Excuse the mess!

I have barely started my birth story, discussed my new blog, or finished telling you all about my family…but I just have to interrupt to get this information out there. I know that every single day there are women frantically searching for ways to increase their milk supply. In the near future I will discuss why this is so important to me. For now, I want to go ahead and get it out there so this information is available to an audience quicker.

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More Milk Plus

- This is what I am trying this go around. It is supposed to especially work well for women diagnosed with PCOS. I am using the tincture. My only concern is that I’m going to run out FAST. It is by Motherlove Herbal Company. It usually starts working within 24-48 hours of taking the product. I will update how the product works but I have noticed an increase though I just started taking it . I’m still not up to where I need to be, but there is an increase! Here is their link: http://www.motherlove.com/product/530-More-Milk-Plus.html

Breast Massage -

This helps to empty the breasts so they produce more. To massage, start by applyig a warm towel soaked in warm water to your breast. With fingertips, stroke from the top of the breast, down over the nipple. Do featherstrokes. This will elicit oxytocin. Then massage the glands and ducts by pressing firmly with the flat of fingers inot the chest wall going top down in spirals. Massage circular. At the end, lean forward and shake your breasts.

Breast Compression-

Hold the breast, cupping the breast from underneath with your thumb on one side of the breast and your fingers on the other. Watch for the baby’s swallowing. The milk flows more rapidly when baby is drinking with an open—pause—close type of suck. Open—pause—close is one suck; the pause is not a pause between sucks, but of milk flowing into his mouth before a swallow. . If using compressions while pumping, watch for sprays of milk.When baby is nibbling or no longer drinking with the open—pause—close type of suck, compress the breast gently but firmly (not so hard that it hurts) and try not to change the shape of the areola (the part of the breast near the baby’s mouth). With the compression, baby should start drinking again briefly with the open—pause—close type of suck. Keep the pressure up until the baby no longer drinks even with the compression, then release the pressure. Often the baby will stop sucking altogether when the pressure is released, but will start again shortly as milk starts to flow. If the baby does not stop sucking with the release of pressure, wait a short time before compressing again.

Hand Expression-

It is my understanding that women can sometimes remove more milk with their hand than even an expensive, hospital grade pump. Medela recommends the following method of hand expression: “Position the thumb (above the nipple) and first two fingers (below the nipple) about 1″ to 1–1/2″ from the nipple, though not necessarily at the outer edges of the areola. Use this measurement as a guide, since breasts and areolas vary in size from one woman to another. Be sure the hand forms the letter “C” and the finger pads are at 6 and 12 o’clock in line with the nipple. Note the fingers are positioned so that the milk reservoirs lie beneath them. Avoid cupping the breast. Push straight into the chest wall. Avoid spreading the fingers apart.For large breasts, first lift and then push into the chest wall. Roll thumb and fingers forward at the same time. This rolling motion compresses and empties milk reservoirs without injuring sensitive breast tissue. Repeat rhythmically to completely drain reservoirs.

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Fenugreek

–This will be available at your local health food store. I tried this with baby number 1. I did not find that it helped. However, many women certainly do. It is, however, an ingredient of Mother’s Milk Plus, which is what I am trying this time around. It is also in Mama’s Milk Tea. It is supposed to increase supply in one to two days.  You are suppossed to take enough that the smell stays on your skin. Dosages of less than 3500 mg per DAY have been reported to produce no effect in many women.

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Alfalfa Leaf-

It builds glandular tissue. It can be taken during pregnancy and after birth. It also increases fat content of the milk. I hear it works so well that overproduction can occur! I haven’t used it but plan to buy some soon. You use 1-2 teasoons per cup of water 3 times a day. To kick start supply, double dosage a few days. Increase occurs within two to four days. You can also get it capsule form-8 a day. I also hear this herb is good for iron and maternal stress.

Water

– I keep a daily log of how much water I am drinking because without it, I’ve found I do not drink enough water. I struggle to get even 8 cups a day. The Mayo Clinic recommends that lactating women drink 13 cups of fluids a day.

Oatmeal

- Many swear by oatmeal and that it increases their supply. One bowl of oatmeal a day is suggested. It hasn’t been successful for me.

Relaxation

– There are special visualizations and guided meditations for breastfeeding or pumping. A basic guide is to start by focusing on breathing and do deep breathing. Concentrate on the bond between yourself and your child.

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Mother’s Milk Tea

– I’ve tried three different types of these herbal teas. The Mother’s Milk Tea has never been successful for me. I did try a tea called Mama’s Milk Tea by Bulk Herbs and did find success. It did help early on but now that the baby has more ounces required it doesn’t seem to be helping as much. Of course, I’m almost out so have been rather stingy with using it. It is suppossed to help in a couple of days. I think if I had unlimited access to the tea than it might really work but I’m too afraid of running out of it.

 

 

Brewer’s Yeast Capsules-

I have not tried this one personally. Some say it causes their babies to be gassy and get more yeast infections. It is almost always an ingredient in lactation cookies. You can also use 1 to 2 tablespoons per day placed into a beverage and taken as a drink.

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Blessed Thistle

– This is an ingredient in both Mama’s Milk Tea and Mother’s Milk Plus.

Breastfreed or Pump more frequently

– With Power pumping you pump for 10 minutes on ten minutes off for an hour daily. It can take about a week to see an increase. There are also “Power Pumping Bootcamps”. You do powerpumping at every pumping session for a couple of days.

Anise Seed-

It helps with relaxation, flatulance in the baby, and increasing milk. You can get at a health food or grocery store. You crush 2 teaspoons of he seeds, seem 15 minutes, and sweeten. You drink 6 cups a day. I have not tried this.Mothers should also take care to avoid using star anise as some regular star anise might be contaminated with Japanese star anise which is highly toxic and associated with adverse neurological effects.

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Dandelion-

Used in China to help with milk production. This is in the Mama’s Milk Tea.

Prescription drugs

– I have tried Reglan twice. With baby one there was a difference but supply dropped dramatically once the allowed two weeks were up. With this baby, I’m still on it, so I’m not sure how much it is helping. My OB recently put me on Metformin, which is supposed to help. I think it takes about a month before you will see effects. It builds the breast tissue.

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Seaweed

: Koreans have a seaweed soup that helps with milk production. I have not tried this. Here is the recipe:1 package of dried seaweed (1 ounce is fine for four servings), available in all Korean food markets – ask for the kind used to make seaweed soup, or mi-yuk gook (you don’t want the thin kind used to make sushi rolls.)
6 cups of vegetable broth or organic chicken broth
2 teaspoons of sesame oil
Naturally brewed soy sauce or sea salt, to taste
1 teaspoon of minced garlic (optional). Soak seaweed in water for two hours or until soft. Drain and rinse really well, as dried seaweed can come with a lot of dirt, just like spinach does.Put all ingredients, including seaweed, into a large pot and bring to a boil, then simmer for five minutes to allow all the flavours to come together.Koreans traditionally enjoy this seaweed soup with a bowl of white or brown rice, sometimes together in the same bowl.

Quinoa

: A grain that is said to boost milk production. I have not tried this.

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Shatavari

is a root that has been used in India. It helps to restore hormonal balance. It has been in use as traditional Indian medicine for more than 5000 years now. It has been f ound that it stimulates release of two important components, namely prolactin and corticoids, which are mainly responsible for improving both the quality as well as quantity of breast milk. There are also evidences that suggest that it also promotes secretion of steroid hormones that can increase the breast weight and ensure higher yield of breast milk. I have not tried this. It takes a few weeks to see the results.

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Barley Water:

Taken for a week or two, it often helps mothers with chronic low milk supply. you can use whole grain, pearl, or flakes. You simmer 1/2 cup of barley in a quart of water for twenty minutes.  I have not tried this.

Fennel-

Only to be used for a few days or has a drying effect. It is thought to primarily aid in promoting let down rather than actually increasing milk supply. To prepare fennel tea, mothers may take two teaspoons of fennel seeds and crush them before pouring boiling water over the crushes seeds and allowing the tea to steep for ten minutes. Alternatively, mothers can take up to 4 ml of fennel tincture three times daily. Fennel oil can be toxic in doses greater than one teaspoon, so mothers should take care to avoid ingesting fennel oil.This is in Mother’s Love More Milk formula and Mama’s Milk Tea.

Nettle

-This is in the Mother’s Love More Milk Formula and Mama’s Milk Tea.

Goat’s Rue-

Helps with insufficient glandular tissue of the breast. This is in the Mother’s Love More Milk formula.

Hops-

Said to help with letdown reflex. You take 1 teaspon of flowers and 1 cup of boiling water. Seep 10 minutes. Take one cup at night.

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Bach’s Rescue Remedy-

This is a homeopathic remedy that is useful for triggering the letdown reflex. You take four drops under the tongue up to five minutes before pumping or nursing.

Almonds

-You take10 shelled almonds which have been soaked overnight in a little water. These are peeled and put into the blender with either a cup of hot milk or water. A pinch of ground ginger root, a pinch of cardamom powder, and a pinch of saffron are added. Add half a banana to sweeten. Blend up to almond milk to drink morning and night.

Chinese Red Dates

are given as a remedy for inadequate lactation in the ‘Chinese Barefoot Doctor’s Manual’.

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Ignatia 6x-

This is a homeopathic remdy for emotional, stressed people.
Dosage would be two tablets three times a day.

Lactation cookies-

There are many varieties and recipes available. Usually the have oatmeal and brewers yeast. There are many recipes on pinterest.

Alternative to bottle (syringe, cup, finger, or lactation aid)-

If you have to supplement this is best as the baby will receive the mother’s milk in addition to any supplement. Online I found directions for a homemade and much cheaper version using breastmilk storage bags, papertape, and s-getti (pvc piping to make lanyards in craft stores). See and make sure that the end of the tube is always at or below the level of the nipple, NEVER ABOVE, as the milk will just pour out, creating a risk of choking (and a big mess!) The most basic homemade system requires only a container to hold the milk and a tube. The container can be anything that is able to be sterilised. Some mothers use a bottle with the tube going in through the top of the teat as this minimises spills. Suitable tubes are n ot easy to find; however, as they need to be very thin, flexible, food grade and very s mooth so they can be cleaned. Most homemade systems use the smallest size of feeding tube. Feeding tubes are thin tubes used for giving nasogastric feeds to infants.

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Black seed (nigella sativa)-

A study by Agarwhal (1979) showed that black seed oil increases the milk output of breastfeeding mothers. A literature search by the University of Potchefstroom (1989), including biological abstracts, revealed that black seed’s capacity to increase the milk flow of nursing mothers could be attributed to a combination of lipid portion and hormonal structures found in the black seed.

Dill-

Supposed to increase breastmilk flow. Can be sprinkled on food.

Caraway seed tea-

Used in German nursing tea.

Saw palmetto-

This raises prolactin, which helps with milk production.

Chasteberry-

It balances hormones having to do with breast milk production.

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Malungay-

Frequently used in the Philipines. One study found that mothers who ate Malunggay produced almost 200% more milk than mothers who didn’t. You can order capsule form or use Malunggay in soup. It can be bought in Asian grocery stores.

Root beer-

As I understand it, it fortifies milk because of the malt.

Wendy’s Frosty

-The malt in it fortifies breast milk.

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Iodoral

-Some believe low supply is due to an iodine deficiency. I found very little information about this online.

***If you are taking galactagogues pump or nurse within 45 minutes to one-hour of taking the galactagogue.

Leptaden

Says Leptaden is stimulated within 8 to 12 hours in most of the cases and noticeable improvement in Lactation occurs within 5-7 days of treatment

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