As part of the mammoth (it feels mammoth to me) effort I’ve made to keep up my milk supply, drinking lots of water has been one of the key (and easier) things I’ve done that has helped. I try to drink about 8 to 10 full glasses of water a day, and since here in Provo we’re blessed with nice cold and tasty water, I try to just down a glass every time I’m at the sink. Trouble is though, I could never keep track of how many glasses I’d had, and often would just forget.
Problem: I can’t remember to drink water! I can’t remember how much I’ve had/need!
Solution: The Hydration Abacus! It reminds me in such a nice, cute little hanger sort of way, and it tallies my hydration status! Now every time I’m at the sink, I get a little excited to push a bead over after a nice tall glass of the good stuff. And by that I mean H2o.
(and yes, I did all those dishes this morning. But usually my dish-washer does the dishes (and by dish washer I mean Allan), so I can’t complain too much).
After I finished making my abacus, I let Twinkle use my leftover paint and she made me this sweet little bangle as a gift. She was going to make wait until my birthday (in October!), but she bended a little and let me open it five minutes later. I love it! Like really, I’ve worn every day since then. I have an awesome bracelet, and I feel so well hydrated!
Is proper hydration the best!?
PS a word on keeping my milk supply up: I had tried Fenugreek with nary a difference, and had tried pumping frequently, hydration and anything else I heard to stimulate more milk without any success. I was ready to throw the towel in and use formula, but a friend of mine recommended Motilium to me. She had had a friend who had used it successfully to boost her supply, but I was too doubtful and poor to try it out. She surprised me by buying me a two month supply (!!!), and after talking to my doctor-dad, I tried it and was THRILLED when it TRIPLED my supply. I now only have to supplement a little at night, which is so great. I’m almost out of it (Motilium), so I’m going to see if my supply maintains, and if not, I’ll have to get some more. It’s definitely worth it. Just FYI, to anyone interested in this stuff.