October 25th, 2016
Hey again all! As promised in this post I’m back with round two of (And yes I realize this is two weeks later as I wrote in that post…well remember what I said? life happens and doing my best to present in every moment – better late than never!)
I did a ton of research + asked my mama besties to see what I would need packed in my hospital bag. See below for what you don’t want to forget and what I learned for next time!
Onesie | I couldn’t help but giggle when I was folding the tiny baby clothes, I don’t think there is anything cuter! My favourite brands so far? Petit Lem, Gap Kids & Carter’s
Undershirt | You’ll want to protect your little ones skin and keep them warm. I love shopping for funny graphic shirts like these or these adorable ones with a little lamb
Baby Wash | I’m not sure about the rest of the world but in Canada the hospital provides you with Johnsons and Johnsons (which I’m not a fan of) I was so relieved I had my travel sized baby wash from The Honest Company on hand (even the nurse told me she hates using Johnsons and was glad I brought my own!) I also carry it around with me now in my diaper bag (just incase J has a huge blowout and wipes don’t cut it! haha)
Diapers | My mama bestie told me they loved Pampers Swaddles and they were right! I tired a bunch of other brands but kept coming back to
Blankets | You’ll need to stock up on blankets all different thicknesses! For thin swaddle blankets I loved the patters of Modern Burlap, I also LOVE the gymboree blankets my little sister called them ‘nani’s’ which has stuck – these guys are always cool and soft and love these thick winter blankets from Nordstrom (so pumped it’s finally in Toronto!)
If you are preggo for the first time please be aware that in some cases pushing through is not the way to go. I have heard of and know many women where breastfeeding didn’t work, my mother being a prime example, she struggled to breastfeed my brother and I for one month she simply didn’t have enough! I also have another friend who got mastitis and had to stop, and another friend who did push through and ended up with worse medical problems because of it. You have to listen to your body and do what is best to keep YOU healthy because only then will be able to care for your sweet bebe! Don’t let anyone pressure you into anything or make you feel bad about your choices – I truly believe there is no right or wrong. If you want to go right to formula you go right ahead, you want to breastfeed till your baby is two years old? All the power to you!
Bebe J was latching great (though we had some rough times at the beginning *ouch* I won’t get into detail here) and my milk was coming it, it just wasn’t coming in fast enough! Because of this, I was stubborn and determined and wanted to give it my all to before throwing in the towel. So, if you’re looking for how to increase your milk supply here are four things I did that really helped and worked for me!
Liquids Liquids Liquids! | Water, Soup, Chicken Broth – rinse and repeat – this is your new diet! I was chugging back the water like no ones business and basically just ate soups 5x a day (gets in your liquids and also so many vitamins packed inside). Thanks to my mother in law, mama and new sister in law they stocked me up and my freezer still has frozen soup ready to be defrosted. Within the first 5 days my mother handed me a cup of chicken soup broth and a straw (?!) I looked at her like she’d lost her mind haha, she said drink it! So I did and she made me a huge pitcher of it and would poor it after feedings in a mug with a straw (was actually tastier than it sounded)
Oatmeal | I had this for breakfast almost everyday for 7 weeks (I’ve stopped the last few weeks because quite frankly I think I made myself sick from eating so much) but totally helped! The days I didn’t have any I would noticed a difference.
Supplements | I started taking Brewers Yeast Powder and would stir it into a cup of orange juice twice a day (wasn’t fun to drink but I did it) I’ve since switched to the pill forms (so much better!). I also take 4 Fenuere Greek tablets – caution: it will make you smell of maple syrup but it passes I promise haha – just last week I forgot to take my supplements for two days and noticed I was pumping less than usual so they really do work.
Relax | I struggled with this one (surprise surprise!) If you’re tense the milk just won’t flow, even now if I have a stressful day my milk supply is the first thing thats affected! I had read and been told to think of bebe J when I pumped or to look at photos and videos so it will help the milk flow…I don’t know if I’m wired wrong but at the beginning because I was so worried about ‘supply’ if I thought of Bebe J while pumping I was too aware that it was so more milk would come and then I would be more tense thinking I better pump enough to feed my baby boy! The best for me was to be distracted and calm. Either watching Kosta and him playing, on Pinterest, watching modern family, or laughing on the phone with a friend…if I’m distracted and calm it flows!
Out of all of these, the last one really is the biggest one! I was at my parents house feeling frustrated my milk hadn’t come in and I remember my aunt looked at me and said bluntly I needed to relax and stop putting pressure on myself. She said her milk took over a month to properly come in (I hadn’t heard that before). Hearing her say that I immediately calmed down and felt a bit of hope – that night was the first time I pumped 5oz (!!!)…coincidence? I think not.
Hope this helps some of you!