It’s so funny how I am already seeing the differences in my mommy ways with preparing for baby #1 vs. baby #2. The first go around, I was purchasing just about every crazy baby product I could find on the internet (most of which were a total waste, blog post coming soon on that!). With baby #2, the “must have list” is completely different. One of the top items I am placing SUPER high importance on is my milk supply boosters. I had a few instances of low supply with Emmy and found a lot of success with a few of the MANY products I tired. Here’s a list of the high milk supply must haves I would recommend to ANY and ALL breastfeeding mama.
Let There Be Milk
If you only wanted to buy one supplement for your breastfeeding journey, this would be the one I would recommend. It jam packed with just about every nutrient you need to be a milk makin’ machine. On days when I really needed a boost, I would do three full droplets. Once I got my supply up (usually about 48 hours later), I would maintain with just one droplet full. As I have mentioned in other posts, the taste of this wonderful concoction is less than appealing. Be sure to have some juice or water close by to wash it down with. You can find it here on Amazon. I have seen time and time again when I go to re-order that this product is sold out. I’m not surprised because it works so well. The only other product I have seen that has similar ingredients and has reviews of high effectiveness is Mothers Love More Milk. They have a few more options but just be sure you buy the one containing goats rue.
Fenugreek is one of the lowest cost supplements you can buy to help increase your milk supply. I ordered the Nature’s Way Fenugreek for $10 for 180 capsules but there are brands that are must more inexpensive. Fenugreek is a natural herb that increases your prolactin levels. Taking it daily can help maintain a healthy supply and most mothers report seeing a increase in their milk supply within 72 hours of taking it. P.S.- it may make you smell like maple syrup 🙂
Ah, the sweet taste of nursing tea in the morning. It quickly became part of my AM routine with Emmy and I don’t doubt for a second it will be back for baby #2. I sweeten the crew with a little spoonful of honey and it actually is pretty tasty. I have tried two brands that I would highly recommend. Pink Stork’s Liquid Gold and Traditional Medicinals Mother’s Milk. They taste just about the same and produce boosting results.
I have been purposely avoiding oatmeal throughout my pregnancy because I know I will be eating my fair share of it when baby #2 arrives. It was the first thing I ate when I got home from the hospital with Emmy and I ate it every day for breakfast for her first 6 months of life. I got sick of it at one point and resulted to making a this sweet oatmeal concoction instead. It really does work wonders so even if you don’t prefer it the old fashioned way, find some way to work it into your diet every day or two.
Flax Seed and Brewers Yeast
Just about every lactation smoothie out there calls for these two ingredients, as does our recipe for a quick results lactation smoothie. You never know when you may have a sweet tooth when working on your milk supply so keep these two ingredients handy!
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