Quite a number of people have asked me how I manage to keep my milk flow going, since I’ve managed to successfully breastfeed Alisha until today. Believe me my Doodlers, it’s not easy!!
There were times when my milk production was so low that I was at hope’s end, worried sick about how I was going to pack her milk for her day at nursery the very next day. You see, I don’t have any back up stock of milk, I’ve run out. So currently I’m going on a day to day basis. Every day I will need to pump at least 12 ounces of milk to pack for Alisha’s day at the nursery. So far, Alhamdulillah, I’ve managed to do that.
Seriously though, the other day, it was as if my boobies merajuk or something. They down right refused to produce milk. I nearly had a breakdown. I went out and bought a can of Enfalac as back up JUST IN CASE there wasn’t enough milk for the little one. Alhamdulillah, I managed to pull through and the can of formula milk remains unopened.
I don’t really have tips on how to keep your milk flow going, since I myself am struggling. I will, however, share tips that I’ve heard and tried and I’ll note which ones I felt worked for me. It all depends on your body so give them a try and Insya Allah, we’ll manage to give the best for our little ones 🙂
Direct feeding, anytime, everytime
Nothing beats this, but what to do.. we have to work.. kan?
Pump at least every three hours
Ok, this is by far the best when it comes to helping you keep your milk flow going. Your body would detect that you need milk thus it will continue to produce, same goes if you don’t pump, it will think that you don’t need as much milk, hence stop producing. I guess that was what happened to me, I had to go out for work several days, and only had the chance to pump late in the afternoon (dari pagi ok!), so my body thought that I didn’t need the milk. Unfortunately for us working moms, our bosses would totally freak out if we disappear every three hours for some booby time.
Eat the following:
- Tempe (goreng, rebus, masak dengan sayur etc) – tried this, definitely worked, but I ate too much too long now the sight of tempe makes me sick
- Lobak putih (soup)
- Fenugreek – they have this fenugreek tea thingywhich works for a lot of people. I’m allergic to it, break out in rashes and get bad headache
- Milk and cheese
- Ulam pegaga – this worked for me but my baby got a bad case of gas and wind
- Bubur kacang hijau – two thumbs up from me!!!
I think that’s about all I can share, hope it helps!