When I picked up my baby from the nursery yesterday, the babysitter told me to increase the amount of milk in each container to 4 oz. My baby is no longer content with the 3 oz that she gets at each serving. Gulp. That would mean a total of 20 oz per day since I prepare 5 containers/bottles for her daily. You can read about the preparation here.
Despite having around 30 bottles of 4 oz to 5 oz each plus 10 MLO bottles of 2 oz each of EBM stock in the freezer, I still don't feel safe. My daily production at the moment is between 12 oz to 15 oz, including the 3 oz expressed early morning at home. So, 15 oz is the maximum amount that I can get, 5 oz shy of 20 oz, which is her new daily demand. If I consistently use the additional 5 oz from the EBM stock everyday, it is going to go to zero state in about one and a half months time. Although the babysitter plans to introduce solid to her at the age of 5 months (of which, I don't have any objection so far), that is not a guarantee that her daily intake will reduce. It may remain the same, or worse, it may increase. Help!
Hmm ... How should I go about it? I have a number items in my to-do list at the moment.
First, to have a (very) positive mindset that I can overcome the challenge and produce more milk. For this, I read a lot about other breastfeeding mamas' experience. Some of them have faced even worse situations than I am, and they succeeded. Insya-Allah, I can do it too.
Second, to eat (more) properly. I admit that I have begun to take my diet lightly. I skipped the daily fresh milk intake that I used to have at least twice a day, the plain water before and after each pumping session and a few others. I should return to those routines.
Third, to double pump. Although I am a proud owner of a Medela FS, I hardly make use of its double pumping feature. I only use its hands free feature and even pumped once while driving home :) I am not comfortable with double pumping. But I have to give it a try this time, hoping that it can help to increase the milk supply.
Fourth, to pump 2 times instead of once at home. So, I have to have another pumping session in the middle of the night, which means lesser sleep. Never mind, I will do anything for you, my dear little one :*
Fifth, to pray to Allah that He will grant me strength, patience and perseverance in undertaking all of the above. As a muslim, we rely on Allah after all the efforts are done, right? Insya-Allah, He will always listen to His servants.
If I have the time, I will also try out the dried longan 'juice' recipe that I read from here and the fruits that are high in Vitamin C, which I read from here.
To collect 20 oz a day maybe too much a target. A target has to be realistic, right? So, mine is to get around 17 oz to 18 oz a day, so as to slow down the outflow of the frozen EBM stock. Hope it works. Thanks for reading :)