Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Don't pee on my pancakes and tell me its maple syrup

A few weeks ago, I noticed that the amount of freshly squeezed boob juice I was able to pump while at work had lessened a great deal. I understand that there are a variety of reasons why this could be happening, from the impending return of Aunt Flo from her long hiatus to the accumulated stress of house hunting/buying. As I would prefer to continue to breastfeed Sylvie for at least a year, I figured I needed to do something to get my milk production back up to quota. My OB/GYN referred me to a lactation specialist who suggested that I try taking the herbal supplement fenugreek. This herb is a known "galactogogue" which, though it sounds like some sort of fiendish overlord from a sci-fi pulp novel, just means it's an agent that promotes the secretion of milk. I bought a bottle of fenugreek at a local GNC and started popping the prescribed 3 capsules, 3 times a day.

After taking the herb for the past several days, my Maternal Order of Milk Ducts Union is no longer striking. There is an interesting side effect however, one that anyone who has ever eaten asparagus with dinner knows about from the sharp reminder of having done so when they pee the following morning. Turns out that fenugreek is one of those quirky little plants with the ability of imbuing one's sweat and urine with a noticeable odor. In the case of fenugreek, it's maple syrup, which is why I've been smelling like a waffle house lately.

7 comments:

Sean said...

That is awesome! Do all GNCs have this?

Aredubya said...

Now, do you smell like a waffle house, or do you smell like The Waffle House? Because if it's the latter, I always found them to smell more like maple ass than maple syrup.

Today's Fun Fact: did you know that 2 % of all American-bred eggs wind up served at a Waffle House?

Redpanda said...

Sweet! Literally!

Also, bizarre. :)

Paige said...

Sean: I suppose so. Have your breasts stopped producing as much milk as they used to too?

Aredubya: maple ass? Do maples have asses? really?

Redpanda: sweet sweat even!

Sean said...

My breasts have never produced much milk. But to be honest, I just want the maple syrup thing goin' on. Producing something to dip my Oreos in would just be a huge bonus.

Redpanda said...

Especially if you were lactating as well. I mean, the majority of your breakfast is _right there_. You just need to run a few miles, then rub a pancake under your armpits and squeeze yourself a nice glass of me-juice. Mmm.

Chloe said...

Sean, wouldn't you prefer to lactate Pepto Bismol?