1. Lots of oatmeal for breakfast. Every single day. I have been eating 1 cup of Bob's Red Mill quick cooking oats, a teaspoon of flaxmeal, a half teaspoon of honey, and a teaspoon of almond butter. This makes a huge bowl of tasty oatmeal once you add water. I don't always finish it, but it's so good and healthy and filling. This helps some women, you can read more on Kellymom, I figure that it's not hurting anything, and I stay full all morning.
2. Pumping past empty. When I'm at work, I usually am finished pumping in 10 minutes. When I'm done or "on empty", I keep pumping for about 5 more minutes. This should tell my body that it needs to make more. It's annoying. Like sometimes I'm sitting there in my underwear because I wore a dress that day, and I just want to get back to my desk already, but I can't because I spend half my life making milk. Everyone tells me to keep with it though, like moms stop me in the hallways when I'm carrying my pump to talk about how their babies thrived with exclusive breast feeding. It's awkward.
3. Offering the boob to the baby often when we're together. At night from the hours 6-8:30pm I probably feed him 3 times which obviously is a lot in that short period of time, but he always takes it.
The result of 1.5 weeks of this new combination of stuff:
Previously in 1 pumping session I would make barely 4 oz. total at the very most. Now in 1 pumping session I make 5 - 5.5 oz. It sounds like a small increase, but that now meets the baby's needs vs. being under it.
I have two bottles of Fenugreek if I need it since my friend is using it with very real positive results. However, I don't really want to smell like maple syrup all the time and I think that getting my body to naturally make more milk is a better idea in the long term than relying on a supplement.
Also - look at how good his skin looks!! Eczema is under control, diaper rash is gone, neck rash is gone, AND the kicker to all that is that I've been eating cheese for the past 3 days. I think that I can bring dairy back in since it doesn't seem to be harming him right now. Is this a slippery slope to a bowl of queso for dinner? Likely.