I recently started taking pilates and I take my 6 month old daughter with me. One day she got so fussy and I had to stay a bit after my workout session to feed her at my instructors house before I got back into my car. My instructor asked me if I only use breastmilk or if I use formula too. I told her I strictly use breast milk and she told me that she had to supplement with formula for all three of her daughters while she was still in the hospital! Now, I’ve heard about mothers supplementing with formula more often than not, but never that early. And I’m not passing judgement, but it got me thinking…
I need to start writing a blog to share my experiences with other people about information I wish I could have found online — just information that I find to be super helpful.
This blog, as my title says, will be a little bit about everything. Not just a mommy blog, but also tips on health, fitness, the best deals and where to get them, recipes, pregnancy tips, first time mom tips, etc. Any information that I feel could help someone out there.
So back to my very first topic on my very first blog: Increasing your breast milk supply naturally.
Cumin with milk right before bed. The original recipe is (overnight soaked) cumin seeds with the raw cumin spice mixed into warm milk before bed… but I found without the cumin seed and without warming the milk works just fine. Also, I don’t drink milk so any milk should do, I typically use almond or oat milk.
**I still remember telling my mom what I was drinking and she pretty much gagged. She knows how much I dislike the spice cumin… out of all spices it’s one of my least favorite – but anything for my LO.**
I was willing to try anything when my milk supply was getting low.. eating cloves of garlic, drinking red raspberry and mothers milk tea, nursing often, staying on a regular pumping/nursing schedule, drinking plenty of fluids, eating fennel, fenugreek, using a lactation massager, eating everything under the sun that research claims will increase your supply — and nothing worked. I was getting tired of reading the same suggestions, the same advice over and over again on blog after article after study.
My pilates instructor informed me that at the hospital they tried to put her on medication and pills to increase her supply but she had no luck.
Well my dear reader, when I drank the cumin spice mixed with almond milk, I woke up engorged.. I really could not believe it. But nothing like the second day which I compare to the day I delivered. My milk supply was so high, my breasts were back to that porn star size you have when you first give birth and since then (2 months later) my milk production has kept constant.
Whenever I feel it might be getting low, or I can’t pump or nurse when I feel my milk coming in, I just take back a couple swigs of cumin almond milk before bed and sleep at peace knowing I’ll wake up with plenty of milk for my little one. I’m currently pumping 4-5 oz of milk per breast 6 months postpartum.
If you’re having a hard time keeping your supply up, give this a try. I know everyone is different and it may not work for every person.. but either way I’d love to hear about your experience!