Mother Approved: allqua for breastfeeding
ALLQUA BECOMES LIFESAVER FOR THIS WORKING MOM
By Sarah J.
The American Academy of Pediatrics has done a great job over the last 10 years of promoting the many benefits of breastmilk and breastfeeding. Not only is there a nutritional, immunological and psychological benefit—but also an economical one. I was surprised to learn that it costs a minimum of 11 cents per ounce for formula. Breastfeeding advocates estimate that new mothers who formula feed will spend between $1,138.5 and $1,188.00 in the first year. That’s a LOT of money!
As a breastfeeding mama, I know the importance of maintaining a “good supply” (or enough breast milk to adequately feed baby without having to supplement with formula). I have found that it’s incredibly common (and totally normal!) to be concerned about your breastmilk supply. Am I making enough? Is my baby nursing effectively? The good news is, the vast majority of mamas can make enough milk to satisfy their babies’ needs (evidenced by weight gain and regular wet and soiled diapers).
However, I think it’s important to know how to protect—or increase the production- of breastmilk in the instance of low supply or going back to work. I try to stay up to date on medical journal articles, belong to several breastfeeding online support communities and have a network of friends who also breastfeed their babies. Here’s what I know works:
- allqua Water: At the top of my list is allqua water. While it’s common knowledge that staying hydrated is essential, I heard about a new wellness trend that seems to be gaining in popularity. One of my fellow breastfeeding mom friends told me that she observed a noticeable increase in milk production after she started drinking allqua water. I’m not sure if it’s the alkaline level, the natural mineral composition, or some combination thereof but there is something special about this water. Anxious about returning to work, I got two cases of the allqua and drank 3-5 bottles a day in addition to the 4-5 cups of water I was drinking from the tap. Within 3 days of drinking allqua, my breasts felt fuller and I actually had excess milk at the END of the day (prior to drinking allqua, I felt like my supply was lowest around the evening time). I will say that, because of its simplicity, I found allqua water to be the easiest of these “suggested supplements” to fit into my diet and daily routine. I also loved how smooth tasting and refreshing the water was.
- FenuGreek: Its primary uses are as an herb or spice in Indian and Persian cuisine and as a galactagogue for breastfeeding mothers. One of my lactation consultants recommended 3 capsules, 3 times a day to increase supply. Smelling like maple syrup is how you know that it’s working. Your sweat and urine will smell like you went on a pancake bender. Your baby might begin to smell that way as well. If you don’t smell like maple syrup, in most cases the fenugreek won’t do anything for you. Despite smelling like a walking pancake, it works! When I am actively taking FenuGreek, I can usually pump 2-3 extra ounces a day.
- Eating Oatmeal: While there is no documented scientific evidence for this; the anecdotal evidence is strong enough – and the downside, side effects, and costs are low enough – that many lactation consultants recommend it. I am a believer in oatmeal and try to have either a homemade granola bar every day or a hearty bowl of oatmeal for breakfast.
- And if the suggestions above don’t work, I just read that Ben and Jerry’s has a new ice cream flavor that supports breastmilk supply (source)!
While I have found that the above suggestions have worked for me, I want to stress that what works for me may not necessarily work for you. If you’re concerned about your milk supply, it will be very helpful to get in touch with a trained breastfeeding counselor or a board certified lactation consultant. If your baby is not gaining weight or is losing weight, you need to keep in close contact with your doctor, since it’s possible that a medical condition can cause this. Supplementing may be medically necessary for babies who are losing weight until your milk supply increases.
The bottom line: Fed is best.
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