Cookies, oatmeal, tea – oh my! If you are like most mamas, you have worried about your milk supply at one point or another. The first thing you did was look on the internet, trying to find the best lactation cookie or tea on the market, right? We’ve all done it.
Now, what if we told you that the best thing you could do was to save your money and skip the products? That not one of those purchases would actually make a noticeable difference in your supply. Yes, really! Instead, we say: invest that money in support that is specific to your body, your baby and your schedule by meeting with a Lactation Consultant!
You may actually find that you don’t have a supply issue after all. If your baby is producing sufficient wet and dirty diapers (6+ wet per day / 3+ dirty per day) and is gaining weight adequately with your breastmilk alone, then it is likely that you do not have low milk supply. If you do have low supply, an LC will help create a custom plan to meet your specific baby-feeding goals.
Remember that your body is a complex machine and it is also incredibly unique. Establishing a milk supply is a biological process that is heavily influenced by the steps taken to get there – but it is not quick science and it doesn’t always work for everyone. For some women, this process happens very naturally and for others it does not. There is no one-size-fits-all answer to increasing milk supply because not one dyad (mother-baby duo) is the same.
So, take the time to thank your body for all the work it is doing to nourish your baby and then find yourself a baby-feeding expert! There is a reason breastmilk is called “liquid gold” – it takes time, energy, patience, love and sacrifice to create. You are a force of nature and every drop you make is a gift to your baby!