Whole 30 and Making Milk

I’ve started another Whole 30.  With my last baby, I saw an increase in milk supply when I did the Whole 30.  I consumed plenty of carbs from produce (mainly sweet potato and squash) along with healthy fats. I have not been successful so far with this baby- every time I attempt to get on… Continue reading Whole 30 and Making Milk

Nipple Lubes

Here’s the thing. Whether you exclusively pump, exclusively nurse, or a combination, those nipples are going to need some love.  Here’s the lowdown on keeping your nipples happy and healthy. Meet coconut oil- your new BFF. Seriously. Best thing ever.  I applied before every pumping session (on nipples and lubed the flanges for easy gliding). … Continue reading Nipple Lubes

Nutrition for Mom & Baby

*I am not a medical professional.  You should always consult with your qualified medical professionals before beginning any new supplements or dietary changes. This is purely based on my personal research and what works for me as a passionate health conscious mama.* Nutrition is a passion of mine… we were gluten free before it was… Continue reading Nutrition for Mom & Baby

Longer Pump Times- Increase Supply Part III

This is the third post in my “what worked for me” series including increasing fluids, increasing calories, and increasing pump times. The standard advice in the lactation world is to pump for 15-20 minutes every 2-3  hours.  This is the advice I was given in the NICU (both times) by IBCLCs and that every mom… Continue reading Longer Pump Times- Increase Supply Part III

Calories for Breastfeeding

  This is part two in my what worked to increase my milk supply series.  Part one is on fluid intake. While breastfeeding (nursing or exclusive pumping), the recommendation is that you will need an extra 300-500 calories per day in order to make enough milk for your little one. This correlates to two cups… Continue reading Calories for Breastfeeding

Fluid Intake & Milk Supply

There is mixed information about increasing your fluid intake and it’s correlation to increasing your milk supply. Bottom line- if you are dehydrated, you won’t produce enough milk. You’ll need to drink your bodies baseline fluids PLUS enough to create milk in order to keep things running at an optimum level. The general recommendation is… Continue reading Fluid Intake & Milk Supply

Mamas Milk via G-Tube

Sweet Elizabeth Joy cannot eat orally.  We aren’t entirely sure of the reasons for this… she cannot suck and has difficulty (forgets?) swallowing. We brought her home from the NICU after 88 days with a NG tube.  Three weeks later, I took her back in for the g-tube surgery. When we came home from the… Continue reading Mamas Milk via G-Tube