This has been an eventful month so far!
We’ve attended a Big Latch On event, started going to breastfeeding support groups, mommy and baby yoga, stroller walk, and tons of other fun gatherings! (Check them out on our EVENTS calendar. )
It’s tough being a mommy but having support makes things so much easier!
Before Jasmin was born I never expected to have sooo many changes. The thought of breastfeedng seemed so easy I thought just put her on the boob and she’ll know what to do. Well, she did know but there were a couple things I didn’t know.
First, I just wasn’t holding her properly. Thanks God for our midwife Sheila for showing me how to hold her.
Then came the colic! I figured out fast that I needed to change my diet right away. And good thing because not only did her colic go away, she was sleeping through the night! Of course only slightly waking to nurse.
It’s awesome that if I want to help Jasmin out all I have to do is drink or eat something that will get to her through my milk. I’ve drank teas for her colic, herbal supplements for her vitamins as well as fever, and of course just about everything I eat I know will get to her for brain development and overall wellness.
The only thing I have ever used for my nipples has been coconut oil, though I did keep other things ready just in case.
Lately I’ve learned of ways help the breastfeeding process naturally with essential oils.
Increase milk supply:
Fennel: Swallow two drops of the oil in a teaspoon of honey every two hours. Follow with a glass of water.
Joy: Inhale to help calm and soothe as stress may have negative interference with lactation.
Decrease milk supply:
Peppermint: Five drops orally several times per day.
Sore nipples: lavender and Roman chamomile
Dry, cracked nipples: dilute one drop of myrrh, geranium, or sandalwood with fractionated coconut oil.
New International Version (NIV)
10 “Rejoice with Jerusalem and be glad for her,
all you who love her;
rejoice greatly with her,
all you who mourn over her.
11 For you will nurse and be satisfied
at her comforting breasts;
you will drink deeply
and delight in her overflowing abundance.”
12 For this is what the Lord says:
“I will extend peace to her like a river,
and the wealth of nations like a flooding stream;
you will nurse and be carried on her arm
and dandled on her knees.
13 As a mother comforts her child,
so will I comfort you;
and you will be comforted over Jerusalem.”
Praise the Lord that Jasmin and I have been blessed with a group of women that have helped us through this journey. I thank God that it’s been a pleasant time nursing so far.
I know many women who have had a tough time breastfeeding, like my own mother, and have toughed it out. I know others who couldn’t because of circumstances and it’s all well. To those who can’t I say do your research and choose knowledgeably and wisely what formula you decide to feed your babies. Also seek help! Groups are amazing, you can even learn how to nurse while babywearing!
Congratulations and blessings to all on this motherhood journey!
But thou art he that took me out of the womb: thou didst make me hope when I was upon my mother’s breasts.I was cast upon thee from the womb: thou art my God from my mother’s belly. Psalm 22:9-10
For help and meetings Contact:
- The Women’s Health Resource Center at Baptist Hospital (786)596-2671