[UPDATE: The link to my galactogogue experience is now incuded below]
So Im a leaky boob kinda girl. As in, when I feed my baby girl, its best I hold a cup under the other boob, so that I can catch all the milk that my rather overactive/multiple let-down(s) were pumping out. However, with the obvious drop in supply that I was going through, it was so low I was no longer even leaking. In fact, my let down wasn’t much to speak of any more. And took forever to even show itself – a lovely frustration for my little nursling who had come to enjoy the sudden gush of milk.
And come pump time, my glorious days of pumping out 200ml in less than 10min were long gone. I was only managing about 40ml in total. (which was even less than what I would collect in that cup from just leaking.) And dont talk about the mastitis-ruined boob, which was then only contributing about 15 of those 40ml.
But then, if you recall from my previous post, I found a recipe for lactation cookies, and I immediately got cracking in the kitchen. After just an
hour after consuming two dessert spoons of the raw cookie dough, I was back to my leaky self. Well, almost. That night, after feeding, there still wasn’t much happening in the way of a let-down or pumping, but by the next morning ( and about 2 sessions of eating 2 biscuits at a time) my supply had DOUBLED!
I poop you not. Doubled, my friends. Doubled.
I had gone from 40ml to 80ml in less than 24 hours. This was highly encouraging – as if I needed an actual reason to eat more cookies. I continued my diligent pumping sessions of about every five hours, along with my cookie munching schedule (tough job, I know).
Actually, it IS a bit tough when you have a demanding job, with plenty of meetings and still have to fit in a pump session or two. But I am determined to at least get through winter to ensure my baby girl has the best form of immunity to the bacteria and virus war land that is my toddler’s crèche.
By the end of day four, when I had consumed most of the cookies ( I may have made them a touch too big, and thus yielded less cookies than I should have), I believe I had hit my plateau. Maybe if I had more time and energy to truly put in a very good pumping schedule, I would have gotten back to my former milk supply glory. But I have to be realistic about my situation, and realities of life. This was the best I could just about manage, given my circumstances. Most importantly, it was doing the job – my honey bunch smally was not getting any of the bugs brought home by my biggy. Massive thanks to that star who posted that recipe! *mwah*
Now, I can confidently say these lactation cookies work like da bomb for me. (For the recipe I used and also where I found it, have a look here.) They worked much better than any other galactogogue Ive ever tried – and I think I may have tried 80% of them out there.(a post on that here!!) They even worked faster than what fenugreek capsules worked for me. However, these cookies went into super sayan mode when combined WITH fenugreek tablets. I did this with my second batch of cookies I made. I also upped the flaxseed meal by ½ tablespoon and the brewers yeast by about a teaspoon. So if you’re in need of milk supply turbo boost, this combo could just be the thing that does it for you.
For even more supportive results, have a look-see at the original site from whence this recipe comes. Clearly Im not a once off case., which is also evident by the comments I received on my original posting of this lactation cookie recipe. Scroll down to the comments area of that post here, if you’re interested in what a few others had to say.
Just remember whatever you choose to use to help increase your supply, understand that breastmilk supply works purely on “supply and demand” basis. So if you’re not constantly and regulalry having the milk removed from the breast, whether by baby feeding or through expressing (thereby creating the “demand”), your breasts will get the message that there’s not much of a demand, therefore will start to decrease the supply. Yes, adding a pumping regime can be tiring, and depending on your circumstances, sometimes just not feasible. But if you’re deadset on getting your milk supply up or even to just it going, this very basic principle is whats going to get your milk back up there. The galactogogues just help you along.
Happy leaking, ladies!