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Pump with me talks episode 1

It's 12:15am and I did not want to pump but here I am pumping away. Kids have been asleep for hours but momma needed some alone time and to get work done on my upcoming website launch. I am 3 and 1/2 months postpartum and I have come so close to just quitting my breastfeeding journey but I am pushing myself 2 and 1/2 more months till he's 6 months old and then from there maybe decide to push it another 3 months till he's 9 months old. I have been really slacking on the pumping lately so my goal this weekend is to get back on a good pumping and nursing schedule, hydration and sufficient calorie intake. Staying on a good schedule is very helpful with a good supply breastfeeding because it's really based on supply and demand, your body regulates by how much milk it thinks you need for your baby by how often you pump or nurse. Hydration is also very important for milk supply so go buy yourself a big water jug and make it a goal to drink 1 or 2 a day. I also drink body armor drinks and add coconut water to them, if you are not a fan of coconut I really can't taste it much in just the body armor drinks. Another excellent way to improve supply is to eat enough calories but not just eating junk food, eating healthy nutrients to give your body energy and natural vitamins and things your body needs. I know I get so fatigued and run down most of the time during this breastfeeding journey but keeping energy bars and healthy snacks around the house really makes a difference. Some good ideas on foods to eat that improve supply are: sweet potatoes, eggs, chicken, oatmeal, dark greens, salmon, avocado, chickpeas, barley, brewers yeast. So to break it down, high protein foods, omega 3s, good fats, and yes beer. I promise if you just drink 1 beer a day with a low milk supply your milk will increase and once you establish a good supply it is much easier to keep it once it's established. It's ok to have a day you need to rest more or have a missed pump session, nothing is wrong with that. Staying well rested and staying healthy mentally is very important just as much as the hydration and nutrition. Thank you to those who actually followed along and read my blog, I will be posting more in the future. I will talk more about breastfeeding, postpartum, just mom life things, and whatever pops in my head that I feel like discussing.

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