If there’s one thing I really love about that first year of motherhood, it’s breastfeeding. There’s something so magical about creating all of the nutrients that your baby will need, at least, through those first six months before solids are introduced. It’s so incredible to watch your own body adjust to the needs of your growing child and it’s equally fascinating to see them grow as a result.
I’m proud to say that I’ve breastfed all four of my children, so far, with each child staying on the breast a little longer than the last. Even after 12 years, little Caleb was born and I immediately knew what to do and I was so relieved that he was such an eager eater. While most babies lose about 10% of their body weight before they are discharged from the hospital, he only lost about 1%. While many babies are just returning to their birth weight by their first checkup, he had already regained the few ounces and then some! We joked that I was making heavy cream instead of milk.
I wasn’t being cocky and I wasn’t judging the journeys of other moms. Trust me, I didn’t last very long with my first child either! She had her share of formula! I was just so excited that, after all these years (and being told I was a geriatric pregnancy over and over again), my body was still doing what it needed to do to provide for my little one.
I was devastated, therefore, when my milk supply suddenly tanked.
Sure, I was working outside of the home once a week and it definitely was affecting me but I didn’t think it could do that much damage. It turns out that it was compounded by the fact that I was pregnant with twins and didn’t know it yet. Some women experience a drop in their milk supply if they become pregnant again and, sadly, I was one of those women. I wept. I won’t even lie. I cried my eyes out looking at my sweet boy who was tugging at my shirt, whining for his milkies. Would I have to end our breastfeeding adventure before either of us was ready? Fortunately, no.
I searched all over the internet for a solution. It was then that I discovered that pregnancy hormones could cause a drop in milk production so we took a test. I sat there, eyeballing those two lines in stunned disbelief. It wasn’t a moment of celebration and elation. I was way too shocked for that. Rather than address it, I continued my search armed with new information. Surely, there had to be something an expectant mother could do to plump up her supply!? That’s when I found it.
Motherlove is a company that produces several varieties of herbal supplements aimed at women who need to increase their flow. Cautiously optimistic, I looked at the reviews on Amazon (most were absolutely glowing) and decided to order it.
I chose the More Milk Two formula because it is specifically designed for pregnant women who are still nursing. One of the things that is absent from this version is the Fenugreek, a substance that is often discouraged for use during pregnancy. I used my Prime membership to get it here as quickly as possible and took the recommended dose (there’s even a dosage for plus size mommies-to-be!).
I didn’t want to get my hopes up too much but, around the 24-hour mark, I definitely felt more snug in my nursing bra. Within three days, Caleb was back to having to pace himself, choking occasionally, when my milk would let down. Here we are two months later and I’m still taking it and loving every minute of it.
It’s a liquid and it comes with a dropper. Some people complained on Amazon about the taste but I think it’s pretty good. It just takes like honey with some herbs in it to me or some sort of herbal tea but everyone has their own idea of what’s unsavory. Either way, even if you have to choke it down, it’s totally worth it, in my opinion. The only thing is that you can’t drink more than 1-2 ounces of fluid within 15 minutes before or after taking it but it’s a small price to pay in order to keep breastfeeding.
Have you ever had a drop in your supply? What did you do?