Breastfeeding is such an amazing and rewarding journey for both mama and baby. I never understood how it could be so special until I had Kinsley. It is precious moments of just you and your baby that you will have forever, not to mention the amazing health and bonding benefits it provides for your baby. While it is super rewarding is many ways, it also comes with lots of challenges; blisters, clogged ducts, leaking, and engorgement, just to name a few. However, this time around is going to be a lot easier starting out since I know exactly what to expect. Here are some ways that I found with Kins to get the most out of my breast milk and also a couple new things that I am excited to try with Hattie!
Organic Nipple balm
This is sooo necessary when you begin nursing. It is painful in the beginning and this stuff helps so much! I didn’t have this in the very beginning with Kinsley but it will be in my hospital bag this time!! This will help with those blisters I mentioned earlier. It can also help with clogged ducts but I learned with Kinsley that the best way to avoid getting these is to make sure you rotate your feeding positions with baby so they aren’t feeding from the same ducts every time and to avoid any bras or bathing suits with underwire.
This is something new that I am so excited to have with Hattie. There is sooo much recent research indicating the huge impact that proper gut health can have on overall health. There is specifically a lack of a super important bacteria, B. infantis, in the guts of infants. This bacteria is so important because it reduces harmful bacteria that are linked to diabetes, eczema, and obesity. Research also shows that when babies have this good bacteria thriving in their gut before being weaned from breast milk they are more likely to develop and maintain a healthy metabolism and immune system! Evivo is the first infant probiotic and is clinically proven to restore a healthy gut in baby. I love that it comes in individual packets so you don’t have to worry about measuring it out. It is really easy to use, you just mix the packet with some breast milk and feed it to baby with the syringe provided in the starter kit! I really wish I had this when Kinsley was an infant. You can learn more about Evivo Here.
Getting those extra calories are important to get adequate milk production. You pretty much stay hungry when you’re breast feeding so these are a super quick and healthy snack during those late night feeds or when you’re really busy. The oats also help increase your breast milk production so it’s a win win! I plan on making a bunch up next month and freezing them. Here is a recipe I’ve tried and love
No Bake Lactation Bites:
- 2/3 cup organic peanut butter
- ½ cup ground flax seed
- ½ cup chocolate chips
- 1 cup oats
- ¼ cup *Pasteurized* honey
- 1 tsp vanilla
- ¼ tsp cinnamon
- Mix all ingredients and roll into balls. Keep in an air tight container.
This is another new one for me. Fennel oil can provide some amazing digestive system support as well as aid in milk production. I will be adding this to veggie capsules to start taking internally right after she is born but you could also just apply topically to the breast. Kinlsey had some gas related pain and discomfort when she was an infant, so I’m excited to see the difference it could have with Hattie in this area.
Stainless Steel Tumbler
I’ll be taking my stainless steel tumbler with me to the hospital. Staying hydrated is soo important while breast feeding to make sure your milk production stays up! You’re going to need to get in a lot more water than even the recommended daily amount. One great way to make sure you’re getting enough in is to drink an 8oz glass of water every time baby feeds. I love a stainless steel tumbler because it keeps my water cold for so long and I can add my lemon essential oil to my water!
Video on Evivo Probiotics: