Milk Supply Support

I am still nursing my baby. He’s over one now and I’d love to nurse him until two or a little longer if he wants to. But, when I started the 21 Day Fix and portioning my food (and cutting back on fats), it seemed my milk supply dropped some. Because he is over one and eating food,  and I really am ready to lose the rest of this weight, I decided to keep with the portion containers and just do some things to naturally help support my milk supply.

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Besides putting a teaspoon of coconut oil in my morning Shakeology, I’ve been doing two things that have really helped my supply a ton! And I notice the increase almost immediately.

Drinking Mother’s Milk Tea

I get this organic Mother’s Milk Tea from my local Wal-Mart and it definitely works! I brew a bag of the MMT and a Chai blend together, with just a little bit of honey. I drink this mid-afternoon. It’s a good reminder to sit for a minute, read a few pages in a book and just relax. Sometimes it’s the only quiet time I have in a day!

Apply 2-4 drops of Fennel Oil

I’ve known for a long time that Fennel helps with milk supply (it’s also in the MMT), but because I had such a large supply early on with Caleb, I never needed to use it. Every morning after my shower, and also right before bed, part of my oily routine now is to apply 2-4 drops of Fennel oil on my chest. If I don’t feel like my supply is very low, I just do one drop for each side, applied topically. But if Caleb’s nursed longer or acted hungry after nursing, I’d apply 2 drops each side and definitely notice an increase quickly.

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Both of these things are inexpensive and so easy to do, just to give my supply a little help. Have you had to do anything to increase your supply? What have you done?

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane
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Dear New Nursing Mom

Dear New Nursing Mom,

Yes, I know it hurts. I hope someone warned you that it would. No one told me that I would be so sore, cracked and bleeding. I had read somewhere that it “shouldn’t hurt if latched correctly”, and let me tell you- that’s a lie. I called my mom in the middle of the night to help me, because it hurt so bad. And he had a perfect latch.

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But you know what? It’s worth it. And it does get better and heal. I promise. My mom kept telling me that over and over when I complained or it was hurting. Sometimes it takes two or three weeks. Or like me, it can take five or six weeks to feel better and heal. But it will, I promise.

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Stick with it if you can. It’s so worth it for you and your baby. You’ll enjoy the sweet time you have just cuddling and talking with your sweet babe. Them looking into your eyes and smiling at you makes you wish time would stand still…even for a minute. I’ve been told I’m going to blink, and he’ll be grown, so I am savoring every minute, every detail of this time right now.

Remember, this is only for a time. A very short season of life. Enjoy the beauty and struggles of each new day with your newborn. ❤

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane
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Surviving the First Month Postpartum

And just like that, Caleb is a month old.  Sometimes it feels like he was just born, and sometimes it feels like we’ve had him forever. Crazy, huh?

Having a newborn is amazing. It’s really, really hard, but amazing. I am so thankful the Lord chose us to be parents before we ever thought we would.

There were quite a few things I did every day to help keep my sanity during the first month after Caleb was born. Most days I did it by myself, and no one was around to help me. But sometimes my mom, mother in law, or grandma were around to give me time to myself, and for that, I am very grateful! My grandmother warned me about Postpartum Depression (or Baby Blues, as she calls them), and since I’ve had a history of anxiety problems, I really didn’t want to get PPD. (I wasn’t worried, but I believe doing these “normal” things helped keep my sanity!)

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#1- Shower every day! No, seriously. I’m not kidding. All these people warned me that I would go days, even weeks, without showering. I know they were kidding, kind of, but I was determined not to do that. Something about getting clean just makes you feel better about yourself and more person-like. Yes, I even showered the day Caleb was born.

#2- Change out of your pajamas. Even if it’s into yoga pants or lounge pants, get out of the clothes you slept in. It’ll make you feel better, I promise.

#3- Stretch & lightly exercise. I started this after about three days PP. Just start with light stretches, then add walking, or easy floor exercises to help those muscles go back into place.

#4- Chose one chore (or two) to get done. Okay, so I’m a neat freak. I h-a-t-e seeing my house dirty and a mess. By the third week PP I was keeping the house like normal, but the first two weeks I just focused on one or two things to get done the whole day. Like, wash the dishes or sweep the floor.

#5- Eat & drink lots. Seriously, eat tons of healthy food. That’s why I love the Trim Healthy Mama lifestyle, because if I felt like I needed carbs, I ate healthy carbs, and if I needed both fats and carbs, I did that too! But really, you need to eat and DRINK lots to keep your body healthy and your milk supply up.

#6- Rest. Don’t overdo it. I have a problem with that. Because Postpartum Depression is a very real thing, and I didn’t want to get it, I didn’t rest unless I felt like I needed it. Making me be in bed/on the couch for 6 weeks resting would have sent me straight into a bad case of PPD. Just saying. Definitely rest, but only when you need it.

#7- Get outside (if the weather’s nice). With the baby or without the baby. Doesn’t matter. Although, the sun would do Baby good, too. Some days we both spent time outside, and sometimes I just sat on the back porch during nap time, enjoying the quiet.

#8- Play music. I love music, so during Caleb’s “awake and happy” times, we listened to hymns the whole time. I sang along, and he enjoyed the music and me being silly (although, that probably won’t last long! Ha).

#9- Use Young Living Oils. Seriously. They are so versatile! And perfectly safe for my little one’s skin. We loved using them for all kinds of normal PP & newborn issues, and diffusing them for uplifting spirits. So thankful for them!

What would you add to the list? What helped you through the first month Postpartum?

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane
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