Breastfeeding my babies has never really come easily for me.
In fact, with my fourth baby breastfeeding felt impossible.
Nearly three years ago, our son was born as plump and healthy-looking as you please. Within a few weeks, all his little dimples and rolls had disappeared and I had a very skinny baby on my hands. I spent many frantic weeks researching, reading, and learning all I could to help our son thrive and grow.
My researching led me to believe our baby’s health issues stemmed from a digestive problem caused from food allergies. In time, my hunch proved to be right. (That, in a nutshell, is how our family became gluten-free.)
During the first four months of his life, our son’s weak digestive system simply could not assimilate enough nutrients from my breast milk to meet his nutritional needs. Much to my dismay, a lot of what he did take in came back up through projectile reflux.
Although our little guy was nursing around the clock, he was hungry nearly all the time. Through this grueling process, I simply could not keep up a milk supply that satisfied my baby’s insatiable hunger. He cried and fussed for more after every feeding; I cried along with him.
It became very apparent that our son needed a supplement, and we were blessed to have access to raw goat’s milk. (By this time, our baby was being treated by a certified homeopath, and I was on a strict allergy-friendly diet.) Within a few days of beginning the goat’s milk supplement, our son gained four ounces.
I cried, this time for pure joy. It had been weeks since he had retained any measurable weight gain.
We had a long road of healing ahead of us, but today our son is a thriving, healthy toddler. And wouldn’t you know, I had the hardest time weaning him… at twenty-two months old!
Despite my best efforts, I honestly believe successful breastfeeding would have been impossible without Maxi Milk tincture, from Mountain Meadow Herbs.
This tincture literally made the difference in whether or not I was able to continue nursing our son, especially since my body simply could not keep up with the demand.
Yes, I had to supplement our baby for a long time while his digestive tract healed. But it was so rewarding to be able to continue to breastfeed, even if I didn’t feel like my supply was what it should have been.
I’ve recommended Maxi Milk to several of my mommy friends because this tincture is the nursing mother’s best friend!
I am breastfeeding our fifth baby now; he is six weeks old and my milk supply is better than it’s ever been. In fact, my milk came in two days postpartum. That is next to miraculous for me!
I love breastfeeding my babies and really love finding herbal products that make it possible.
Do you have a favorite herb or natural product for nursing mothers?
Kristy Howard is a pastor’s wife, second-generation homeschooling mom of five, and a passionate believer in friendship, coffee, and quiet time! Kristy writes about motherhood, ministry and life at KristysCottage.com.