Thursday, August 12, 2010

Breast is Best

Ryan has a new fascination with his hands. He's been sucking on them for weeks now, but all of a sudden he prefers them over breastfeeding! He'll be in the middle of nursing and then sneak his hands in his mouth. It's quite frustrating for me. I have to continually take his fingers out of his mouth and re-attach him to me. We fight back and forth like this the whole time.

I've been taking 9 Fenugreek pills every day in hopes of increasing my milk supply. The verdict? I smell like maple syrup. (a common side effect). Unfortunately I don't think it has done much for my supply. I'm still supplementing Ryan with formula after each feeding, and thanks to that he now weighs 12 lbs, 7 oz! He's gaining 1 oz per day on average which is fantastic. But I really wish he could be gaining like this by exclusively drinking breastmilk.

Does anyone have any other tips for increasing my supply? I've heard oatmeal helps so I'm eating that for breakfast every day now. I know pumping is also supposed to help, and I've tried it. But it takes me an entire day to get 1 oz of breastmilk out. Talk about frustrating! Any other ideas? I really want to stick with this breastfeeding thing!


  1. The other thing I hear is d rink lots and lots of water. HTH!

  2. I've hard that drinking a beer everyday helps... Ask your doctor.

  3. Mother's Milk tea--- it has fenugreek and milk thistle, and others.
    I took fenugreek too, and it didn't work for me, either.... BUT the tea DID.

    Natural food section of the grocery store, or any natural food store should have it. I swore by it, and because of it was able to pump for a ful l school year with my older son.