This is my third time on a breastfeeding journey and just like before, it has never been easy. I have this love-hate relationship with breastfeeding. The initial stages of ensuring a smooth and adequate milk flow is always a pain. On the other hand, breastfeeding is one of the most intimate experience you will share your newborn. More often than not, I feel overwhelmed with love and joy when the baby is being latched on.
Baby Megan is almost 4 weeks old as of now. Unfortunately, she is not on total breastfeeding and I supplement about 2 of her feeds(1.5 oz each time) per day. Even though E is a strong advocate of breastfeeding, he is much lesser of a Nazi than he was before. My breastfeeding journey when I had Ryan started off being very tense for me as E refused allow Ryan to be supplemented with formula milk. Throw in the lack of sleep as well as the stress of being a first time mother, I felt that I was sinking into post-natal depression. Things got better over time and managing expectations. Eventually, E and I came to a consensus that sleep was the priority.
With better rest and better sanity, milk flow will increase over time. At least that is the case for me. I need to feel relaxed and well-rested when I am breastfeeding. I don’t think there is one size fit all solution for mothers who intend to breastfeed but we think we all need to know our bodies. In the case of Ryan and Gillian, I started off mixed feeding but my milk supply did increase to allow total breastfeeding eventually. I can see this happening for Baby Megan as well as her formula milk feeds is getting lesser and lesser.
Mummamia Confinement sent some packets of Nursing Herbal Soup and I have been taking it faithfully for the past 10 days. It contains ingredients such as semen vaccariae segetalis, red sage, achyranthes bidentata blume, semen plantaginis and taxillus chinensis. This combination is indicated to promote better milk supply, reduce engorgement pain and reduce the risk of breast-related inflammation.
It is very easy to prepare, just like the pre-packed soup packets from Mummamia Confinement. You need to blanch the meat(in my case, pork or chicken) using hot water. Put the herbs into 1 litre of boiling water, along with the meat. Bring to boil and then slow cook for 1.5 hours. I added DOM to enhance the taste. Taste wise, the soup is quite clear and tinge of bitterness. To sweeten the soup, you can add more meat and boil longer.
As a nursing mother, the more consumption of liquid, be it in the form of soups or drinks, the better for milk supply. While I was taking the nursing herbal soup for the past 10 days, I noticed that my milk supply have increased as seen as how she rarely cries for bottled milk. She appears to be sated after latching. However, it could be due to a combination of many factors such as drinking of more soups, my intake of fenugreek pills as well as the constant latching of Baby Megan.
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Disclaimer: The Mummamia Nursing Herbal Soup is given to me for review purposes.