My Pumping “Schedule” And how I am able to stash 20 ounces a day.

To start, I am not a lactation consultant and do not consider myself any sort of “expert”. I am just a mom currently exclusively breastfeeding my second who likes to talk about this stuff and share my journey. I will always advise that you contact a lactation consultant for any struggles you may be having. 

With my first, I got off to a rough start pumping. I was not sure what I was doing, I started weeks after she was born, and I was frustrated that a 20-minute pumping session was only getting me 1-2 ounces. How was I ever going to build a stash? What I learned was that yielding small amounts does not mean you have a low supply. It means your supply is meeting what your baby needs and if you want to make more to stash, it takes time and work. There was a lot of trial and error, tears, wanting to quit, hating the pump, but eventually I found a rhythm. I successfully breastfed Josie for 2.5 years and prior to returning to work build a stash that I was able to maintain by pumping. Now I know a lot more this time around so I want to share my current schedule (this will change my babies eating habits changes and when he takes a bottle). 

The first thing I learned was that your supply is established in the first two weeks of breastfeeding. It will adapt and change as your babies eating habits change. But those first two weeks are critical. If you really want to build a stash you should start pumping right away. Finn is 7 weeks old and has not had a bottle yet. I will likely introduce one in a few weeks. This means everything I pump is for the freezer right now. Everyone introduces bottles at different times. I want him to be able to take a bottle if I need to be away from him. Like when I return to work. But for now I want him exclusively on the breast. I fear that introducing a bottle too early would deter him from my breast and then I would be pumping even more! I like the convenience of being able to feed him whenever, not heat up or wash bottles, and babies are able to empty your breasts better than a pump, so continuing to feed him from me as much as possible is better for the supply!  We’ll get there when it feels right. 

For pumping this time around I use three different pumps. I use the Medela Pump in Style Double Electric Pump, the Medela Hand Pump, and the Haaka Pump. It may seem like a lot but the way I use them depends on the time of day. The goal is the same…collect milk, empty my breasts, and maintain my supply.  

I’ll start with the double pump. I use this first thing in the morning (after I feed Finn) I am so full in the morning and when he eats early (between 5-6) he usually only takes a little bit and falls back asleep. I pump for 15-20 minutes and really massage everything out. Make sure you have a pumping bra so you can be hands free. I usually eat my breakfast and scroll social media while I pump. I get a lot of milk (well a lot for me) in this session. Usually 8-10 ounces. 

If you follow me on instagram you know I love this pump!

Next I use the Haakaa pump. Right after getting my first one I immediately bought a second. With two kids the less I need to wash things the better. I use them in my two morning feeding sessions. I feed Finn on one side and use the Haakaa pump on the other side. I usually collect three ounces a session in the morning. I put them in the fridge and combine them once they are cooler. I then wash them out so they are ready for the afternoon feeding sessions. I use them both again for the afternoon feeds and then I am don with the haakaa. For his nighttime feeds I want to limit how much milk I am making. This is because eventually if he sleeps longer at night I want to sleep too. I want my body to learn to make just what he needs. 

Now comes the hand pump…this pump is great to have on hand if you are away from your baby. For example, if I run to the grocery store I can keep it in my car and pump if needed. Due to Covid, we do not go many places so I mostly use this pump over night. I feed Finn and put him down. If he sleeps a long stretch I will wake up with very full boobs so this pump comes in handy to relieve that feeling. I pump just enough to feel comfortable (usually around 2-3 am) and if he wakes up I feed him what he needs. I usually collect 3-4 ounces and throw the whole pump in the fridge and worry about storage in the morning. Also remember if you cant make it to the fridge breast milk can sit out so you can easily put this on the night stand and put in the fridge hours later. 

Eventually when he takes a bottle my pumping schedule will change. When I return to work it will change. When my stash is full it will change. But this is what works for me. I am able to store about 20 ounces a day (give or take), which has let me store almost 1.000 ounces so far. Good luck on your breastfeeding/ journey! If you have any other tips send them my way! 


Crock Pot Turkey and bean chiLI

This recipe is a fall staple in our household. Simple to make and tastes delicious. Once the school year starts, Sunday’s become my sacred day. I need simplicity as I mentally prepare for the week ahead. Part of that is making simple dinners that I can prep in morning and then do not have to think about the rest of the day. I love a good crock pot meal for two reasons: I can prep it in the morning and usually whatever I make gives us leftovers as we ease into the work week making lunches and dinner easier. This recipe will also make your home smell delicious on a cool fall day!

You will need:

A crock pot

Garbonzo beans

Black beans

Kidney beans

1 large jar of crushed tomatoes (or crush your own 3-4 if you choose that route)

1 pound ground turkey

1 large onion

1 green pepper

2tsp cumin

2tsp chili poweder

garlic powder, seasoned salt, paprika, and pepper to taste.

Steps:

  1. Turn your crockpot setting to low.

2. Brown your turkey (I always add turmeric when I cook turkey. Usually 2 tsp)

3. Layer your beans (order does not matter)

4. Add your crushed tomatoes

5. Layer your browned turkey

6. Top with your chopped onion and pepper

7. Finish with your seasonings.

DO NOT STIR. KEEP LAYERED AS IT COOKS.

And that is it! Let it cook on low for 8 hours (bump it to high if your are pressed for time)

Stir 30 minutes before serving and let it cook a little longer after stirring.

Add some shredded cheese, tortilla chips, top on a hot dog, or just enjoy plain! Happy crock pot season!

xoxo

Mel


“You Cannot live in fear” (except that I do…Every day)

At the beginning of the lockdown it seemed most people I know were abiding by the guidelines of staying home within your germ pod to slow the spread, not overwhelm hospitals, and keep our vulernable safe. I stayed home because I could. My job shifted to remote, and we were able to contain ourselves in our germ pod and do our part.

As the world starts to open back up, I have a hard time following suit. I still very much feel how I felt in March. I want to stay home, I do not want this virus, and I am not ready to get back to “normal”. This doesn’t mean I haven’t done certain things. I have gone to stores, I have seen extended family and friends, and even attended a shower and wedding for my sister. My job is still remote (for now) and I feel most comfortable staying home. Even after a gathering or event, I want to quickly retreat back to my bubble.

My feelings have led others around me to utter those five words “you cannot live in fear”. Can I though? Truthfully that is how I have lived for years, pre-covid. I do not live in fear because of covid; covid is just another thing I fear.

After I had Josie I sought treatment for Postpartum Depression. In one therapy session I remember expressing my fear of diseases and illness. I was eventually diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. My obsession was the ailment. It could range from rashes, to headaches, moles on my skin, a weird cough, asthma symptoms. It didn’t matter. If there was something new to notice I would obsess about it. Eventually that obsession would lead to the compulsion. Googling every symptom and leading myself to the worst case scenario every time. Making excessive doctor appoitnemtns (pre-covid), and generally not allowing myself to enjoy things until I exhausted all those resources and gained some peace of mind. Add a baby and another pregnancy to the mix and well, you can imagine where my mind goes.

Having an ongoing novel virus that spreads easily still lurking silently means constantly obsessing. I obsess about every sniffle or scratchy throat. I have asthma so any symptom leads me to the worse case scenario. Covid is just another thing I am scared about. Another thing to obsess over. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder can look very different for everyone. I did not start noticing my obsessions until my mid twenties. I do not need to tap the door 7 times before I leave the house, or exit a room the exact same way. When I was first diagnosed I honestly would have never thought I had OCD because my perception of the disorder was much different then what existed for me.

I do not like living in fear or having these thoughts. Coping with them is a challenge every day. Writing helps (hi that is why I am here) and hearing from others helps me build a community that makes me feel less alone. To the people that tell me “you have to move on” or ” we can’t stay in bubbles forever” I invite you into my brain. It is chaos in there so you probably won’t stay long. This is nothing new. Just add covid to the list! And yes, I know this isn’t sustainable. Eventually I will be back in my classroom teaching. Eventually I will dine in a restaurant again. But I still feel like I have a responsibility to keep my guard up and do my part in my community. I stay home still because I can, and others cannot. I let my guard down to see people that are important to me while asking them screening questions like I am doctors office. I re-entered the grocery shopping world. But mostly where my mind can relax the most is when I am home. So for now, this is where I will be (most of the time).


Fill Your Cup!

Being a mom means putting the needs of others before myself. From the moment Josie wakes up my whole world revolves around her. I find when I do have “breaks” I spend them frantically trying to accomplish something. Dishes, laundry, brush my teeth! Before I know it the nap is over or my husband has to get back to work. Last month I was chatting with my therapist and discussing1597700944.840689-E47ABAB3-81E4-4E67-8A38-BA4C43F7F8DF how quarantine has felt like those first days (months) of motherhood. The isolation, the slowed down pace, and the time to think. She asked me what I do for myself during the day. As I thought of my answer I realized how little I actually do for myself and how easy it is to forget about your own needs. 

As we chatted she started giving me suggestions on how to ensure that every day I get to take a step back from motherhood and do something I want to do, not something I need to do. As any mom knows, finding that time is difficult, but it is possible. You just have to make yourself a priority.

  1. Find the right time of day.

I know by the end of the day I have nothing left. It isn’t fair for me to dedicate my time to after bedtime because I know I have no energy. The best time of day for me is before everyone wakes up. Waking up an hour plus before everyone else in the house gives me peace. It allows me to start on some work for the day, get a workout in, enjoy a cup of coffee, and actually get myself ready without a toddler wanting to get into everything in my bathroom. 

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Early morning workouts are tough, but I always feel better.

2. Don’t use breaks in the day to complete housework.

Josie will nap about an average of two hours. I was finding that I was putting her down and jumping right into housework and then before I knew it she was awake. I may have accomplished folding laundry, vacuuming, or emptying the dishwasher but I never took the time to focus on me. I have made that first hour of her nap me time. Whether it is napping myself, doing a face mask, exercising, or reading, I am at least spending part of her nap time doing something that makes me feel good, and if her nap is cut short I sacrificed the house work, not the me time.

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3. Find the things you like to do versus what you need to do!

I like to write (hence the blog), I also enjoy reading and knitting. I try to use the “me” time to do one of those three things. I try to not go down the rabbit hole of scrolling social media because before I know it I have wasted too much time.

4. Focus on (and invest in) your health!

In addition to incorporating daily yoga and some pre-natal workouts, my therapist suggested I try the headspace app (a wellness and mediation app) and commit to using it once a day. I will admit, I have tried meditation in the past and I never stick with it. Like any skill, you need to be consistently using it in order for it to become habitual and for you to master it. I started the free two-week trial and was certain I would cancel before the $70 a year bill kicked in, because *gasp* how could I spend that much money on it. But I ended up loving it. The thing I love the most about headspace is how small you can start. I am still doing the three minute meditations every day over a month in, but this is what is working for me. I am working on consistency and quality. I am working on making meditation a habit. And the cost? What is funny to me is that I have no problem spending that money on a meal out or even a round of drinks (pre-covid, pre-pregnancy) but when it comes time to invest in something that may help me I was hesitant and resistant to pay the money (can anyone else relate?) Yes in terms of an app, it certainly is pricey, however I am finding it is the coaching I need to become someone who can start to master meditation, and it is working!

5. Be kind to yourself.

Maybe you missed the workout because you slept in (you needed it), maybe the laundry is piling up (you’ll get to it). Be easy on you! You will have superhero days where you get it all done and you will have human days where something has to be sacrificed. What I have learned through motherhood is that you can’t give if you don’t give to yourself. You are more important then some clean clothes sitting in the dryer and your health and well being should always be prioritized (easier said than done, I know). We cannot pour from an empty cup. Find times daily to fill that cup.


Swaddles and Sleepsacks, Oh My!

“You should always lay them on their backs”…

I will never forget a nurse saying this to me our second night in the hospital. But I knew back was best and I am almost certain that through my exhaustion I had put her down on her back. Only my second night in and I already felt like a failure. It was not until a few nights later that I put her to sleep, on her back, all swaddled up and I watched her kicked her legs in the air and roll over on her side, sound asleep. Wait, what? Aren’t they not supposed to roll yet?

Josie, from the beginning, was a side sleeper. It goes to show you that no matter how prepared you think you are, the babies will lead the way. Everyone has different opinions about swaddling and sleepsacks, but I did like the idea of a wearable blanket and something that still sort of swaddled her. No longer feeling comfortable with a full swaddle we transitioned to sleepsack really quick so her arms could be free while she slept.

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Josie, a few weeks old, sleeping on her side.

I went with the Halo sleepsack. I really liked the first stages of this one because they still had the option to fully swaddle. We chose to take the arm part and secure it around her torso. I liked that that the sleep sack still provided a blanket for her and kept her all snuggled up, while keeping her arms free. Another thing I like about the Halo Sleepsack is that it continues to grow with your child. At 2 years old now she still sleeps one. Once you are in the 6 month plus size it is no longer a swaddle and just a sleepsack.

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The sleep sack was dog approved. The baby? Well he came around! 

No matter what size she was in I always had at least two in her size in case of an accident. I used it for naps and her night sleep (still do).  They offer fleece, regular cotton, and light muslin so you can use it in any season or conditions. In the summer months the muslin one came in handy.

Regardless of what you go with just remember you can read the books, buy the swaddle blankets, and practice on dolls but remember the babies will lead the way and the good news is there are a lot of options!

 

 


You’re Still Breastfeeding?

Will I be breastfeeding forever?

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Post nursing beach nap! Nothing better. And she’s hanging on tight! 

Right now I sort of think yes! I mean I know it won’t be forever, but I am starting to wonder if my “she’ll wean when she’s ready plan” is starting to expire. My goal was to try breastfeeding. Trying turned into three months, three months turned into making when she started food, and once we hit nine months the goal changed to making it to a year. At 11 months old she started to self wean and all my stars were aligned. I had enough of a stash to make it and I was so ready to be done nursing and pumping. And then a stomach bug hit her and she started right back up again! This all coincided with my summer break (I am a teacher) and it felt like I was back in the newborn phase. Nursing on demand, nursing in the middle of the night, and no sign of weaning in sight.

Now I am back to work and without her “milky” on demand she seems fine in my absence. She napping well and is totally off bottles. She will nurse in the morning and when I get home in the evening. She will also nurse before bed. The night feedings have stopped and here I am hoping she will start to lose interest again. She isn’t getting much (I am not pumping or producing much) so it mostly for comfort. The plus is that she is still getting breast milk well into her second year. The downside, I am over it! I have hopes of having another baby, maybe soon, and know that this cycle will start all over again. For a short time I would just like my body back.

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The early days, where the pump was never far from us! 

I still wish that she would make the call. I always said I wanted her to lead the way. I am still following that lead but starting think I may have to take the first step to this weaning process. Breastfeeding my daughter has been the hardest, most demanding thing I have ever done. It has also been beautiful and sacred. I am taking one day at a time for now and still have my fingers crosses that she will take the lead. But man, I am ready to be done!


The “Flexitarian” Mindset

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This book is an excellent resource for anyone looking to transition to a more plant based diet. 

For several years I was suffering from digestive issues. Annoying yes, but I always seemed to just manage and ignore them. After all they would come and go and some of the issues didn’t last long. This past March, those issues were so extreme and becoming more frequent I called my doctor. Her advice? Cut out dairy. So I did. Cold turkey. I was already using almond milk in my coffee so that didn’t matter. I would miss the cheese though…

I also decided if I was no longer consuming dairy then I could also adopt a vegan diet. I had tried vegetarian diets in the past (of course not vegan because I couldn’t give up that cheese) and now that dairy was no longer in my life I decided it was time to try going vegan. I didn’t ease into it. I didn’t cut certain things out one by one. I went grocery shopping and decided to longer consume anything that came from an animal. This is what I do. I started training for my first marathon without ever even running a 5k. I picked up knitting needles and instead of knitting in a straight line I was knitting in the round with complex patterns. I kind of go all in on things. And most of the time my passion fizzles out and I get back to “normal”. However I did run that marathon.

Well no surprise here. My all or nothing vegan diet lasted about two weeks. Then I was back to having turkey tacos and grilled chicken. I stuck to the no dairy and felt amazing. As my old diet crept back in I now had something to compare my lifestyle to. I felt amazing eating a vegan diet. I was eating more whole foods. More fruits and vegetables. I had more energy. I was getting creative with my cooking. And even though I slipped back into some carnivore meals, I was still eating mostly plants.

My mom took note of my new diet and got me the book “Mostly Plants”. It really spoke to where I was. I wanted to eat more fruits and vegetables and less food that came from animals. This cookbook was exactly where I was in my struggle.

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I try to make fruit the first thing I put in my body in the morning. The digestive benefits are amazing and it sets the tone for my choices throughout the day. 

I now realize that my all or nothing mind set will continue to set me up to fail. For many reasons I want to go vegan. First, I am having a harder and harder time separating my feelings of empathy for animals and also consuming them. I have read books and watched documentaries and those are enough to make you want to quit eating animals, and anything that comes from them. I want so badly to be fully plant based, and I know eventually I will get there. However in order to be successful I know my all or nothing approach is not the best bet. So here I am eating a lot more plants, still eating eggs, and shrimp and, *gasp* chicken here and there. I haven’t had red meat or pork since I started this journey. I am being easy on myself and not letting my vegan “failures” consume me anymore. My progress is still making a difference whether that be for the planet, the animals, or my over health and my family’s health.

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Rice bowls are my go to. This one is brown rice, corn, arugula, peppers, tomatoes, avocado, and I topped it with “Green Goddess” vegan dressing from Trader Joes. 

So today I would consider myself a “flexitarian”. On the rare occasion that I consume animal products I am letting it go quickly and not harping on it. I am also finding that when I do consume meat my taste for it is changing. I am easing into it! I Am not throwing away leather handbags or shoes, but I will be more conscious of what I buy going forward. Making a big lifestyle change is hard and you will “mess up”. What I am learning is that it is okay to not be perfect. We’ll get there.


When The Sun Came Up… Six tips for surviving your first night home with a newborn.

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Last weekend we were away and Josie has a hard time sleeping in a new place on the first night. So I wasn’t surprised when she wanted to start her day at 4am. We shuffled into the living room where she had room to play and I anxiously waited for the dark to turn to day. That moment I was reminded of our first night home with her…

I have seen a few beautiful sunrises in my life. They are rare because I am usually sleeping. Early morning airport trips, our honeymoon in Kauai…those are rare moments where you actually see the sunrise.

But there was no sunrise I will cherish more than the morning after our first night home with our baby. I didn’t actually see the Sun. Just the night turning to day. The relief of knowing our first night was done was a feeling I wish I could bottle up forever. I was practically giddy. It meant I could start the coffee. It meant other people were also up. It meant we had survived and the challenges she brought us that day were happening when we were supposed to be awake. That first night home was one of the hardest of my life. It was nothing like I expected. She wouldn’t let me put her down, she was nursing like crazy, and I was full of self-doubt.

Thinking back on how hard that night was there were some things I would definitely do differently. There were also some things I did that were helpful. I wanted to share some things that will help you make it through that first night.

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  1. Take the Help.

This was a piece of advice I didn’t follow. Because I was nursing I felt like I was the one who should always be up. When my husband offered to take her I kept saying no…I wanted to handle it…. looking back there was no reason why we couldn’t take turns. The second she was done nursing I could have passed her off and closed my eyes. We had family near by who offered to help, but again I didn’t take them up on the offer. TAKE THE HELP! There is nothing wrong with asking for help in the first few days. You will be exhausted. Exhaustion like you’ve never known. Just little amounts of sleep could be a lifesaver. We only spent one night alone. The next night family came to help us. And I slept! The best sleep I had in over a week.

 

  1. Find a Mom to Text.

For me it was my mom. She was up all night with me. It helped to have someone answer my questions. Choose a friend to be “on call” that you can text or call when questions arise and you are confused. It is also helpful to have someone keep you busy. The Internet can have great information but can also lead you down a rabbit hole. Having an “on-call” mom can be really helpful when you have a question (or a million questions).

 

3. Make Coffee

Or order pizza, or make mac and cheese. Just because it is 2am doesn’t mean you cant do those things. The first days, and weeks to follow, day and night won’t matter because it won’t matter to the baby. Sleep training will take time and 2am and 2pm aren’t very different as far as a newborn is concerned. I was so hesitant to do anything but try to sleep. Looking back I could have had that cup of coffee whenever it made sense and waiting until day didn’t matter. You may be eating breakfast at 3am and sleeping at 1pm. Throw the rules away until it makes sense to start training some night sleeping.

 

4. Trust Your Instincts

You are a mom now and although you may be filled with confusion and exhaustion, as soon as you became pregnant you also gained some pretty awesome instincts. So many people will give suggestions and you will rely on advice from those that are close to you. But at the end of the day you get to make the choices that work for you. If breastfeeding isn’t working, if you want to give a pacifier on the first night, if the baby just needs to sleep in the swing…you get to make the choices that work for you. Trust those instincts that have come with thousands of years of evolution. You know what you are doing even when it feels like you have no clue.

 

  1. Nest For You.

I had everything folded perfectly. I had bottles sterilized. I had a changing table ready to go. I nested like crazy and prepped everything for the baby. But I had nothing prepped for me. When we came home from the hospital I wish had nested for myself. Set up pillows and blankets on the couch, in your rocker, and anywhere else you may find yourself “relaxing.” Have plenty of comfy clothes ready. Have easy to eat food that wont waste (PB &J). Have a few water bottles with straws in a few locations. Have things set up for you that make it easy to eat and sleep when you do get a chance to put the baby down.

 

  1. Be Easy On Yourself.

That first night home will be so hard no matter how prepared you think you are. Nothing can actually prepare for what it is like bringing a baby home. It is hard, emotional, confusing, joyful, sad, scary, and unpredictable. You will probably make choices that you think aren’t right. You may obsess about those choices later. But be easy on yourself. Parenting is making choices that we aren’t always sure are the right ones. We can be full of doubt and exhaustion but everything you are doing and every choice you make is the best for the baby in the moment. So forgive yourself quickly and remember that you are doing a great job.


Postpartum Depression. Leaving the Guilt Behind.

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It seems fitting for me that May is Mental Health Awareness Month. At 36 years old I had always been healthy mentally. Some anxiety here and there but always in control, and certainly never depressed. I cannot believe it has been a year. A year since I was in deep with postpartum depression. A year since my world changed and my mental health was a daily battle. May of 2018 when I became a mom. During pregnancy I knew it was possible, I knew people who battled it, and I never once thought “it won’t happen to me”. I knew it could, and I knew right away that it did. Even knowing there was a chance this was the common “baby blues”, I still had an instinct that what I was feeling was deep sadness.  Sadness overwhelmed me. Here I was, a new mom with this perfect baby girl and all I felt was deep sadness. I knew I loved her and I knew my role as a mom was to care for her, but I grieved my pre-baby life more than I could have imagined. I didn’t have this euphoric overwhelming feeling that everything was complete now that she was here. I was tired, scared, doubtful, panicky, anxious, and sad.

I am one of the lucky ones. In therapy, which I started almost immediately, I was told I had my feet on the ground. That even though I felt this way I was able to do everything. I was able to feed my baby, get out of bed, eat, shower…although these may seem like small tasks, for some battling depression the get out of bed part is impossible. Every day I would feel a little bit better. Every day it felt like a little less of a struggle. Cautiously I started to even think I was better. But as soon as I even thought that, depression would do what it always does…come out of nowhere and remind you that you actually aren’t in control. Although comparatively I was suffering from mild PPD, I had never experienced anything like this so even mild symptoms felt overwhelming.

And now here we are. A year later and I cannot believe how much better I feel. I feel like I am starting to really love motherhood. I feel like I still miss my pre-baby life but I really love where I am right now. I feel like myself again even in this new role as mom. But even though I feel better, I am still filled with guilt. Guilt for ever feeling the way that I did. Guilt for not possibly enjoying every moment in a way that I think I should have. Guilt that I somehow missed out on something or did something wrong because of how I was feeling. The guilt is now my battle. Telling myself I don’t have to feel this way. That this was our journey. That I cannot go back. Even having to tell myself it wasn’t as bad as I perceive it be.

One thing that got me through this year was this online community. Knowing I was not alone in how I was feeling. There can be a stigma attached to even admitting that you aren’t just over the moon happy when you bring that baby home. Should I feel different? Is there something wrong with me? I hope we can foster a place where talking about the hardships doesn’t mean we have to feel guilt or shame. I have postpartum depression and saying it out loud is hard, but we should still say it. We should be able to talk about it so we feel less alone. That what we are feeling is part of this journey. So to the new mom who is sad, anxious, tired and filled with doubt. I see you…IMG_2562

 


Lactation Granola

Lactation Granola

We’re just about 4 months in and man, breastfeeding is hard work! Now that I am back to work I am focused on maintaining my supply. Maintaining supply boils down to many factors, including diet. I love this lactation granola. I can make two batches at a time and keep one at home and one at work to put on top of my yogurt. I usually eat plain greek yogurt and top with sliced banana and this granola. It is easy to whip up (even for a mom with a baby) and will make your kitchen smell delicious.

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If you have read anything about lactation recipes you have heard of brewers yeast and flaxseed meal. They are the key ingredients in most lactation boosting recipes. In addition I have found almonds and coconut to be just as effective. To make this granola you will need:

  • 3 cups of rolled oats
  • I bag sliced almonds
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 4 tablespoons brewers yeast (I ordered it on Amazon)
  • 2 tablespoons of flaxseed meal
  • 1 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup honey

 

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Directions

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  • Mix your flaxseed meal with 2 tablespoons of water. Set aside.
  • Mix oats, almonds, shredded coconut, and brewers yeast in large bowl.
  • Melt coconut oil and honey over low heat.
  • Add flaxseed meal to oat mixture.
  • Coat oat mixture with honey and coconut oil until even.

 

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  • Spread evenly on large cookie sheet.
  • Bake 10 minutes and stir mixture around on cookie sheet.
  • Bake another minutes and stir again.
  • Bake a final 10 minutes (30 minutes total).
  • Remove from oven and allow mixture to fully cool before storing.

Eat one serving a day, usually 1/2 cup (or more) to maintain your supply. This recipe also makes a great gift if you know any expecting moms.

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