How to stop…?

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The time has come.  Babybum is one year old and, quite frankly, I’ve had enough.  I can’t quite believe that I’ve kept this up for a whole year but, I have and I still believe that, for me, it was the right thing to do.  My pumping schedule has been somewhat erratic of late.  I’ve been pumping three times a day and, seeing as I’ve had no pain, I’ve kind of let a time schedule go by the wayside.  Around the time of Babybum’s birthday, i kept forgetting to pump - yes, FORGETTING!  How?  I have no idea.  One morning I only remembered at 11 am when I was starting to get a little uncomfortable.  Yesterday, having forgotton my middle of the afternoon pump, I decided to let it go and see whether  a twice a day schedule would work.  By 9pm I was very uncomfortable with perturbing, mishapen lumps in my boobs - ouch.  I shan’t be doing that again… at least not for a while.

I’ve been reducing the time I pump for  and have been aiming to express no more than 190 mls in each session.  I’ve been doing that for a week now.  The first thing that happened was that my periods returned with a vengeance.  Oh joy.  However, I still seem to be producing the same amount of milk despite not emptying.  I suppose I shall just have to keep going for a while and hope that it will start to dwindle.

Now I’ve made the decision to stop, I just want it over and done with and pumping has started to irritate me and get me down again.  It’s cold now and it reminds me of how dire it was in those very early days to keep having to whip your clothes off and get hooked up when it was cold and dark and dank.  

Bring on the end.  Bring it on. Please.

Four Times A Day

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Yay!  I am now, and have been for the past three weeks, pumping just four times a day and the difference it has made to me is immense.  I seem to have so much more freedom and time now.  I express at 7am, around 1pm, around 6pm and again just before bed.  My supply has scarcely dropped which has made me think that dropping to three pumps is going to happen in the not too distant.  Babybum is nearly eight months now and is taking around the 500 to 600mls a day which means I’m freezing about 400mls a day.  We have milk coming out of our freezer’s ears - so much so that we have actually discussed buying a chest freezer!

Oats

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Oats are just good for you, lactating or not.  Here’s a recipe a woman posted on http://www.babycentre.co.uk/baby/breastfeeding/beginners/.  It’s for milk-making cookies:

Mummy’s Magic Milk Making Cookies

Ingredients:

1 cup butter or margarine

1 cup sugar

1 cup brown sugar

4 tablespoons water

2 tablespoons flaxseed meal*

2 large eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

3 cups oats

1 cup (or more) chocolate chips

2 tablespoons of brewers yeast*

*be generous

Instructions: Preheat oven at 180 degrees C. Mix together flaxseed meal and water and set aside for 3 – 5 mins. Cream (beat well) margarine and sugar Add eggs one at a time, mix well. Stir flaxseed mixture and add with vanilla to the margarine/sugar mix. Beat until blended. Sift together dry ingredients except for oats and choc chips. Add to margarine mix. Stir in oats, then choc chips. Scoop or drop onto baking sheet. (alternatively, scoop mixture onto baking paper and roll into a log – freeze, and simply slice when ready to bake) Makes approx 5-6 dozen cookies. Bake 8-12 minutes depending on size of cookies. (May take up to 20 mins if baked from frozen mixture)

Thank you kind lady from http://www. babycentre.co.uk

I haven’t tried these yet but I intend to soon.  I’ll let you know…

Orange Juice

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This is my own personal supply booster.  It’s probably just coincidence but I found that slugging a load of orange juice before going to bed seemed to result in more milk overnight.  Presumably I just wasn’t having enough to drink in the evening and I should have just had a glass of water but, at least for me, orange juice worked. 

Tiger’s Milk

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*roar

This recipe was given to me by my midwife in the second week after my daughter’s birth.  Can’t really say whether or not it worked, but it’s quite delicious and is a good energy-booster.

3 bananas

3 litres whole milk

2 brewers’ yeast tablets (grind them first)

Blend together until tablets have dissolved and then drink over a 24 hour period.

The midwife who gave me this recipe said that drinking this had established lactation in a woman whose milk hadn’t come in after the birth of her baby.

 

Fenugreek

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Well I took fenugreek capsules for the first 3 months, three times a day. seven days a week.  Can’t say whether or not they boosted my supply but when I stopped taking them, my supply didn’t drop. Apparently, they make your wee smell of maple syrup (didn’t notice this myself) but it beats your maple syrup smelling of wee.

Boosting Milk Supply

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Boosting supply is a big deal.  I actually have no idea whether these tips have any effect whatsoever but, hey, it’s worth a try.  These ideas come variously from my midwife, forums and my own theories. If milk supply is an issue for you, then they have to be worth a try.

  • Fenugreek 
  • Oats
  • Goat’s Rue
  • Brewer’s Yeast
  • Orange Juice