So many times in the past 11 months I have said out loud, “Thank God for boobs!”. Being able to breastfeed my daughter has been one of the greatest gifts I could have ever received. It hasn’t always been easy, we had 4 days in hospital after she was born learning to feed and then 10 weeks later we were back in hospital to have a 7 x 8 x 4cm abscess drained from my left breast. But here we are 11 months later, back at work, and still feeding! Hurray!
Feeding is such a delicate issue in mummy circles. I wish it wasn’t, because every single one of us is just trying to do what we feel is best for our baby and ourselves. I have heard people talk about their different struggles and can truly empathise with how hard feeding a little baby can be. I have had times of crying on the phone to my girlfriends threatening to cut my boobs off and fling them out a window. I have had times where the thought of having my daughter feed makes me wince in dread. I have had times of enduring over enthusiastic niplash (where your baby flings itself off to look at something). I have also had times of having my daughter drift off into blissful sleep whilst feeding. I have had times where the only thing that will soothe her is a breastfeed. I have had to wait in hospital emergency rooms for hours and hours on end, so grateful for my boobs.
And after coming out the other end of all those hard times, I am so glad we kept going. The benefit (for me and my family) has far outweighed the crap that we went through.
Why the blurb about boobs? Because I hope someone reads this and it strikes a chord with them. Or the day they start their breastfeeding journey they remember something I’ve written and it helps them to ask questions, find support and find a solution for them.
Our mothers group talks boobs often, and this week it has been all about supply. How do I boost my supply? How to I tell if my supply has dropped? We were comparing what works for us, when I remembered a recipe from one of my favourite cookbooks, Leon, for George’s Breastfeeding Bread! I am doing a sneaky cut and paste job, but here is the recipe. May your milk flow forth and nurture!
George’s Breastfeeding Bread
(abridged, for the full thing check out Leon):
330g spelt flour (or wholemeal)
170g white flour
5g fast-acting dried yeast
2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. aniseeds
1 tsp. caraway seeds
1 tsp. fennel seeds
1 tsp. fenugreek (ground)
40g pumpkin seeds
40g sunflower seeds
2.5 tbs. olive oil
300ml warm water
extra sunflower and pumpkin seeds for the top (the recipe calls for pine nuts as well, but I typically don’t have those on hand, so I simply omit them)
Grease a loaf pan, mix all the dry ingredients together (except the extra seeds for the topping) in a large bowl, add the oil and water, and knead in the bowl briefly. Put the dough in the loaf pan, cut gashes across the top for the extra seeds and let rise for a few hours. Bake at 450 degrees for 20 minutes. Turn down the oven to 400 degrees and bake for another 20 minutes.
As an aside, I haven’t actually baked this… I never had supply issues. But it sounds delicious! Would love to hear if you’ve made it. Would also love to hear your breastfeeding stories, like hearing birthing stories, I’m addicted!