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How do I support good milk supply as a nursing mother?

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If you feel like your supply is decreasing, first evaluate feedings and your little one. If the breast is draining well during the feedings and there are plenty of wet and soiled diapers, your supply is just fine.

Removing milk is the best way to stimulate and maintain a healthy milk supply. Use more frequent feedings, hand expression and/or pumping to drain the breast and stimulate production.

Maintaining a balanced diet, high in protein and fiber, and drinking to thirst to will support a healthy supply. Busy mamas forget to eat sometimes; keeping snacks such as nuts, granola bars, and pitted fruits on hand can help remind you to eat. Coconut water is a great way to stay hydrated and get the electrolytes you need.

It can take 48 to 72 hours to see a change in supply, if you are not seeing results you may want to contact a lactation support person for further assistance.


Heather Martin, IBCLC,RLC
A new baby brings joy, excitement, wonder, and sometimes concern.

The best way to support a good milk supply for nursing mothers is frequent nursing sessions and skin to skin in the early weeks. Milk supply is fueled by supply and demand, the more frequently babies are brought to the breast, the more milk your body will produce.
Ensuring that baby has a good seal at the breast, is transferring well (watch for frequent diapers), and gaining 5-7oz per week through 6 months of age.
Other ways to support a good milk supply are to ensure that you are drinking a fair amount of water, eating healthy and getting rest (as best possible).

For some, supplements can be helpful, however, they can be detrimental for others.
Lactation cookies are a great treat but aren't always feasible for long term use.

If there are breastfeeding concerns, working an IBCLC can be a great way to find solutions.


Cameron Rayne Higdon
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I have heard of several mothers having success using the natural supplement I use. It is helping to reduce inflammation and boost our body's ability to heal naturally using nutrigenomics. Feel free to let me know if you'd like to see some testimonials, not supposed to post that on here just info. My cell is 407-929-9097 email fire7rayne@gmail.com
I also have a friend to makes lactation cookies, and she's considering adding the supplement I use. I can get you in touch with her also.


Dr. Jennifer Shaw
Helping Women Find More Joy, Energy & Balance

I have helped many mothers with this concern. You can apply Basil essential oil (I would only use doTERRA) with lotion to the breasts 1-2 times daily and/or take 2 drops of Fennel 2 times a day for 10 days at a time.


Eating well means choosing the right nutrient dense foods the earth has to offer.

Hi
Drink plenty of fluids, eart several small meals daily and relax! Stress can inhibit your supply. My favorite foods to enhance supply are: whole grain barley, dark leafy green vegetables, nettles tea, and fennel. Fenugreek herb ( 2 caps, 3-4 times daily) can be tried as a remedy after you have done all of the above. Also make sure baby has good latch and is on each breast for at least 20 minutes to allow the hind milk to come in.


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