I had a mom come to me the other day who was pregnant with her 4th baby. She had had a history of low breastmilk production with all 3 of her previous babies, and was worried she would experience the same thing this time around too. We chatted a while about her situation and I suggested some herbs that she could take. I also told her about how stress can negatively affect milk supply, and that she really needed to ask for help with household chores and taking care of the other kids. Today I got this email from her:
Thank you so much Pam! I really appreciate your wisdom. Today, I brought baby in for a weight check and I was AMAZED to learn that his weight was right on track! Woo hoo! I've never had a baby hit their weight gain before. So thank you, so much, for helping me this far. It feels like a miracle! And I took your advice about resting and handing off work and child care to those around me. When baby and I came home from the hospital, we went straight up to the bedroom and camped out - just nursing and sleeping - for many days. I think that really helped too. I just wish I had done these things with the other babies!!
We women tend to have a hard time asking for help. But its imperative, and makes a world of difference, as my client found out for herself. Even with her first baby, she had trouble with milk production and weight gain for her baby. One baby is obviously easier than three, and especially four! But she found out first-hand that taking this precious time with her newborn, getting advice on herbs that would be most beneficial for her, asking for help with household chores and with her other kids, helped boost her production and give her the results that she did not have with her other three babies. So mamas, please learn by her example. Your friends and family would be thrilled and HONORED to help you! Do you remember how good it feels to help someone? By allowing others to give to you and to help YOU, you are giving a gift to them at the same time that they are giving a gift to you. Its a beautiful win-win! You are worth it!