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Maintaining My Milk Supply + A Giveaway!

Increase my Milk Supply, Mothers Milk Tea, Oat Mama Bars

 

Lawson had an unexplained weight loss when he was 5 months old. After a couple of stressful months, we figured out my milk supply had deceased. He wasn’t getting enough to eat, almost 20 ounces less than he needed. This time around, I’ve been more proactive with maintaining my supply. In addition to our traditional pediatrician, Sybil also sees a naturopathic pediatrician. The naturopathic pediatrician has been hugely helpful with Sybil’s stomach issues and providing recommendations for me to maintain my supply.

 

My initial goal with both Lawson and Sybil was to breastfeed them for six months. When we reached that milestone, I changed it to 9 months. These are the 4 things I’ve been doing to maintain or increase my milk supply. Sybil is almost 8 months old and still gaining weight like a champ so it’s working!

 

Oat Mama Bars

I came across Oat Mama on Instagram when I was breastfeeding Lawson. With Sybil I started eating them within the first month or two. I’ve consistently been eating them every day or so, usually as a snack. My current favorites are the creamy peanut butter chip. Now the best part of today’s post…head over to Instagram for an Oat Mama giveaway!

 

Water

I’ll admit drinking at least 75 ounces of water a day is hard for me. I love my Swell water bottles to keep it ice cold. It’s a daily goal of mine to drink enough water. I may fall short most days, but I keep trying.

 

Lactation Tea

The naturopathic pediatrician recommended Mother’s Milk tea. I rotate between Mother’s Milk and milkmakers lactation tea and try to start off my day with a cup and sometimes end the day with another. I prefer the taste of the milkmakers tea, but I drink both of them.

 

Supplements

Our naturopathic pediatrician also recommended Gaia Galactagogue formula supplements to help with my supply. I take 2 capsules a day and notice an immediate difference when I take them.

 

Lastly, while it hasn’t been an actual strategy, I do think Sybil’s lack of sleeping through the night has actually helped to maintain my supply. I’m not sure I would choose waking up multiple times a night for 8 months, but I try to remind myself that it seems to be helping.

 

Don’t forget to head over to Instagram to win a 7-pack of Oat Mama bars!

 

You may also enjoy: my breastfeeding story part I and part II

Dairy-Free Meals for Breastfeeding Mamas

When Lawson was born, I tried to limit dairy for the first month since I had read a lot of babies are sensitive to dairy. Come to find out, Lawson can eat pretty much anything.

With Sybil, I started out the same by limiting dairy. I cut out milk, butter, yogurt and cheese. We quickly discovered Sybil had a more sensitive stomach. She struggled with painful reflux and gas and still does at seven months old. I never imagined I’d be limiting dairy for so long. (I say limiting rather than eliminating since dairy is in so many items. I try my best not to cook with dairy but realize there’s likely some in items I eat when out.)

I’ve found a few go to dairy free meals that have become mainstays in our weekly rotation. Here are my favorites:

 

Crockpot Italian Turkey Meatballs (served with spaghetti squash)

 

 

Korean Beef over Rice

 

Dairy Free Meals

 

Rosemary Chicken, Bacon and Avocado Salad

Dairy Free Meals

 

Chinese Green Beans with Turkey

Dairy Free Meals

 

 

Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas

Dairy Free Meals

 

 

Slow Cooker Chicken Burrito Bowls

Dairy Free Meals

 

Slow Cooker Chicken (served with roasted carrots, broccoli and potatoes)

Dairy Free Meals

 

What’s your favorite dairy-free recipe? I’m always looking for something new!

Mitera Collection

Mitera Collection

 

If you’ve been around these parts for awhile, you may recall that I froze my eggs several years ago as a way to preserve my fertility. Earlier this week, I shared my story on the Mitera Collection blog. If you’re interested in hearing more, you can read the full article here. And if you know anyone that might be in a similar situation, please send it along. I am passionate about sharing my experience! If you have any specific questions, feel free to email me at erica@luvinthebubble.com. I would love to help.

 

And if you’re pregnant or nursing and need to step up your clothing game, be sure to check out Mitera. The Ellen dress is my fav!

Family Lifestyle Session

Newborn Lifestyle Photos

 

After Sybil was born in August, it was the perfect excuse to take newborn lifestyle photos! We had our first professional session taken the year before with Lawson. Afterwards we decided documenting our family each year was important to us. I couldn’t love the photos more and wanted to share them with you, as well as my tips for successful family photos.

 

Tips for Successful Family Photos

  1. Gather inspiration
    • I searched Pinterest for newborn photos and pinned my favorites to a secret board
  2. Decide on the type of shoot you want (indoor or out, home or destination, posed or in the moment/lifestyle)
    • Jim and I looked at my Pinterest board to help us decide what we liked best
  3. Find a photographer that specializes in the type of shoot you want
    • Instagram is a great place to find a photographer. Search hashtags or look for photo credits on bloggers you already follow
  4. Determine the color scheme for your outfits
    • Since Sybil was a newborn, I wanted soft neutrals and decided on grey, cream and blue with a little pink thrown in for the star
  5. Pick mom’s outfit first, followed by the kids and finally dad
    • Dressing a post-baby body is no joke so I concentrated on me first
    • Gap, Zara and H&M are great places for kids clothing
  6. Decide the timing that works best for you
    • The best time for newborn photos is within the first 10 days since babies are still sleepy
    • From Lawson’s birth, I knew recovery would take me longer so we decided to wait until Sybil was 8-12 weeks old
    • Think about the time of day that has the best lighting in your house, as well as when your kids are least likely to be cranky
  7. Have fun!
    • If you’re stressed, it will show in the photos. Lawson and Sybil were both fussy at times during our session, but that’s our normal life!

 

We loved our photographer, Lauren J Photography, and would highly recommend her. She’s coming out with a pregnancy package with shoots for maternity, hospital, newborn and first birthday. I love this idea and think she’s pretty brilliant!

 

Newborn Lifestyle Photos

Newborn Lifestyle Photos

Newborn Lifestyle Photos

Newborn Lifestyle Photos Newborn Lifestyle Photos

Newborn Lifestyle Photos

Newborn Lifestyle Photos

 

photos by Lauren J. Photography