I Want to Increase my Breast Milk Supply!

I know a lot of new moms like me who have a lot of questions about breastfeeding. A lot of us also want to stay committed in feeding our babies the best that there is (which is obviously, breast milk!), but a lot of us have concerns and go through obstacles that make us feel that we could not stay committed to breastfeeding.

Before I gave birth, I did what any mom would do. I actively sought for information about breastfeeding. I joined the breastfeeding classes being offered by Medela Moms. I also joined the one bring offered by LATCH. I read articles about it and probably watched a ton of videos in YouTube.

That was a lot of preparation. And, yes, I felt prepared and raring and daring to go do this.

A week before I gave birth, that was when all the doubt came. I feared that I would not have enough milk. I started taking malunggay capsules (moringana) when I heard that one of my preggy friends was already taking. My mom and a friend gave me milk enhancing teas, which I took immediately after I gave birth (i took 5 tea bags to the hospital).

Tea to increase Breast Milk

Tea to increase Breast Milk

It was a scary thing not knowing if I would have enough supply for your little one.

Me feeding Baby Z!

Me feeding Baby Z!

Fortunately for me, milk came right away. I had my c-section operation in the morning (11 am). I had milk that afternoon (6 pm). I thought I wouldn’t have milk, since my mom said she didn’t have milk when she gave birth to me and my sister. What I learned from classes kept me going. They taught us in the breastfeeding classes that every mom who gives birth has milk.

I’ve been exclusively breastfeeding already for three weeks now and my pronlem now is that Zeeka seems to have increased her appetite already. Just a week ago, she was contented with 1 to 1.5 oz of milk every feeding. Now, she’s only contented when she takes in 2 oz. I directly feed her but I also express milk when I can. I already want to store milk, but it seems like shes always hungry, and so she ends up taking all the milk that I expressed plus all the milk that she takes from me when she feeds directly. At the end of the day, I feel so drained, tired and frustrated.

How to Increase your Milk Supply

How to Increase your Milk Supply

I’m excited to attend this seminar by Medela moms at the Medela House this coming Saturday, since I really want to know how I can increase my breast milk supply.

If you have questions about maintaining or increasing your supply, do sign up! Medela has really helpful seminars that you can learn from. ๐Ÿ™‚

Have you encountered any barriers in maintaining or increasing your milk supply?

Love lots,

Mommy Ginger

Mommy Ginger

6 Comments

  1. Rona
    April 5, 2013 / 6:32 am

    Ginge, i read that it is encouraged to pump only after 6th week as direct feeding will help boost supply over the 1st six weeks. I take natalac on top of my lactation cookies plus about 3 liters of water daily. Hope we can have a chat soon over (decaf) coffee so we can share experiences. Rio naman vomits due to oversupply / feeding.

    • April 5, 2013 / 9:38 am

      Hi Rona!

      So I shouldn’t panic pala that I can’t store pa ๐Ÿ™‚ Good! I thought kasi baka konti lang milk ko. Zeeka has a lot of poop and wiwi naman and sometimes vomits rin after feeding. Baka nga I shouldn’t worry muna about stocking up milk ๐Ÿ™‚

      Sure, let’s have coffee soon! ๐Ÿ™‚ Let me know when you’re going to BGC. Let’s meet up! ๐Ÿ™‚

      Love,
      Ginger

  2. phoebe
    April 14, 2013 / 3:33 pm

    hi! would like to know where you can buy the lactation tea you mentioned in the above post. thanks:)

    • April 14, 2013 / 10:38 pm

      Hi Phoebe! You can get it from Healthy Options? ๐Ÿ™‚ how old is your baby? ๐Ÿ™‚ are you exclusively breastfeeding?

  3. Michelle Gurrea-Ching
    April 21, 2013 / 12:07 am

    Me and my officemates sometimes order from Mommy Treats – they’re partial to the lactation brownies, whereas I prefer the cupcake bites or muffin bites ๐Ÿ™‚

    http://mommytreats.com.ph/

    • April 21, 2013 / 1:47 pm

      Thanks for this, Michelle! I also order from MommyTreats. I do love the brownies, too! ๐Ÿ™‚

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