If you’re a breastfeeding or pumping mom, your supply is something you think about several times a day. In the beginning, you’re wondering if your baby is getting enough. You even may blame their waking every 45 minutes to eat during the night on your lack of supply. If you’re a pumping mom, then you know how much they’re getting and how much they’re eating, but you’re probably obsessing over how much you pump. If your usual morning pump is 2 or 3 ounces less than usual, you may just freak a little. I know because I’m this mom too. So for the past 8 months, I’ve been trying every trick in the book and wanted to share my findings with you.
Slow cooked oatmeal for breakfast is a pretty easy one and it definitely has been a staple for me. I’ve gotten pretty creative on my variations thanks to Pinterest. I’ve had chocolate, fresh apple cinnamon, maple brown sugar. You name it. Now this doesn’t make a HUGE impact to your supply, but it definitely helps if even by half an ounce or so per breast.
H20. That’s right, water. Now when I did my initial research, people were saying “too much water can decrease supply. Water has nothing to do with your supply” This scared and confused the heck out of me. Then I met with my daughter’s pediatrician and asked her about that. She actually called them idiots and told me to increase my water. I did, and I saw some improvement in my supply. Again, probably half an ounce or so as well.
Earth Mama Angel Baby Milkmaid Tea: This was actually one of the items I started using the moment I got home from the hospital with my daughter to help my milk come in. During the first month, I could actually feel this tea working every time I drank it. I would have a cup around 7 pm and by about 8 pm, I was aching. For me, I had a baby who I swear confused her days and nights. If she didn’t then she sure didn’t like me because I was feeding her every 45 minutes at night. So I wanted to make sure my supply was high, especially at night so that she’d have enough in her belly to let her sleep longer. It doesn’t taste lovely, but it’s not bad. In fact, I learned to ignore the taste and just drink it because it’s what I needed to do. In the ingredients you’ll find fenugreek, fennel seed, red raspberry, nettle leaf, milk thistle, caraway seed and several other herbs associated with increasing supply. This fits in with my, every little bit counts category. I could always tell when I drank this before bed because my morning pumping would sometimes need a second bottle. At around $6 for a box of 16 tea bags, I felt this was a good option for most moms.
Motherlove More Milk Plus: I really really wanted to love this item. At around $24 for a bottle of 60 pills. You take four pills a day, so a bottle lasts just under a week. In the ingredients, you’ll find some of the same trusted herbs like fenugreek, thistle, nettle and fennel seed. It’s in a cute bottle and I just had some high hopes for this. Come about day 5, of using this religiously, I can tell you that I saw absolutely no increase in my supply and that made me pretty sad. Since I received one as a sample, I was probably less upset than a lot of moms who dished out $24 for that bottle. I roamed around the net and seemed to find a lot of other moms saying the same thing, that they didn’t see much/if any change in their supply. This item was a big disappointment for me and sadly this is not an item I would recommend or spend money on in the future. My oatmeal and water had better results in my opinion.
Lactiful: Their slogan is that they’re the fastest way to increase milk supply…guaranteed. A bottle of 300 pills costs around $97 a bottle. You take 5 pills three times a day, so you’re paying around $100 for a two-week supply. After your first purchase, they give you a discount on future purchases, so it’s then around $87. With your first purchase, they also include a handy booklet that has a whole guide on how to get the most out of your supply. They even have a meal plan for the full two weeks that they say will show huge changes in your supply since you’re eating foods that help to increase and avoiding foods that may decrease. I wish I had the patience to try that out, but I just can’t do diets. Never have and never will. I did pay attention to the foods they highlighted that stated they were boosters and I tried to eat those whenever possible. Lactiful, unlike the previous pill, I really wanted to hate because of its price. Personally I think it’s insane for anyone to charge this amount for herbs that help moms produce milk. Just not a positive way to encourage breastfeeding. Mom’s look for help, not to break the bank. Inside the magical little pills, you’ll find Alfalfa, Anise Seed, Blessed Thistle, Fennel Seed, Fenugreek Seed, Goat’s Rue, Marshmallow Root and Nettle Leaf. Of these Alfalfa, Anise Seed, Blessed Thistle, Fenugreek Seed, Goat’s Rue and Nettle Leaf are the workers. Apparently no two moms are the same and each respond to herbs differently. So they use all the big hitters to ensure that every mom will benefit from these pills. After just 48 hours of using these pills, I saw an increase of around two to three ounces per pumping. Holy, moly, they work! I received a bottle to sample of Lactiful and since then I’ve purchased three more bottles on my own. No matter how much I hate spending the money, these pills truly make a huge impact in my supply and ensure that I never have to supplement formula with my daughter. Without a doubt, I recommend these pills. I’ve learned to skip a few doses or take 4 pills instead of 5 to help my pills last a little longer. Then I go a week or so without them and my supply goes back down to a level where I need to supplement again. I highly encourage you to try Lactiful if you are looking to increase your supply, just be prepared to have a hard time coughing up the cash with every purchase like I do.
special thanks to Motherlove and Lactiful for samples provided in order to conduct this review