Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Day 17: Take a Nursing Vacation {31 Days of Making More Milk}

Sometimes the answer to your breastfeeding problems is to SLOW DOWN and take a nursing vacation!


It's really simple: Take your little one to bed with you for 2-3 days, and do nothing but nurse frequently, rest, and eat well. 

That's it.

If you answered "No" to any of these questions, a nursing vacation might be what you need. I know, I know. It's so hard in our culture and in our busy mama-lives, but I'm serious when I tell you that sometimes parking your behind in that big recliner and nursing as much as baby wants can do wonders for them and for you.

Some tips for a successful nursing vacation:
  • Rest. Sleep when baby sleeps. 
  • Nourish yourself. Drink to thirst, eat 3 meals and 2-4 snacks.
  • Relax. Rent or stream some movies from Netflix, RedBox, or Hulu. Or choose a TV series you've been wanting to watch or catch up on. (My choice is always Gilmore Girls, I've watched the whole series 4 times!)
  • Schedule your vacation for when the most help will be around.
  • Have other kids? Enlist help! Your spouse/partner, good friends, family members, neighbors - let them know what you're doing and ask for their assistance in advance!
  • Make food ahead of time and freeze it. Double recipes, make soup, lactation cookies, frozen pre-made smoothies, cut up veggies, etc. Make it easy on yourself and your family members so there's ready-made food for you. Because you won't be cooking, FYI. 
  • Put together a nursing basket.
  • Let the house go for 2-3 days. No one will die or starve (except your pet, don't forget to feed him/her), and you're doing more important work. 
  • Snuggle that baby. Admire every little eyelash and fingernail. You made this little beauty!  
  • If your partner, kids, or family members balk, tell them that I made you do it. I could probably even get my lactation consultant to write you a prescription. Or print out the picture above and quickly flash it in front of their face. Whatever works!
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This is the seventeenth post in the series 31 Days of Making More Milk. Read yesterday's post of low supply links or start from the beginning here
 

4 comments:

  1. I'm feeling like I wanna cry reading this one :'(

    I'm having difficulties in supplying 500-600 ml breast milk for my 6 months baby, I'm trying on the power pumping now but it's so hard to maintain into consecutive days.

    I don't know why, but when I pumping at home, usually before going to bed and very early in the morning, the result is discouraging. Most of the time I can only get like 20-40 ml, but during office hour I can get 130 ml. The problem is I can only pumping twice in the office.

    Now I'm praying harder because there's only 1 milk bag left in my fridge, yeah one left, this reality making me so sad :'( :'( :'(

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  2. I'm so sorry Srina! It's a terrible feeling, but please try not to STRESS too much because that can really affect your supply, too. Have you tried any milk-boosting supplements like Fenugreek, Goat's Rue, or cookies made with brewer's yeast and oatmeal? Staying hydrated is important, too...but also just know that ANY breast milk you give your baby is a gift. Try to forget about reaching a "number" of ml's and don't watch the milk as it's pumping down into the bottle. Cover it with a towel if you have to, and just sit back, close your eyes, breathe deeply and relax. Good luck to you!!

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  3. Also, I see that you're in Indonesia - if you have easy access to coconut products, those are known to be milk increasers! full fat Coconut milk, oil, and meat.

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  4. Thank you so much for your replies and support,I really appreciate it. I'm still using supplement contains soya and some herbs mixed into one drink, it helps but still can't cover her needs. Unfortunately I can't cook, and kinda dislike it also, so to be honest I don't have the urge to try on recipes where I have to cook. This morning I cried in the shower knowing that there's only left 225ml breast milk to give, and that she has to receive milk donor from other mom; actually I'm ready to burst in tears when writing this :'(

    I'm using Virgin Coconut Oil to maintain my baby healthy skin, it works great for keeping her from diaper rash, but I never try to consume it directly. Perhaps I will try soon. Thank you for your suggestion. Keep writing, your blog is entertaining. I like it so much, especially the dear daughter series; lovely!

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