Tips and Recipes for Milk Supply

Tips and Recipes for Milk Supply

I’m by no means a breastfeeding expert, nor do I wish for this blog post to replace the bounty of information on blogs such as Kelly Mom, where you can find really good advice about all things breastfeeding. I’m just a lady with a baby who had no problems with milk supply and aside from a few bouts of mastitis, a really nice time breastfeeding. The fact that our bodies fill our boobs with liquid that we use to feed our babies is really quite miraculous. They do it all by themselves! No buttons or switches necessary. Yet there seems to be a fear, from every new mum including myself, that their supply won’t be adequate. I wanted to share a few tips and recipes that might be helpful to other new mamas and hopefully quash those low milk supply fears. All I know is that this is what worked for me and so, placebo or science, it doesn’t really matter, right?

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On Children – Kahlil Gibran

On Children – Kahlil Gibran

Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.

You may give them your love but not your thoughts,
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow,
which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.

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Pregnancy: Read, Watch, Do.

Pregnancy: Read, Watch, Do.

Childbirth is the most natural thing in the world yet somehow, instead of feeling empowered during their pregnancy, many women feel afraid. If you are scared of giving birth, or doubt your body’s capabilities in any way, then please please please reconnect with the goddess warrior inside you and utilise some of the books, documentaries and practices that helped me. I’m not necessarily suggesting you have a home birth, because I truly believe that a woman will be safest wherever she feels the most safe and comfortable. But birth is one of the coolest things you will ever experience and it is your right as a woman to conquer it fearlessly. When I think about Louie’s birth I feel ecstatic. I often laugh. It was incredible. Our bodies are incredible.
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“We believe that motherhood is the highest form of manifestation of the genius of the creative spirit of nature.

“We believe that motherhood is the highest form of manifestation of the genius of the creative spirit of nature.

It’s enemies are those who are blind to the dignity of motherhood and the spiritual potential of her primary purpose. They worship the golden calf of science and so seek a national hero to whom they may ascribe the works of God”

– Grantly Dick-Read in Birth Without Fear

– The Three Ages of Woman, Gustav Klimt, Oil on Canvas, 1905

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Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes

Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes

I am 38 weeks pregnant and my belly is moving all over the place, entertaining and distracting me as I attempt to write the first post for this new section of my blog. I always knew that mothers could feel their babies move, but I did not expect to be able to watch these movements from the outside, or to be able to tickle the side of my belly and have a little foot poke out and playfully kick my hand in response.

I have been pregnant for most of 2015 and what a year of monumental change it has been. No matter how many people you know who have had babies, nothing can prepare you for the physical and spiritual changes you will go through the first time you grow a little person inside you. More than just a swelling of the belly and breasts (and in my case, booty), I have spent most of the year in awe of the female body and the things that it does all on its own, in order to create a new life. The words ‘two souls, one body’ resonate in an entirely different way when it is your own body housing both souls, when you hear the beating of a little heart that is not your own, coming from inside your body.

I’ve never had any doubt that I one day wanted to be a mother, but I didn’t think it was something I wanted to do just yet. Partially because I was attached to my carefree Berlin lifestyle and partially because of the doubt that came creeping whenever I started to think about the state of our planet and whether giving in to my biological urges was selfish when there are so many babies out there who need loving homes. Andy (best friend/husband/baby daddy) and I agreed that kids were something we would tackle in due course but not just yet, not this year.

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