If you've ever had the pleasure of nursing a child or feeding your little one breastmilk through a bottle, then you know first hand, the liquid gold, as it's been referred to, stains! When I stay stain, I don't mean, I didn't have time to clean the spilled milk so it dried stain. I mean, I wiped my couch with soap and water and the milk is still there stain. Yep, the hard to get rid of type of stain.
With 3 children that I have nursed and one that I am still nursing (whoo hoo) I have had my share of " liquid gold" splashes throughout the house. The floor, the comforter, the sofa, every type of surface you can think of.
However nutritious and beneficial breastmilk is, I didn't want to see it spattered on surfaces throughout the house. It's daunting enough when one drop goes to waste. If you have ever tried to pump, nurse, or build a supply, or lived with anyone who has, you know exactly what I mean, Ha!
When different types of cleaners failed to remove the white blemishes throughout my home from dried breastmilk, in steps white vinegar to the recuse. Yep, you've read that correctly, Vinegar. You probably remember your grandmother using vinegar for several reasons maybe mainly as a household cleaning solution, I surely do. When I remembered vinegar as an option, I knew that I found what I'd been needing. Because I'm that type of friend, I'll share my secret ingredient with you.
I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to breastfeed all three of my children. I am currently still nursing and pumping for my youngest child who is 11 months. Previously, for my oldest two children, I exclusively nursed and pumped for 8 months for each of them, until my milk production halted and I couldn’t sustain the amount they needed for child care as I was a working mother during both occasions.
This time around I have the pleasure of being a stay at home mother for the majority of my little one’s 11 months, which has been a difference maker in addition to some other tips that have allowed me to have an abundant milk supply.
There are a plethora of products on the market geared towards helping lactating mothers with their supply and having nursed three children I can say I’ve tried my fair share. Do any of them really work well and can prove to be a noticeable difference maker...: that is up for debate. I can’t personally swear by any. I’ve tried some of the most popular like the Mother’s milk tea and various lactation bars, and my milk production didn’t jump leaps and bounds. If you are intrested in knowing which ones I've tried, send me a message and I'll certainly share.
What has worked however is frequency of pump/nurse sessions and a well balanced diet, which lead to an abundance of milk. So much so I even had to buy a deep freezer to store all the milk because it began to take over the freezer space, my husband started to tease, that the rest of the family wanted to eat and we needed more in the freezer than frozen breast milk.
I hope you have a note pad handy; because here are some tips to try that allowed me to increased my milk production which meant more milk to store.
One of my greatest joys in life is being with my family. They show me so much love, it's an honor and privilege to be a mother and a wife. I'm grateful to be a sister, daughter, and friend. This is a space inspired by the journey and the things I've learned over the years....it hasn't been that long so bear with me. Proverbs 17:6 " Children's children are the crown of old men: and the glory of children are their fathers."