Thinking of increasing Fenugreek to see if that helps. Volume is lower (again/still) and kiddo is hitting growth spurts, so it's just hard to keep up with him. I even tried doing more frequent, smaller feeds, but can't do that through the night since he has just started to sleep from about 11:30pm-5:30am. I had to supplement 1/2 a feed with formula for the first time tonight. I know it's normal and okay, but it's still discouraging and a blow to the ego. How is it that I'm more comfortable "venting" on this board than in person with my "support system" of friends and family that I have here locally??
It's ok. I remember the first time I had to supplement with formula, I balled! I think you probably feel more comfortable here because you don't have to explain anything, we know how it is.
If your little one is sleeping more at night now, I would suggest this, after he goes to sleep, have a marathon pumping session. Pump ten minutes on ten minutes off for an hour, do this every night and see if it helps. It will trick your body into thinking this baby needs more milk, especially at night. It really helped me.
Thanks! I may try that later on when I'm feeling better, and I may do it during the day when I can be awake and tend to kiddo if needed. The problem with at night is that I've already been staying up late (2 or 3 ish) to pump and try to collect enough for that first 5am or 6am feed so that I can sleep in 'til 7:30ish before the 8-9am feed. I mentioned it in the "thankful" thread, but husband helped out this morning by staying in a bit later and feeding kiddo formula so I could rest and re-build my health and my milk supply.
Okay, so I'm going to try to be on an oatmeal kick. I bought some bars and some deli-made cookies (for now) and some actual oatmeal/warm cereal that has to be mixed and heated (which I don't care for, so I'm trying the flavoured stuff for now).
Anyone have a good, EASY oatmeal cookie recipe?? I'm not the best cook...
I recently posted this recipe at Pregnancy Weekly. It's my DH's favorite oatmeal cookie recipe!
I love cookies! I am allergic to dairy and molds (that means chocolate) so my cookies options are limited. I make a great oatmeal cookie that my DH loves. I'll post the recipe in case anyone is interested. For you breastfeeders and EPers this is a great supply builder.
1 cup shortning
1 cup sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
3 cups oats
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
In a mixing bowl, cream shortning and sugars. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Combine the remaining ingredients in separate bowl; gradually add to creamed mixture. Drop by tablespoon 2 in. apart onto ungreased cookie sheet. Flatten with a fork (or whatever you like). Bake @ 350 for 10-12 minutes or until slightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool. Yields 5 1/2 dozen
Still not in a cooking mode (but I'l hold onto the recipe for when I get there...maybe when it's closer to the holidays and I start making cookies and brownies and stuff)...I'm going to try some oatmeal and fruit bars to see if they help out at all. I did get a good chunk of sleep last night (so did kiddo!) so I pumped 210cc's (7 oz.) this morning!
By the way, I just tried the soft/massaging Medela shields, and they felt good but I don't think they yielded any milk at all (they're standard size, and I think my body is just used to the personal-fit shields I switched to not too long ago).
Okay, I bought some oatmeal, some more bottled water (can't stand the taste of ours if I have to drink much of it) and some beer. Tomorrow is a new day. I'm down to about 3-4 pumps a day and 2-3oz. average pump.
I don't like oatmeal, but I'm going to play around to figure out a taste/consistency I like (and maybe finally bake those crisper thingies)! I got the "old fashioned" oatmeal that you have to boil in water,etc.--is that the right stuff? What's the difference between regular oatmeal and the instant stuff (as far as nutrition)??