Currently on my 15th (3 months++) week of breastfeeding and I feel like my supply is dwindling. It’s not how it used to. The morning breast engorgement is gone. So is the 8oz in an hour pumped milk. The question that I keep asking is … What happened?!
And so I researched and found out that the 3rd month of breastfeeding is usually a phase wherein the milk supply somehow subsides. Why? Because the feeding pattern has been established and mothers have become complacent that their supply is supple thus a decrease in milk booster foods intake. Also, since the feeding pattern has been established, mothers have become more open to leaving their child to do errands or go back to work. So the direct latch practice lessens, sending a wrong message in the supply = demand cycle of the breasts.
I plan to breastfeed my baby for a year the least. And so it really bothers me and had me very worried when It took me hours just to fill a 4oz bottle when before, I can do it in 30 minutes. I have nothing against formula but… they’re really expensive!
The solution? Consume these milk booster goodies:
- Hot beverages – currently I am drinking Malunggay tea, also hot Milo. But I’ve read in a breastfeeding forum that Ovaltine works better than Milo. Not sure why though🤔
- Soup with green leafy vegetables
- Natalac or any other malunggay supplements twice a day
- Lactation treats – I ordered Oatmeal raisin cookies with Sunflower seeds… Yummy!
- Taho – I eat Php 20.00 worth everyday
- Buko juice
- Oatmeal rolled oats – I found this to be very effective!
- M2 malunggay concentrated tea
- And the simplest and most effective of them all — drink plenty of water.
Fast forward to 18th week (4 months++) my breastmilk is now back to normal. Yehey! It was nice seeing my milk collection grow again. It gives me security that I have enough milk to feed my baby anytime, anywhere he demands. And for my husband’s… a security of not needing to buy expensive formulas.😑
*** I am just one lucky mommy to be able to breastfeed my son, and please never think that I am against formula. Its just that I am very thankful that I do not have to buy them… yet.
There are many groups and forums, especially in facebook that one can join to share their problems and thoughts. You’ll be surprise how many women are on the same boat as you and they are more than eager to share and discuss solutions with you.
Continue giving what’s best for your child, either breastmilk or formula as long as he is never hungry, then that is more than enough and you are a good mother no matter what!
Anyway, this post is to share my recent bump in the road on my breastfeeding journey. All breastfeeding moms go thru this phase and its just a matter of going back to the basics. To feed on good stuff and have a positive outlook that your milk supply is enough for your child.
Enjoying my baby Seb,