I admire moms and praise doctors who advocate breastfeeding. My almost 6-month old baby Ivor is still breastfed until now..and yes hopefully past one year. For my firstborn Maia, I only breastfed her for 3 months because when I went back to work, I didn’t believe I could express enough milk for her. But now, with some help of fellow mamas pushing for breastfeeding, there has to be sacrifice on my part. I joined breastfeeding forums and groups and learned a lot. It’s a decision to make and it’s doable even for working moms who are away for 8 hours or more. Invest in a good pump. You can actually save more than buying formula milk.
I’m not a lactation expert, but I want to share these drinks I’ve tried which helped me increase my milk supply.
I recently tried this M2 Malunggay concentrate tea drink that I got from Naturearth. For me, it helped add a few ounces from my usual output. It’s P250 per 1 liter, mixing 4 tablespoons to a cup of water – hot or cold. I prefer it cold. They used muscovado sugar in the concentrate.
Malunggay is high source of beta-carotene, calcium, iron, potassium.
Okra- contains- Zinc, Vit A, Vit K.
Luya – potassium and magnesium.
Another discovery is the Oishi Oaties Milk (P71.50 at SM). It doesn’t have oats in it and it tastes like evaporated milk. So so creamy that’s why I add it in my coffee or chia seeds soaked overnight. What’s nice, you can share it with your toddlers and kids too.
Milo is a popular recommendation in breastfeeding groups because of the malt content.
Here’s the trick, it’s not enough to just drink all these galactogogues and wait for your milk to drip. Whenever you are at home, breastfeed your baby without time limit. Unlilatch they say. The more you feed the more milk will be produced. And pump every two to three hours.
Breastfeeding creates a bond between you and your baby. Remember when you’re nursing and your baby looks right into your eyes? Priceless!