I promise some of you that I will write on how to increase your milk.. urrrmmm.. breast milk of course!
I have been breastfeeding my baby for the past 4 months plus.. I have to agree that it is quite challenging for us mommies to keep producing enough milk for our little angels.. I don’t know whether it is just me or my mom has really brain-washed me but I do notice that drinking cold water will significantly reduce my milk production (suddenly I feel like a cow!!) That’s my only no-no while breastfeeding.. Hurrmm.. not that I stick to it religiously, sometimes I do drink cold water but I take warm / hot water after that. That is just to make my guilt disappear.. Hahaha..
According to my mom who is full of petua (but somehow I have selective hearing towards her advices.. hehe.. sorry maa but I DO love you, you know..) if you eat daun turi and lobak putih (radish), it will help to increase your milk production.. it is not easy to find daun turi in KL.. or even at my parents place in Seremban.. my mom only managed to find it once.. and I find the turi is really nice, not as bitter as I imagine.. (or maybe I’m just full of imaginations) Radish is easily available in most hypermarket.. we always make vegetable soup added with radish.. quite plain actually but I would do anything for Bella.. so, telan jer lar..
Another advice from my mom is to drink Horlicks.. me, as usual will question her.. why maa?? why Horlicks? why not other drinks? do you have share with the Horlicks company? why Horlicks.. and her answer would be.. “minum jer lar jgn byk tanyer..” Despite the unsatisfactory answer from my mom, I still drink Horlicks everyday, in fact it is actually 3 times a day, everytime after meal (anything for Bella, remember?!) And yes, I do notice that my milk is a lot more that usual if I drink Horlicks.. but why?? After some reading and a little bit of gossiping ;) I found out that the secret is the content of Horlicks.. It contains MALT. Malt helps to increase the milk production naturally.. In fact, in New Zealand they feed their cows with malt to increase their milk production.. (Yes, we do function almost like cow here.. duhh! but of course in much more superior level!)
Sometimes I personally had to use the help of modern medicine as well.. When I went to Russia with my husband, we had to leave Bella with my parents in Seremban because she was too small to travel at that time. We went to Moscow exactly on my 44th day of confinement.. Because of the different time and jet-lagged and irregular pumping sessions, my milk production reduced by the time I come back to Malaysia.. Yes, I cried worrying that I might not be able to breastfeed her.. Drama a bit lor.. Hehehe.. At that time, I would do anything to help to increase my milk production.. Then I remembered some medicine that can help me to overcome my problems.. I have two options.. it is tab metochlorpromide (maxolon) 10mg tds OR tab motilium 1/1 bd.. If you’re wondering what lar this woman talking about… these two are the over-the-counter drugs that is easily available to help mommies out there.. But please ask you doctor before you take these two drugs.. Jangan memandai-mandai..
And one more last tips.. I believe everyone knows this one.. regular pumping session.. 2 hourly is the best!! Please.. pump!! The more you pump, the mammary gland will ‘think’ that they are running out of milk, so they will work hard and produce more.. urrmm.. you do realized that is just a metaphor right, trust me, there is a scientific explanation but too complicated!!
So, yes, that’s my advices to all mommies out there.. You can share it with other who are out of reach from this blog. It is good to share our knowledge with others, Allah loves people who shares their knowledges. To my maa, thank you for making it happen for me. Despite all the nagging (read: NASIHAT), you rock!! I love you!) Whoever has anymore petua or advices to share with other readers, please do write.. and I thank you in advance :)