Spring has sprung and there are plenty of new babes out and about.
If you’re struggling with your milk supply, you should definitely ask your maternal child health nurse for advice, or for a referral to a lactation consultant. If you don’t love your MCHN, your obstetrician, paediatrician or GP should also be able to refer you to a great lactation consultant in your area.
A few things that helped for me during times of low supply include:
- Increasing water intake (can’t make milk without it)
- Having a bath with baby and increasing skin contact generally
- Expressing for 5 mins directly after a feed
- Rest (ha!)
I’ve had a few people ask for a lactation biscuit recipe to help boost their breast milk supply, so I thought I’d share it here!
1 cup butter
1 cup coconut sugar
1 cup rice malt syrup
4 tbsp water
2 tbsp flaxseed meal*
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups wholemeal spelt flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
3 cups oats*
1 cup dark chocolate chips
3 tbsp brewer’s yeast*
*These are the active ingredients, so don’t skip them!
- Preheat oven to 180°C.
- Mix the flaxseed meal and water and sit for 5 mins.
- Cream butter, coconut sugar and rice malt syrup.
- Add eggs and mix well.
- Beat through flaxseed mix and vanilla.
- Add flour, brewer’s yeast, baking soda and salt.
- Stir through oats and chocolate chips.
- Scoop onto baking sheet.
- Bake for 12 mins or until golden brown.
- Let set for a couple of minutes and then cool on baking rack.
I’m extremely glad my early breastfeeding days are behind me! All I can say is that it gets better with practise. Good luck to all the new mamas out there – you’re doing an awesome job.
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