I would love to hear in the comments below …