So my breastfeeding experience did not start out so great. Unfortunately, I had a horrible postpartum nurse. I was producing colostrum for the first two days. This was day one and she kept insisting to bring him a bottle of formula. Do you know how frustrating that is for a first time mom? I was trying to get a hang of breastfeeding while a nurse was trying to stick a bottle down my baby’s throat. It was unfortunate but true. Babies eat very little the first few days since their tummies are so small. As women we need to be confident in our capabilities. Our bodies are built a certain way to provide for our baby and the pressure of society sometimes trick our minds into thinking we can’t provide. I sent that nurse out the door. There was no way that my baby was going to have formula. I wanted to breastfeed. She kept putting pressure on me to produce more milk. Breastfeeding has an emotional component. If you are stressed about your milk production or anything else, your production will drop.
When I went back to school my milk fluctuated. I was stressed not only from school work but also because I was away from my baby all day. I was determined to keep breastfeeding and keep my milk supply up. One of my friend’s brought me some of the milk tea packets and it worked like a charm. I drank the tea about twice a day. It’s not the most tasty tea I’ve had, but I wasn’t drinking it for me but for my baby.
Having a breastfeeding support system is essential. We went to a lactation specialist for help the next day. My friends and family were supportive of it and kept me going. I remember my one friend that brought me the milk tea packets how she encouraged me to keep going. She had a good strategy. She told me to get through the first three months and then see how I felt. Little did I know after three months I would get a hang of it and it would be so much easier. Then after the three months I just thought about pushing through another three months. At six months its so much easier when you can start incorporating food. I made it through a year that way and I actually now miss it. I am thankful to her for giving me that push. I am thankful to my mom who encouraged me to breastfeed but never put that pressure on me if I couldn’t follow through. You need a supportive system postpartum especially if you’re going to breastfeed.
I highly recommend lactation tea. Earth’s Mama Milkmaid tea really worked for me. It contains Fenugreek which is an herb that stimulates an increase in breast milk production. Do not drink a lot of the tea because Fenugreek may also cause gassiness or bloating in your baby. Here’s a link if you would like to find out more about Fenugreek and how it might affect your baby: click here
The tea worked well for me as well as this homemade recipe:
I call it “SF FOG”
1/2 cup of decaf early grey tea
1/2 cup of milk (I like to use vanilla almond milk)
*if using regular milk add 2 teaspoons of honey or sugar
mix it together and drink up!
enjoy a light snack with the tea: 2 handfuls of raw almonds
keep hydrated and munch on healthy snacks throughout the day! Drink more than 8 cups of water per day.
by Kseniya Gershberg