It always saddens me so much when someone says that they had to quit breastfeeding at six weeks because their milk dried up. It also maddens me, because I think health care professionals should explain to people how it all works.Â For the first six weeks your milk reservoirs, so that youÂ have a constant supply – then it ‘dries up’ but it doesn’t really dry up, it just becomes available on demand and might not respond well to expressing either! know it’s frightening, it was to me too, but this concoction of herbs really helped improve my flow and I was able to go on. Armed with this knowledge, I’m almost certain more people would be able to feed for longer.
I have an eight month old daughter, Ameli, who is still primarily breastfed, although we do play at Baby Led Weaning once or twice a day. Below are some of the questions I’ve been asked and my responses to them, or that other people have been asked and what I would have said had it been me.
I find that people generally ask annoying and otherwise offensive questions out of ignorance, a lack of understanding or misconceptions brought about by lack of experience. Most of the time these retorts, when accompanied by a sincere face and a bright smile, put a quick stop to the line of questioning without any animosity.
Breastmilk has been touted as the wonder drink. We’ve all heard how good it is for babies, and we all know that babies who have been breastfed are said to be healthier, less obese as children, and less fussy eaters than formula fed babies. We also know that breastfeeding is good for mothers. It reduces the risk of breast cancer, helps with wait loss and can help prevent post partum depression.
Even so, I am often surprised by the things that people don’t know about breastmilk. Here are a few of my favourites:
I lay on my bed the other morning, sprawled out like a Greek woman in one of those old-fashioned paintings while my daughter popped on for a feed and off for a play with whichever toy had taken her fancy that day, then back on for a nibble again. It dawned on me how strange it was that it didn’t feel strange at all.
It lead me to thinking about breastfeeding, and to all the things I hadn’t known at the start â€“ things that may really have been quite helpful. Here are a few to get you started.
I have to admit right off the bat that I have not tried these yet, but since it is National Breastfeeding Week and I adore breastfeeding, I thought I’d see how I could combine a foody post with breastfeeding. What better excuse for eating biscuits though – with these you can really say ‘but it’s for the baby’ and mean it! (I’ve borrowed this recipe from Yummy Mummy Cookies and adapted it slightly)
- 1 cup butter
- 2 cups brown sugar
- 4 tablespoons water
- 2 tablespoons flax seed meal
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 cups wholewheat flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3 cups oats
- 1 cup chocolate chips / caramel chips
- 2-4 tablespoons brewer’s yeast
1. Preheat oven to 350Â°.
2. Mix the flaxseed meal and water and let sit for 3-5 minutes.
3. Beat butter and sugar well.
4. Add eggs and mix well.
5. Add flaxseed mix and vanilla, beat well.
6. Sift together flour, brewers yeast, baking soda, and salt.
7. Add dry ingredients to butter mix.
8. Stir in oats and chips.
9. Scoop onto baking sheet.
10. Bake for 12 minutes.
11. Let set for a couple minutes then remove from tray.
Some people seem to swear by lactation cookies, so if you have trouble, it may just be worth a try.
With all the extra breastmilk you should now have, you could try one of the multitude of breastmilk recipes available readily on the internet. If you’re brave, you could even drink it yourself – I know my own breastmilk dabbed on my mouth ulcer has removed the ulcer overnight!
- 1 cup breastmilk
- 1 cup frozen berries
- 1/2 cup orange juice concentrate
- 1 banana
- 1 cup pineapple chunks (optional)
1. Blend all ingredients in blender until smooth and serve.
Have you ever made anything with breastmilk? Would you? And what have you tried to increase your milk supply? Share your links or ideas below!
Possibly my favourite thing about baby led weaning has to be the fact that the essentials don’t really extend further than the food itself. In other words, there is no need to rush out and buy yet another pile of ‘stuff’ to add to the baby-related clutter already in your home.
Of course, there are a few valuable extras that can make the process simpler, and while they may not be essential, they’re certainly recommendable. Here are a few examples that have helped us out with our daughter: