It's getting harder and harder to post as consistently on here now that I'm working part-time again and teaching spin. I'm trying my best though!
Luckily, I only go into work twice a week for 3 hours each time, and the rest I work from home! Jordan is able to watch Piper during those 3 hours, which I love because they get to spend time with each other, but since he doesn't have le boobs, I have to make sure he has enough pumped milk to feed her. She's suddenly going through a crazy growth spurt and wants to eat allllllll the time (I swear it's all I do these days), so making extra milk to pump on top of that has been challenging, and also stressful!
While there is absolutely nothing wrong with using formula, I really, really want to only have her drink my breast milk if possible. I've been lucky enough to have a good milk supply from the get go, but now I feel like I only have just enough to feed this forever-hungry babe. Pumping excess milk to leave with Jordan has added a lot of stress to my life, so I've been working on eating and drinking a lot more, pumping/feeding as much as possible, and eating foods that boost milk supply - and it's been a HUUUUUGE help!!!
I truly feel like I'm eating all day long. Breastfeeding in general makes you hungrier because you're body is doing more...so that combined with working out and teaching, feeding a little extra because she's apparently hungry 24/7, and pumping even extra for Jordan while I'm gone...I can't put food in my mouth fast enough! The hanger is so real over here!
For those maybe in this same situation as me, or for those who just don't product a lot of milk (this is super common), here are some GOOD foods to help with boosting that supply!
Flax, sunflower, and chia seeds
Healthy oils (avocado, olive, coconut, etc.)
It can be overwhelming AF to get in all these foods, and to eat all the time (ha as awesome as it sounds...it gets really overwhelming), so I try to include as many ingredients as I can in the foods I eat. Here are some of my go-to recipes right now, and also some bars that include multiple ingredients to bump milk production, and that I've found to be incredibly helpful (and effective).
- Almond Joy Cookie Dough Protein Balls
- Protein Balls
- Green Smoothies
- Oat Mama Bars (these are specifically designed to boost milk supply)
- Oat Mama granola (I top this on top of my green smoothies for extra miiiiiilk)
- Oatmeal topped with flaxseed, chia seed, coconut, & peanut butter
- G2G Bars (you can always get 20% off with 'theswole')
- Peanut Butter Banana Muffins
- Perfect Bars (I recently tried these and they are AWESOME!!!)
- Square Organics Bars (20% off with 'goodfortheswole')