BREASTFEEDING CHALLENGE: HOW I STARTED PRODUCING MORE BREASTMILK :D
What a topic abi? LOL. A lot of new mom's have faced this challenge. I did and I want to share from my experience how I started producing more breastmilk since I complained in a previous vlog that milk no dey. But I need to give a bit of history:
Immediately I had the baby, my first breastfeeding experience was so painful!!! I was confused. Nobody told me it was going to be like this, why didn't anyone warn me??? I woke up from deep sleep to find Titobi sucking away with all his might and I screamed...yeeeeeeee! The nurse looked at me like "what is doing this one"? There were two of them. One proceeded to grab one breast, massaging it ferociously, while the other held the baby and placed in on the other breast. Can you imagine the scenario?
I was in so much pain and I felt the breast they were pressing sef was not working. Only few tiny drops managed to come out of the nipples. I looked up at heaven, "my father, these are watermelons, they cannot be producing nothing!"...I begged the nurses to give my baby formula, they first did initial gragra but when they saw that I was protecting my boobs, they introduced the bottle.
I was so happy! I bought more formula and gladly started bottle-feeding the boy but deep down I wanted to breastfeed and do the 6 months exclusive but I was always so tired and not a lot of milk was coming out. Whenever I go to the hospital the matron would ask, "are you breastfeeding your baby", I would say "ehn, yes ma"... LIES! Naim one day I went to the hospital for Titobi's checkup and all new mommies were told to breastfeed on the spot-like jamb exam. Titobi open my nyansh outside. I gave him breast he turned face, lol. He kept wailing. Bobo now brought the bottle out, see rushing! The matron look me with one kind eye, I will never forget.
So how did I start producing more breastmilk?
I imagine breastfeeding is like learning how to ride a bicycle-the more you do it, the better you become. Experienced moms would always tell me "the more you breastfeed, the more milk comes"...they didn't lie! There was a time I would alternate, give bottle, then breastfeed, then bottle and I realised it's like the milk is drying up ohhh...that's because I wasn't consistent. From month 2/3 I became more consistent and 100% on the breastmilk, now milk just flowing everywhere yanfu yanfu.
My mom would always call me "fowl" because I hardly drink water but ever since I had the baby and desired more milk supply I started drinking more water. Whenever I'm thirsty I grab a cup of water. From my research staying hydrated is good for the milk things.
There are some foods that nursing mothers are advised to eat for the milk to flow. Some include oats, pap, beverage. I take my milo and milk whenever I crave for it and I find thereafter my breastmilk supply is more than enough for my boy. I hear palm wine is good too, who has tried that? Serious shakis!
I love my warm showers and was advised to place warm towels on the boobs then massage for milk to flow. What I do instead is take warm baths and while in the bath do my handwork on the boobs. It actually works. When I come out of the shower the boobs are dripping with delicious milk.
My baby is 5 months old now and he has been on just breastmilk for the past 2 and half months and I am SO HAPPY that I overcame the breastfeeding challenge. The key is to continue, whether you think the milk is flowing or not. I KNOW a lot of mummies read my blog, I want to read your advice and experiences too! What worked for you?
Posted by Sisi Yemmie at Friday, October 16, 2015