So we were having what I was thinking of was minor supply issues, in the breastmilk department. So I started reading up on the million things you can do to increase breastmilk.
I'd also like to say - different strokes for different folks. I think different solutions work well for different people.
I even went to the SUPER hippie herbalist and bought gross tea (and kind of expensive) to bring on the milk. But even thought I was downing 3 pots of that stuff a day, it didn't really help that much.
You know what does reliably work for me? Beer. As in super dark beer, like a fancy stout or Guinness. After a bit of beer, I can feel much more milk in my boobs. Interesting, right?
Now I have a friend that swears she thinks it works because you're more relaxed - but I don't think so. I'm pretty relaxed. And I don't drink enough that I think it affects my mood - I literally can drink like 2-3 shots of beer, and feel more milk.
I am of course concerned about my baby drinking (read some scary stuff on the Internet, but I also have read a lot of stuff saying it's no big deal, so...?), so I exercise extreme caution - I don't actually drink an entire beer (more like half a beer a day, max, spread out over several hours), and I don't feel drunk at all.
I even tried eating a lot of barley, because I read that maybe it was the barley in the beer - but that didn't do much.
So I've taken to buying fancy stout beer in bottles, and putting a wine bottle corker in it to help it stay carbonated-ish. Works pretty well. One of those fancy beers lasts me many days. And it is tasty.
So that's my story for now. BF'ing had taken a sort of nasty turn, and everything was hurty again, but we're back on track, things are good the last week or so. I think it's the beer. Or maybe that she's done a growth spurt.
Only ~2 more months of exclusive breastfeeding left! Time flies. While it will be exciting to give her food, I am enjoying this stage in her life.