As a first-time mom, my breastfeeding journey did not start so well as I expected. I didn't know much about herbs to increase milk supply, neither did I know what was and wasn't normal, like frequent nursing sessions.
This is the first motherhood step that we can't control. We can only manage a 'better' way to deal with and to improve it.
A little bit of my tail I started with terrible engorged breasts while in the maternity ward, where everyone tried to help me with breastfeeding, but non cared that she has a lip tie, until now at 1-year-old when it finally got diagnosed!
The pain will only be in the first days (true!!) – They said. Not quite enough for a sleepless new mom and super engorged…
Every position would hurt my breasts and I felt like I could pump all day all night! To make it even harder, my girl was a preemie and was losing weight (the NORMAL 10%) and they put fear into us – new young parents. So they forced fed her with donor milk until I started pumping, and they backed off for a bit.
Basically, I had milk, never knew if it was enough if they hadn't forced donor and formula, I tried to dry my milk because of all going on in my head, and finally I tried hard for my daughter to have the best possible.
I pumped while breastfeeding, I pumped when she was asleep, I pumped after she was done for the night… gosh! I pumped ALL THE TIME – AROUND THE CLOCK!
Even eat SO MUCH oatmeal with flax seed, that 1 year after and I still can't bear the taste.
I'm a – just enough producer but still struggled with breastfeeding due to insufficient glandular tissue…
But what helped me keep up with my milk supply after the hospital messed it up? How do I feed and am able to pump a little extra to freeze if I need to? Oh, and how in the world am I still breastfeeding 1 year after?
Well, all thanks to some amazing herbs, supplementation and eating as healthy as I can.
That's what I'm sharing today to help other moms in need.
First read this post to know EXACTLY if you have low supply or not – This is EXTREMELY IMPORTANT, you may wish you were an over-producer, but believe me, many moms who are, find it very hard to deal with for many reasons.
ATTENTION : BLACK SEED, FENNEL AND SHATAVARI ARE NOT SAVE DURING PREGNANCY. FENNEL MAY HELP TO INCREASE OR DECREASE MILK SUPPLY DEPENDING ON EACH BODY.
Torbangun: Not for use during pregnancy. It can lower blood sugar – if you’re diabetic or hypoglycemic, consult your doctor.
Now that I let you know about the risks let's start with our list of milk boosters!
It is said that Alfalfa may help not only to boost milk supply but also to stimulate mammary gland growth and increase milk fat content. It can be of good help if you suffer from edema postpartum. It is highly nutritious and can safely be taken during pregnancy and postpartum. (It has a high level of protein, calcium, and fiber).
It is usually used in Europe to improve the flow of milk and soothe colic/gassiness in babies. In one study it was compared the volume of milk produced while taking anise extract compared to none and the result was an increase in milk production off 68% more when taking the extract!
3# Black Seed
It is known to stimulate the release of prolactin hormone, to promote mammary gland growth and an increase in milk production. It is rich in protein, minerals (calcium, iron) and fatty acids. A study showed that black seed extract may increase milk production by 37%.
A study showed that fennel increased not only milk production but also fat content. It can soothe colic and gastrointestinal upsets in babies. Fennel boosts milk production and can also improve flow if milk and stimulation of mammary gland growth.
5# Goat's Rue
Goat's rue may help mothers with insufficient glandular tissue (hypoplasia) besides helping with milk production.
6# Milk Thistle
Besides its effects on liver protection is has been named ad a milk boosting by promoting the release of prolactin. A study in lactation women consuming milk thistle for 63% showed a milk production increased by 85%.
This plant has been shown to increase milk production in just a few days after taking it! It is said to help boost prolactin levels. In 100 grams of dried moringa, there is 9x the protein in yogurt, 17x the calcium in cow's milk and 24x the iron in spinach. It was shown that consuming moringa at the end of pregnancy increased milk production to 152%-176% just 2 days after delivery compared to a placebo group. (Study with near-term pregnant women)
Shatavari has been used to help with female health issues. Has been known to stimulate mammary gland growth and to increase milk production. In a study of women with lactation inadequacy using Shatavari root for 30 days resulted in 33% increase in prolactin levels and a decrease in the use of supplemental milk.
Ixbut has been used by the indigenous populations of Central America to stimulate milk production. It's traditionally served as an herbal tea due to its light, nutty flavor.
A study carried with 86 postpartum women showed a 62% increase in milk production. In subsequent studies among 1,800 women struggling with breastfeeding, 50% indicated they could not nurse at all without ixbut, 35% showed a notable improvement in milk production with ixbut, and 15% showed no benefit.
Commoly used in Indonesia during the '4th trimester' as a lacation stimulator. The leaves are consumed to mothers who give birth in North Sumatra, especially because of it's high levels in iron, potassium, calcium and magnesium.
In one randomized clinical study, three groups of 25 women each were given fenugreek, torbangun or B12 for 30 days. The torbangun group experienced a 65% increase in breastmilk volume in the last 2 weeks of the study. This increase was much higher than with the groups receiving B12 or fenugreek which were only 10% and 20%, respectively.
Oatmeal and lactation foods have also helped women with milk supply, including myself.
Have you tried any of those, did it work for you? Have you tried something else that showed positive results? Let me know in the comments below!
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