Babies are not hard to understand. Because they cannot talk, they cry to communicate their concern: an empty stomach, a wet or dirty diaper, cold feet, or just a need for a cuddle or hug. They also have gestures – cute or otherwise – that have messages on them. Having been blessed to look after three gorgeous boys somehow guides me to read Yael’s gestures and cries.
Archives for April 25, 2016
Hello, belly button 🙂
For nine months, we are connected by this cord, transporting oxygen and nutrients from me to you. It has become our faithful lifeline, providing you with life itself.
My morning starts with this — I get the most milk first thing in the morning, around 4:30am.
I am thankful that I have enough milk to feed my baby. So whenever I see Yael puts his hands in his mouth or acts like he is sucking, I readily prepare myself for our breastfeeding session. And after each session, I would pump more milk as I’ve read that it’s advisable to pump after nursing to stimulate milk production.
To increase my milk supply, I do the following:
16 days after giving birth to you, I was in panic mode. My milk supply dwindled. Gone was the feeling of having two boulders full of milk on my chest. The leaking stopped tremendously, and soaking through breast pads were not anymore a problem.
My fear? My milk production has gone down. What could have possibly caused the sudden change?
I’ve read that mental and physical stress can decrease the supply of breastmilk. I have been tired and anxious for a couple of days, perhaps because of lack of sleep and the pressure of household chores plus supervising three schoolboys. Might it be that stress?
My mother, on the other hand, told me that it may be because of the sinigang soup I ate and drank; the sourness of sinigang caused the decrease of milk supply, as relayed to her by a concerned neighbor. Is there some truth to it?
So for nursing mommies like me who might have experienced the same anxiety, fret not. In truth, our milk supply did not dwindle but has been regulated.