I'm full-time breastfeeding a five-month-old. A week ago, my supply started dropping. Like, almost disappearing. Having never experienced this with my older child, I panicked.
My brain said, YOU NEED MORE INFORMATION! START GOOGLING!
"You need this kind of seed and that kind of tea and no more mints and, and, AND....!!!"
(Spoiler alert: You don't need more.)
I was looking for a Magic Pill. The perfect herb, supplement, trick... to restore milk production.
My husband suggested I call my midwife and I resisted.
Why was I resisting?
Because I already knew I wasn't doing the most basic thing: Drinking water.
Basic things are simple. Obvious. And so underrated.
(By the way, all those articles I read said "make sure you're drinking lots of water" and I was like yeah yeah water whatever I NEED SOMETHING MORE.)
The moment I realized this - that I already knew the answer but had undervalued it - I started downing water like it was an olympic sport.
That night my baby slept better than he had in a long time because his belly was full. Because his mama is a gold-medalist in Water Drinking.
Stop looking for a Magic Pill to solve your problems.
If you're looking for THE THING to help you lose weight, have you stopped eating processed food and sugar?
If you're looking for THE THING to increase your energy, have you been getting enough sleep?
If you're looking for THE THING to improve your mood, have you been exercising or moving your body in any way?
If you're not doing the basic, simple, boring STUFF YOU ALREADY KNOW, then a Magic Pill isn't what you need.
Now go drink some water.
See you next week!