Hey everyone! How’s life? The thought that it is officially summer break is just sinking in for me. One of the perks of being a teacher is the schedule and I love it even more now that I am a mama. I get to spend the summer enjoying my beautiful little girl…pretending I am a stay at home mom like I dream about being. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy my job, but being a mom is my favorite thing in the world.
Throughout my blog posts I know I talk a lot about being a mom these days, but I try not to do too many posts exclusively about the subject. I know not all of you are moms or interested in the hearing about diapers, babies, and breastfeeding. However, I have been drawn more and more to write a little bit about it because that is my whole life these days. If you follow my Instagram (@glutenfreejessblog) you know that I have been on an amazing breastfeeding journey for the last 11 months. I have been fortunate to have a relatively easy experience so far. I say relative because breastfeeding is not easy ever, but I have not experienced some of the challenges that many other mamas face.
One constant throughout my breastfeeding journey has been a focus on food and snacks. When I was a brand new breastfeeding mama I thought I might die of hunger. Breastfeeding a newborn 12 or more times per day around the clock is not only exhausting, but it also made me hungrier than I have ever been in my life. I remember sitting in the middle of the night, held hostage by my nursing baby, wishing I could have a snack. I created a little nursing station next to the rocking chair each night with a full water bottle, burp rags, my phone or a book to read, and snacks. Eating enough calories and staying hydrated are critical to breastfeeding success, especially in the beginning. My favorite snack being Oat Mama bars. I did a review of their bars (here) when Rowan was first born. They are delicious, gluten free, made with great ingredients, and they help immensely with building and maintaining milk supply.
I haven’t had a ton of issues with supply, but as Rowan gets closer to one year it is definitely dropping. I know that it is a natural part of the process. Supply and demand. She is eating more food now and so my body doesn’t need to make as much milk. We are nearly to my goal of one year and I don’t want anything to get in the way of that. In order to keep my supply healthy this summer I will be drinking a new product from my friends at Oat Mama. They now sell a Blueberry Pomegranate Lactation Tea. I love having it over ice with a touch of honey and a squeeze of lemon. It is full of ingredients that support breastfeeding health.
Organic Hibiscus Flower, Organic Fennel Seed, Organic Raspberry Leaf, Organic Alfalfa, Organic Nettle Leaf, Natural Blueberry and Pomegranate Flavors.
If you need a supportive place to connect with other breastfeeding moms check out the Facebook group Oat Mama Mamas and feel free to email me or comment below with more specific questions on Oat Mama or breastfeeding!
Cheers to summer!
Disclaimer: I was not compensated by Oat Mama for this post. All images, text, and opinions are my own. I was provided products to sample, but I am a regular Oat Mama customer. I only bring you brands that I actually use and trust! Thank you for supporting Oat Mama and Gluten Free Jess.