Okay..this is sure one heck of an awkward post that i am gonna share with you guys lol, a little warning for guys please don't click "read more" if you are easily disturbed by breastfeeding which i am sure a large populations of Asians are as we aren't too open like our peers the Westerners. Well technically this post is meant for mothers to relate to or soon to be first time moms looking for insights on what to expect once they have delivered.
I apologize for the vulgarity but that's the truth
From my little experiment, here is some verdict on some of the foods i ate, but do take note that what works for me might not work for you as we are all different. So a little experimenting is needed till you find the right solution :)
Can be consumed directly, one teaspoon a day with tons of water and results will start to kick in around 48 hours. However some mothers do complain it only produces more foremilk (it's semi transparent) from the usual hind milk. More deets on BM read HERE
But for me that wasn't the case, it was perfectly balanced, the milk wasn't too yellow-ish (hind milk) nor too semi transparent (fore milk). However i must forewarn you (so many "fore" in one context lol) that funugreek does make your baby GASSY!
So do expect tons of burps with pukes in it or massive farts, these might cause discomfort for you little one, do have the Yu Yee Oil on standby. You can easily get this oil from the pharmacy shelves, with the right usage technique, it works miracles to soothe the baby.
Milk score: 2 bags full (within 24 hours)
I am eating oats like 2-3 servings a day and noticed these doesn't do much for me but at least it keeps my raging appetite in check.
Milk Score: 1 bag full or lesser
3. Red Beans
The results from this takes longer to kick in than expected by the increase was slight but noticed when i combined red bean powder with oats the results are better.
Milk Score: 1 bag full or lesser / with redbean powder- 1.5 bags full
4. Red Dates
Nothing much if drank 1-2 days, guess you have to be constantly (everyday) drinking red dates water everyday in order to see the results as during my confinement i was drinking this like water and my milk supply rocketed from there.
When you calculate the total cost, you too would faint and not to mention all the time dedicated to direct latching and pumping which can easily take up your entire day and the same cycle continues again and again daily. That's your life now, can you imagine that?
If i've know how difficult it was from the start, i would have mentally prepared myself for this rather than taking the blow right now which is quite frustrating. Sigh, we learn new things everyday.
So i had to bid goodbye to my gorgeous sexy lingeries as i can no longer fit them anymore *sobs* my breasts grew like 1-2 cups bigger depending on when it's empty or engorged. The decision to part with those pretty laces was heart wrenching because some of them are brand new lol but we mothers gotta do what we mothers gotta do, so i bid them my last goodbyes and toss them deep into my closet and another thing that caught me off guard was not having enough and how important it is to always have extras because you'll never know if you baby is gonna puke on it or your oppai suddenly decides to leak (always wear a breast pad/ breast shield during BF period).
From my experience of buying those nursing bras with underwires, is a big NO-NO (avoid it if can) because they restrict your oppai during engorgement so if possible my advice for you mom-to-be ladies, go for those non wired cotton bras, they are hell lot more comfortable and it doesn't make your oppai feel suffocated.
I got a few new nursing bras from Bmama to replace my 2 sad existing ones that doesn't provide much support nor were comfy which i previously took turns washing it every night lol so now i wash only once every 2 days rather than everyday. Well under-stocking sometimes can be a good thing, gives you more reason to shop afterwards and also you don't usually know how many cups you'll jump until AFTER you deliver (for first timers), it depends on your milk production.
And i always thought that nursing bras only came with one design which is the one with the snap on the strap, didn't know they had one with front snaps which is easier to access to if your are wear button down shirts!
- Inujirushi Maternity
- Kawaii Range of slimming wear
- Satine Range of slimming wear
- Canmake Tokyo cosmetic
- Sleep-well Ginger powder
- Energizing Ginger Honey Vinegar
But i really think my breastfeeding journey wouldn't be as long as i expected it to be, lil parasite's appetite is increasing day by day and my body can't seem to keep up with her no matter how hard i try. Guess if i had to turn to formula as a substitute then so be it, i just want my daughter to know it's been a tough 2 months together from the bleeding, sore nipples to swollen rock hard breasts, and sleepless nights all those were just for her and wish i could have fed her longer but some people aren't so lucky. It's a wrong move to train my daughter to sleep through the night early as that could be one of the reasons why my milk supply is weaning off on its own though i am glad she's independent enough to sleep on her own without needing me already.
Thank you for allowing me to nurse you Mariko, it's been my pleasure as a mother and i only wish i could have done it for 6 months at least because that's what i wanted for myself too and to see that i am unable to do so just makes me cry for being such a failure.
There's nothing wrong with formula milk, it's just that all i ever wanted was to give you the very best and if i can't do that just means i did not put much effort so i am angry with myself.
I'll forever hold this experience close to my heart, it was one of the most beautiful moments of my life but it got cut short too soon.
Breastfeeding is never easy and it will never be, i salute mothers out there who persevered this difficulty for years just so they can feed their child with the best milk they can provide.
If only i could as well.
Right now i am just counting down whatever days i have left with my low supply, using up my frozen stock that's supposed to be saved for rainy days (well technically it is now lel).
If you guys know any other solution that can make it increase again, please by all means do share with me in the comment section below.