Supply. All nursing mothers know this word too well. For some women it comes with ease and they never have to think twice about making enough milk for their baby. Others keep a decent amount but it is sometimes a struggle. The worst is when you have to fight and be conscience of everything that you eat and drink in order to keep up the supply.
This is my third nursing baby and I currently fall into the latter category. I feel that nursing is the most important thing I can currently do for my infant and a low supply unfortunately causes more stress.
Being an army wife often leads to stressful situations and months or years of separation. Last November my husband was gone for the month and the crap was hitting the fan. As it always seems to do when he is out of town and away for work.
The added stress was really hitting my supply hard and one day I could barely pump 1 oz. I got really worried because Gabriel, my youngest, is a premature baby and I want him to have breast milk for as long as possible.
I started going the the motions and doing everything under the sun to get my milk back ie. power pumping, milk tea, skin to skin, increasing calories etc. I read that if you take a warm shower or bath with your baby then it will encourage a let down. So I tied it.
We got into the shower and I held him to my chest to encourage skin to skin contact and within five minutes I felt the biggest let down that I had in days!! It was amazing. Have you ever noticed that that when you are in the shower, you start letting down?
Well that’s because the heat relaxes the blood vessels in your breast and help open on the milk ducts. That with the skin to skin sends a signal to your body telling it to make more milk.
Now Gabriel and I take a shower together at least once a week. It is peaceful, calming, and makes for the perfect bonding time. So, the next time that you need a boost or just want to maintain your milk, hop in the shower or take a bath with your little one for some much needed R&R. What are your milk supply tips? Share with me in the comments below.