It has been said for many generations, and around the world, that herbal remedies can increase milk supply.
Does it work for all women? I don't imagine it does because we are not all created equal! But why not give it a try and YOU tell us! We'd love to hear from you!
As an experienced Lactation Specialist + Educator I have assisted many women that have used this do no harm Lactation Cookies recipe. Want to try it too?
Here's our FREE recipe download. Happy Baking! xx
Did you know you can begin collecting colostrum in pregnancy?
Around 37 weeks is the perfect time for most mothers-to-be to begin.
Disclaimer: It is always best to check with your health care provider prior to beginning.
Prenatal colostrum collection is most beneficial when families are/will experience these circumstances:
As you begin, please remember that 2-7ml of colostrum is an adequate feed for a newborn baby. You do not need to remove much from the breast to feed your baby well. Colostrum is nutrient dense and the PERFECT food for a new baby!
Learning how to hand express is a "triple P skill" best mastered with practice, patience and perseverance. Colostrum is thick and sticky, like syrup, it is best removed with hand expression, not a breast pump.
Before you get started you will require the following supplies:
Dr. Jane Morton's video will assist your learning how to effectively hand express:
Another resource to print + review prior to beginning hand expression is the PDF below.
Hot breakfast ready and waiting! Feed the whole family or just yourself.
Apple Cinnamon Crockpot Oatmeal
Yield: 6 servings
1 1/2 cups of steel-cut oats
3 1/2 cups water
3 cups unsweetened almond or cashew milk
3 large apples, peeled. cored and diced
1/4 cup of brown sugar, honey or stevia
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg (optional)
1/3 teaspoon mineral salt
3 scoops pristine whey protein (optional)
Banana Bread Crockpot Oatmeal
Yield: 6 servings
Same as in apple recipe (above) but omit apples and cinnamon.
Add 2-3 large bananas
Add 1 1/2 teaspoons pure banana extract
Add 1 1/2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
1. Put all ingredients in crockpot. Stir well and place into the crockpot element base.
2. Turn on low heat before going to bed. Cook all night. In the morning, stir well before serving. Enjoy!
3. Refrigerate or freeze any leftovers.
Oats are a galactagogue! This means if you are a breastfeeding mother you may notice an increase in your milk. Don't worry, if you are not lactating you will not start.
You will make the perfect milk for your baby! A firm decision to breastfeed your baby should be made in pregnancy. To establish breastfeeding with your baby you will want to follow these simple steps...
It was my summer off work, yet my brain was stuck on repeat reciting the Canadian breastfeeding statistics and our local challenges over and over and over again...
I lay on my camp bunk, my 3 children sleeping around me. "Lights out" seemed like forever ago, what time was it? Why wouldn't my brain just shut-off?
Like a ninja, trying not to wake children, I reach for my phone. Knowing Melissa is just as passionate about maternal-infant health I type my thoughts and hit send.
That night she did more than understand my late-night madness, she jumped on board and together we "birthed" a Breastfeeding Circle via text message! You can meet Melissa and learn more about the original Breastfeeding Circle here
Since then, we have both relocated and the original Breastfeeding Circle of Grande Prairie is no longer.
However I am still committed to providing breastfeeding support to mothers and mothers-to-be.
I facilitate the Breastfeeding Circle, in Cochrane, on Friday mornings at the Parent Link Centre and offer private Breastfeeding Support on Tuesdays from the Shifra Centre for Wellness.