Do you remember yesterday when I told you my hair started to fall out? Well, guess what? I woke up Sunday with my full-on first menstrual cycle after delivering my surrogate baby on 10/10/19. That is only three months and two days postpartum, I thought I had more time! With my hair starting to fall out two days prior and now I am on my period I was shocked to look back over my ounces from the past few days and discover I didn’t drop in ounces at all. I was, however, incredibly depressed and haven’t had any motivation to leave my house. With my previous postpartum periods, I always saw a dip in supply. Perhaps this time was different because I was on a set pumping schedule, taking supplements and drinking tea on a regular basis. If that is the case, I am pretty fortunate. I pump roughly every two hours, my last pump is at 12:30 a.m. and my first pump of the day is at 6:30 a.m. If you are asking yourself if I am crazy for not getting more sleep, the answer is yes 😴. I tell my clients that keeping up on your electrolytes is important and no, its not just coconut water. Your body needs Potassium, Magnesium, and Sodium. When you drink 80 oz of water a day and are lactating, your body is not refilling these vital minerals. Combine those supplements with Calcium, then you have a great way to fend off the dip in supply when Aunt Flo shows up. I don’t recommend this for everyone but I drink Earth Mama that contains Fennel and Mothers Milk which contains Fenugreek. In previous pumping journeys, these have helped me increase and maintain my supply and I drink quite a few cups a day. If you are wondering why I don’t always recommend Fenugreek it is because for some moms it can decrease supply so I only recommend it as a last resort when they have tried all other methods to increase supply. I may not have an oversupply but I am grateful to not have to stress about the dip in supply, on top of getting my period and my hair falling out. On a lighter note, my plans to proceed with another surrogacy journey will be a lot easier since my body has already gone through a menstrual cycle.
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