Why not? I will still try to bf as long as possible.
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ever since my CL left, i've had no time to cook, so everyday resort to eating chicken rice, duck rice etc..
although i've been taking supplements for bf-ing, is it still advisable to bf my baby?
my milk supply had drop alot (used to pump more than 100ml per breast, now both breast also cannot hit 100ml..), able to see the diff cuz i give my baby ebm..now not enough milk, will give her fm during the night..
Why not? I will still try to bf as long as possible.
Please try to BF for as long as you can without resorting to FM. If you feed her FM at night (without pumping), it won't help to increase your supply so your body will read that as a sign that there is no demand at all.
Relook your diet and see if you've been eating any cabbage or drinking coffee/tea or taking in sufficient fluids. BFing mummies should take it more than 5L of water a day and get plenty of rest in order for milk supply to maintain. Hope this helps!
iwan2noe,It is true that you need to be very well hydrated to keep up your supply. 2 lit wasn't enough for me because I was feeling thirsty all the time. I drink close to 4 lits everyday during my maternity leave, or 3 x 1.5lit bottles. What I do is I keep a 500ml bottle in my baby's room so whenever I am feeding my baby, I am drinking water... Since I can't do anything else (apart from reading) while I feed my baby.
paull, yes you should still breastfeed. Your milk quality will not be affected by your bad diet. But whatever nutrients that is not provided during your meals, your body will use your "reserves" to draw nutrients to your milk for your baby so you're actually taxing your body, not your baby's.
Not sure if you wanna consider tinkat lunches. I was alone during my maternity leave too and I catered my lunch but cooked my own rice.
Yes...coz breast milk is 80% water plus your body is made up of 80%. If you drink just enough for yourself, you won't have enough to make breast milk. I drank over 5L during my confinement period and always ended up having too much milk. These days, I notice if I dont't drink at least 3L a day, my milk is very little.
ok, think I get what you mean.. Ya I feel thirsty all the time during my confinement period but now I dont feel so easily thirsty when I pump more milk than before. Perhaps now o can take other fluid not only the red dates tea n those tonic soup that's y dont feel so warm this perspire so easily hence less thirsty..
Ok, I'll try to drink as much as possible... Thanks for your advice!
You're doing well mummy! Any amount of breastmilk is beneficial for your child. Every millitre contains antibodies!
I've read somewhere that a mother in famine conditions can continue to produce breastmilk for 6 months! Awesome! So, your diet is not going to affect how much breastmilk you produce. Supplementing with FM will though.
To increase supply of breast milk, some of my friends tried taking Fenugreek. I used to drink raw (green) papaya cooked with fish in a soup. Did wonders for me.
I also want to know why cannot eat cabbage? Is it cos' it will cause milk supply to decrease? or is there certain substance in cabbage tht is no good for baby?
1) Eating it and then breastfeeding would cause gases to build up in baby's tummy much like eating broccoli or cauliflower, especially when baby is in the early months
2) Place cold cabbage on your breasts during engorgement relieves the pain because cabbages has an enzyme which kinda stops flow (this is what I read in someone's blog). I'm not sure about cooking it and eating it though.
Last edited by diymummy; 11-03-2010 at 11:10 AM.
For (1) it applies to me. Although I loves cabbages I simply cant eat. I will have lotsa gas in my stomach n have tummy upset. Luckily I can still take broccoli(my fav!)
as for(2) I was also told that it will cause milk supply to dip although it can relieve pain from breast engorgement..
Last edited by iwan2noe; 11-03-2010 at 11:15 AM.
i ate alot of steam fish
Mummy breastfeeding pls note: dont't take liver as it happened to me, m milk flow reduce tremendously...
Take more fruits, fish n veggies. Most importantly keep yourself well hydrated so that your milk supply will be good
remember to pump regularly to have regular n good milk supply. The more you pump the more the brain will tell the body to produce more milk
hope this help
But it is better to latch on...milk supply will be even much more right?
I typically try to squeeze in a pumping session in between feeds. I find that it helps to increase supply (since the body is cueing in to the increase in 'demand' )
Also, can try drinking fish soup cooked with half ripened papaya. Apparently song fish (can get from supermarket) is one of the better types to use. And it's quite cheap too! Haha!
Otherwise, can try fenugreek? Available at health food stores.
Here's a recipe for the soup for your reference
Fish and papaya soup to boost milk supply
You're most welcome
I have a recipe for fish soup without papaya. Works fine for me. Let me know if you wld like to have it
oh..then i think it's becuz i did not drink enuff water ..i think less then 1 ltr a day..
now must drink alot alot ..else supply dried up ;(
Thanks everyone for the advise!