ADVICE FOR MOTHERS WHO ARE PUMPING, OR HAVING PROBLEMS WITH THEIR SUPPLY
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Supplements Commonly Used to Aid Breastfeeding
Goat’s Rue is especially good for mothers who have insufficient glandular tissue (IGT), goat’s rue will help the tissue develop and allow you to produce more milk.
Fenugreek and Blessed Thistle : these are the most commonly used, and while they work really well for some, note that for some they do the opposite. My supply tanked on fenugreek.
Shatavari: I do not have personal experience with this supplement but it has been recommended to me over and over.
*Please note, supplements only work if they are the right ones for you. If you are unsure which are best for you, consult a lactation consultant or a nutritionist!*
I Found These to be the Most Effective in Aiding my Supply
Oatmeal, Brewer’s Yeast & Ground Flax Seed are great when added to smoothies or lactation cookie recipes! Check out my Breastfeeding Pinterest Board for recipes. If you aren’t so into baking, or don’t have the energy, like me, the first several weeks these Lactation Cookies are amazing! But most importantly drink tons of water. I find that having a couple good water bottles is helpful, that way if one is dirty, I can be lazy and use a different one until it is clean. If water bores you, try adding in some lemon and or cucumber, even strawberries!
How I Got My Milk Supply Up
- Double pump (you release more prolactin when you double pump) with a Spectra electric pump
- Pump 8-10x a day THIS IS CRUCIAL, at least once between 1 and 5 am, when prolactin is the highest
- Get a Nursing Bra with a built-in Hands-Free Pumping Bra, make pumping as convenient as possible
- Hand-expression to finish up after each pumping session
- Goat’s Rue
- I use a Supplemental Nursing System to encourage my baby to latch and learn to feed from the breast
- Power Pump 2-3 days a week, I do weekends when my husband is around for additional help with the baby
- Use paced bottle feeding, so he isn’t so frustrated when he returns to breast
- Keep in touch with my lactation consultant, and ask for help when I need it.
- Here is a link to finding a certified lactation consultant in your area http://www.ilca.org/why-ibclc/falc
Please contact me if you have any questions or suggestions that helped you!!