I have to be the first to say. I made up my mind when I found out I was pregnant at 4 weeks. I knew then what I was going to do. Why? Well weighing the pros against the cons. The pros definitely out numbered the cons. I was thinking about how I would save and/or have money to buy other things rather than formula. Cause Boy, Oh Boy! Formula is pretty pricey. Plus with all the craziness in the world, the cost of formula and the ingredients in the formula that I didn’t agree with. I wanted my baby to have the best milk supply possible. That would not only boost her immune system also create a greater bond between us. 🥰
The best decision I made for my baby! Hands down is breastfeeding! Period!
Have you ever just sat down and thought to yourself. How do they make the formula? What’s the process that it goes through? Well, I definitely did. I asked my potential pediatrician at the time. She told me straight up. Formula ain’t for everybody. Formula goes through a “chemical process” with added ingredients and preservatives. Just like your can goods that you think is healthy or good for you. Just because you read the label. She said anything that’s on the shelves especially formula and bottle water has been sitting for months before you finally bought it. You as a parent have to make the best decision possible for your child. 😢
It was a lot of information to process but I asked for it. I thank God she told me. Without any hesitations either. From that point I started eating carrots, steel cut oatmeal, spinach, broccoli, salmon, taking prenatal vitamins every day with a scoop of yogurt (first off that pill is not your average pill, second I didn’t want to feel nauseous after taking it, third foods like yogurt or oatmeal I would put a huge scoop of yogurt in my mouth then put the pill on top of that and swallow) . I’m telling you I was getting my body ready for that good ole breast milk. Yes I was child!
Fast forward delivery day came. I had my hospital bags at the door. Guess what! No sign of labor but still on bed rest for my heart. 7 days passed by so fast an guess what! Yep you guessed it NO sign of labor. Another 7 days passed still NO sign of labor. I kept telling my doctor I want my baby to come when they’re ready. As long as my baby healthy no issues or complications. I’ll wait it. So 3 days later I’m playing with my dogs and a trail of liquid comes streaming down my leg. I said to myself I know dang on well I didn’t just pee on myself. So called my doctor she come in your water might have broke. Guess What! It didn’t, everything still intact, baby healthy, haven’t dilated yet. So, schedule my induction date. Went in baby stubborn, taking sweet little time. Got induced and Bam 💥! My baby made such a grand appearance. I couldn’t wait to get my baby on the tittie.
Delivery Doctor placed my baby on me. I whipped out my boob like yeah this going to be a piece of cake. Lord it definitely wasn’t a piece of cake. Hurt like crazy. Not enough milk. Baby sucking me dry. I cried and cried. The Lactation Nurse came in and said Oh you’re doing “Awesome”! Your baby just requires more milk and it will come. The Nurse was teaching me all types of techniques to “Let Down My Milk” as she called it. I was trying it faithfully. Still my baby required more milk. So, I remembered what I had learned some months ago. I had to stay on top of my diet eating carrots, oatmeal, spinach, broccoli and salmon to get the most milk supply.
I got home from the hospital started drinking Mother’s Milk Tea with fenugreek seeds. Eating the foods above on a consistent basis rather constant around the clock. I couldn’t slack off and eat whatever I wanted because it would most definitely without a doubt. Decrease my milk supply. I stay faithful and true to this diet. Still now that my baby 20 months old. I’m able to breastfeed. Oh I forgot to mention, I have to still drink Gallons of Water still to this day. Water plays a huge part in this as well.
Products I have tried but didn’t work for me • Brewers Yeast and Instant Oatmeal • My Oatmeal has to be Steel Cut. No cut corners with that. Brewers Yeast made me gassy, broke my skin out and still didn’t help increase milk supply.
Different strokes for different folks. I have read the reviews on Brewers Yeast some people raved that Brewers Yeast worked wonders. It didn’t for me.