W and I are reaching 3 months of exclusive breastfeeding and still navigating our way through it all. My husband and O got sick after our exciting Thanksgiving weekend. I started to feel like I was going to get sick so I quickly loaded up on vitamin C and fluids (along with sanitizing anything and everything O sneezed on) to make sure I didn’t get sick myself. I did notice that I was dipping in terms of milk supply so I knew I had to step in with Plan B. I’ve been munching on these Milkmakers cookies and taking Euphoric Herbals Dairy Diva capsules since Sunday and so far have been seeing good results.
I purchased both the Milkmakers cookies and the Euphoric Herbals bundle in anticipation of getting sick, going back to work, or just anything else that may cause a bump in our breastfeeding journey. Both products I researched for a couple of weeks prior to even considering purchasing. I had originally been taking Motherlove capsules to help with the growth spurts W was having but was not seeing any change in my milk supply. The Milkmakers cookies I just happened to stumble upon on Amazon while the Euphoric Herbals I found through Instagram.
I knew that this whole breastfeeding journey would be a hit or miss process. It’s not to say that all these products would work for everyone. Just for me personally, the combination of the two has helped not only maintain my supply but has also allowed me to pump to store for emergencies. I think it is so easy to get frustrated when you wish to exclusively breastfeed and products that are bought do not seem to work. I have been in the frustrated state myself, especially with O, after trying fenugreek capsules, blessed thistle capsules, and incorporating malunggay in my diet at the very least. This time around, I knew I would need to remind myself that it would not be a clear path the whole way.
There is so much more to ensuring milk supply other than trying breastfeeding aids. Diet and pumping are other things to consider. Breastfeeding was so intimidating and sometimes still is. I think we sometimes just want to find a clear-cut process when something gets difficult or doesn’t turn out the way we want it to. I just keep reminding myself to take it one day at a time, there is always a solution, and the most important thing is to put W’s health first. We’re going to keep taking these breastfeeding curveballs as they come.