Thursday, May 26, 2011
"C" is for Cache (cont.)
In addition to pumping I had lots of support from John and my mom, and a neighborhood girl started coming by for a few hours on MWF to help with laundry, dishes, and dinner. This reduced my stress tremendously, which definitely helped my supply increase. I bought Fenugreek supplements and saw an immediate improvement too, but now I smell like maple syrup! I also went to another LLL meeting to talk with other breastfeeding moms and visited the lactation consultant a couple times, which made me feel so much better. The lactation consultant also raised a really good point while I was visiting with her. I was doing an elimination diet (no milk, nuts, eggs), but Tully was getting cow milk-based formula. If he had a problem with cow milk proteins in my milk, he should exhibit the same problems with the formula. Since this was not the case, I reintroduced milk, followed by nuts and eggs, into my diet. It was SO hard not to eat things with milk, so I'm happy to be eating "normally" again.
It's been three weeks since our last doctor's visit and my baby boy has gained another pound and a half (we stopped by for a quick weigh in with the lactation consultant last night). It feels so good to have him nursing again, and I can't wait for our 2 month appointment next week! I'm also happy to not be mixing up stinky formula or washing 500 bottles a day. It was such a pain to pack up all of the formula and bottle supplies just to leave the house. Nursing him is a thousand times easier for sure!