Breastfeeding with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

Breastfeeding with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

I'm sure you're mentally tired, feeling defeated and over thinking and even thinking if there is anything you can do to treat and cure… Here are some answers and possible solutions! First thing, please don't forget to check for lip and tongue tie. Checking your baby's latch and possible acid or silent reflux is all important. In fact, many women with PCOS are able to breastfeed and even experience oversupply. So take this as your hope, because there is!

PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome)

PCOS is a complex hormonal condition that affects 5% to 10% of women of reproductive age.

Features of PCOS can include:

– Fertility problems;

– Acne;

– Obesity;

– Excess body hair growth;

– Increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes;

– Irregular or missed menstruation;

– Low milk supply.

This condition may interfere with the hormones needed to develop milk – production tissue. There is also a possible negative link between "pre-androgen" hormones levels with PCOS.

Hormone levels Regulation

Inositol is a part of our vitamin B – complex and a cell membrane, found in fruit, grains, beans and nuts. Inositol has 2 molecules MYO and DCI. Women with PCOS have a defect in "secondary menssagers", contributing for insulin resistance.

Side Effects

Both inositol forms are usually well tolerated. But in some cases it may cause low blood sugar. This applies especially if taking medications or supplements to low blood sugar as it may interfere. Yet it is safe during pregnancy and lactation.

How to regulate hormonal balance due to PCOS

Inositol: 40:1 ratio ( MYO inositol – 2 to 4mg and 50 to 100gr DCI inositol);

Berberine: Present in many plants and used in ancient Chinese medicine. Improves fertility and insulin sensibility, lower triglycerides and increases HDL cholesterol.

Cinnamon: Scientific studies confirm the improvement of blood sugar levels, menstrual period frequency and hormone normalization. Cinnamon also slows gastric emptying, leading to a decrease in blood sugar spikes. Use as a capsule or the spice added in foods, only 2 teaspoons (6gr) per day is enough.

Vitamin D: As an important vitamin for vital life, it plays important roles' infertility, inflammation and hormone levels. Recent studies showed to decrease testosterone, inflammation and improvement in fertility outcomes. Deficiency of this vitamin is very common (no matter diet choices).

Breast changes during pregnancy

  • Early tenderness breast;
  • Darkening in colour of areola/nipple;
  • Montgomery's glands (bumps around the areola), usually getting larger;
  • Breast increased sized (various from women to women);
  • Breast producing colostrum (first milk) – (depending women to women some are able to express by 16 weeks of pregnancy some get after birth);

Those changes show that the breast is developing well to breastfeed.

Before and after birth

– Non-medical options for pain relief (if possible) during and after childbirth. Choose alternatives, such as hydrotherapy, water tub, massage, hip compression, heat packs, oils, homoeopathy remedies and focused breathing.

– Skin to skin as much as possible and as soon as possible;

– Babywear (sling or carrier);

– Feeds on demand, ensuring a good latch (check position and attachment);

– Avoid supplementation and focus on a healthy diet. But use natural alternatives if needed. Such as homoeopathy, Ayurveda or whole food and organic supplement (Folate not acid folic/ ionic zinc and iron is best);

– Avoid artificial nipple, pacifiers and bottles. To avoid nipple confusion and to help stimulate milk production from baby's saliva.

Breastfeeding is focused on supply- demand, meaning the more stimulation the more production. If your baby is in intense care, enforce your rights for skin to skin and to try on latching. Pump around the clock next to your baby or with a picture to ensure your supply. This is more than milk regulation, it is well known that skin to skin and breastmilk helps with baby's health. Your body adjusts it's "formula" to your baby's specific needs at the moment.

Signs baby is transferring enough milk

–  Breastfeed 2 to 3 hours and 3 to 4h at night;

– Looks healthy;

– Gains weight even if slow but steady;

– Has plenty of wet diapers (at least 5 disposable and 6 – 8 cloth per 24h);

– Regular bowel movement (exclusively breastfed babies can go up to 14 days without);

– Alert and active when awake;

You can also do a feeding weight to check exactly how much your baby is transferring from your breast. Sometimes babies may be suffering from gas, colic, acid reflux, silent reflux or have a tongue or lip tie and also during a growth spurt. A poor latch can also lid to weight loss.

Consulting with a homeopath can also be a good choice, homeopathy has shown to effectively treat and cure PCOS.

You can check here a full information on all the galactagogue plants that may help you and which to be careful with.

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