To nourish you, my beautiful, darling, is to nourish my own being 🌿 / / breastfeeding update: stay away from too much soy! this is a controversial topic in the lactation community and profession. however, i can tell you from personal experience this is 100% true! i know soy is a popular and common protein for vegan and vegetarian people, so i think this is important to keep in mind if you breastfeed.
last tuesday, i went with one of my best friends to a taco shop i love around the corner from my place, and got these delicious soyrizo tacos. the next day i was craving them and wanted them again. i ate one and started to not feel well; one bite into the second one, filled with a ton of undercooked soyrizo, and i felt more sick. i do think the soy was bad, so i know that’s one thing. i didn’t get sick, just didn’t feel well the rest of the day. seriously, the next day my supply was nearly nothing! two days before this, on sunday and monday i was engorged! my son still nurses every two hours, if not more, still. i have successfully breastfed my older two, and my daughter went until she was nearly 3! i had never experienced this kind of dip in my supply before; not even when i’ve been sick with the flu or anything! i immediately got myself on a diet to save my supply; to save my supply! i already drink over the recommendation amount of water for breastfeeding, so i tripled it! i drank 15-20 water bottles and peed more than i ever have (even more than i did in my pregnancies!). i made sure to eat well, eating the right** protein and fats (e.x., avocado, chicken, bone broth, almonds, oats, lactation cookies and granola bars). i nursed him like normal, but added a few more because he’ll nurse 24/7 if i let him. i babywore him majority of the day, like normal; however, i was more intentional and had him nurse every opportunity while wearing him. i did the same thing the next day and started feeling it get better, feeling more of my letdowns. by day three, my supply was back to normal! other things i was going to try were 24-hour lay in, babywearing topless and stay home, lactation teas, pumping and stimulation, and see my lactation consultant. (continued 👇🏼)