Summer days shouldn't be gloomy. It just isn't right. Yet, today is a gloomy day. I'm a bit glad, though, because it helps give me a day off. With it being rainy, I don't have to work in my garden or hang clothes out to dry. I kind of need a day off because I need to work on my milk supply.
My poor daughter ended up gulping down 2 ounces of formula last night. I was feeding her every hour in the evening, but it was obvious very little was coming out of me. In between feedings, I hand-extracted milk (I do have an electric pump, but I get better results by hand) and I got very little (less than an ounce) and it was really watery. The poor dear was so very very hungry. So, I caved and gave her formula, but spent a good portion of the night hand-extracting to make sure I keep making milk. And I put her on to nurse at our usual nursing times.
I'm not sure why my milk is wasting away. I nurse on demand around the clock. I don't pump. I eat a varied, healthy, high fat diet. The scale isn't dropping, so I'm not losing weight. I drink plenty of water, but not too much.
The only thing I can think of is that I've been really stressed out lately and short of temper. So, today I'm relaxing more. Tomorrow, when I do grocery shopping, I'm going to buy some quinoa and fenugreek. Both are supposed to help milk supply. Of course, I'll continue to nurse baby girl on demand.
I only made it 4 months with Bubby, but I had a TON of misinformation about nursing, so I attributed it to that. This time around, I had much better information and nursing has been going fairly well. I was hoping to make it at least 6 months. However, it does seem that milk-making is not in my genes. My mother wasn't a very good milk-maker either.
Of course, I'm taking this to the Lord in prayer. Formula is not only expensive, but not really very good for our children. The soy base in every formula I've seen is NOT good. Soy is not a food, despite what people think, and it can be dangerous to our children. Soy can be attributed to early puberty in girls and delayed puberty in boys.
If you have to use formula, then don't stress out about it. Just limit or eliminate soy in other areas as your children grow.