Natural Breastfeeding Support

April 4 2016No Commented

Categorized Under: Health product reviews, Pregnancy

The growth and development of a fetus, into a baby, the birthing process and the ability for the baby to continue to be nourished by the mother with breast milk is truly miraculous!  Whether you choose to or are able to breastfeed your baby or not, many women struggle to produce enough milk and find breastfeeding a challenge.

We stock a lot of different products to help increase breast milk in a nursing woman.

These are the most popular products we stock
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The herb Blessed Thistle:  Valued for its action in breast feeding women as a Galactagogue – Something that increases breast milk in a lactating woman.  As well as this, it is said to enrich breast milk. It is often found in breastfeeding herbal combinations and works well with other herbs such as Marshmallow, fenugreek and fennel.

The Seed from Fenugreek: Also a galactagogue, Fenugreek seeds contain a rich supply of steroidal saponins, which act as hormonal precursors & building blocks, which can also help to increase breast milk production in a nursing woman.  Many women drink Fenugreek seed tea, with its delicious mild curry type taste, but you can purchase it in a capsule too.   Again, it is often found in combination with other breastfeeding herbs, such as fennel and aniseed, as in Fenugreek Flow tea.

Feeding Cookies:  Made here in Auckland New Zealand by Jesse and Blair, Feeding Cookies (which are very popular) contain Fenugreek and fennel, 2 herbs known to help increase breast milk.  They are wheat and dairy free and would go perfectly with a cup of Nursing Tea, while feeding baby.

Milk Flow: This homeopathic remedy has been formulated to assist in establishing a regular flow of breast milk in the early days of breast feeding. It may be of particular benefit to a breastfeeding woman following a shock or illness, that has affected her breast milk.

Other important aspects to increase breast milk include nipple stimulation, as this causes the release of hormones that increase milk production and flow.  Bottom line is, the more the baby suckles, the more milk should be produced – Its all about Supply and demand.  It is also important to empty the breast of milk fully, so it can be replenished again.  So  if baby dosnt drink it all, expressing can help to expel the rest.

Stay well hydrated. You need to drink a minimum of 2 litres of water a day and this is particularly important while breastfeeding, to stay well hydrated.  I think it is a good idea to make a cup of Nursing herbal tea before starting and sip this while feeding.  It contains many of the herbs I have talked about in this post.  You can count this as part of your fluid intake.Food for a balanced diet. Essential while breastfeeding

Eat a balanced diet and don’t forget to eat adequate protein.
Breast milk is a nutritious “elixir of life”, filled with protein, carbohydrates, vitamins & minerals and essential fatty acids.  Making sure you are eating three main meals and also snacks is important (especially a snack while feeding) and dont miss out any of the main food groups.  If you are vegan or vegetarian, you may need to get specialised advice (from a nutritionist) to ensure you are getting adequate protein in your diet.  There are heaps of local businesses who have web sites that offer ready made nutritious meals, that can be ordered ahead of time, delivered to your door and popped in the deep freeze, ready for the next time you are caught out, or just dont have the time (or energy) to make a proper meal.  Suggestions include angeldelivery.co.nz,  eat.co.nz,  farrofoodkits.co.nz, fitmein.co.nz (big fit menu),  thecasualfoodie.co.nz,  and we LOVE the salad options at originfoods.co.nz (Just add www. to each of these web addresses)

Sleep.  If you are not getting adequate sleep, this can affect your milk supply.  It is Vital to “Go with it” and to sleep during the day when baby sleeps and fit in as many naps as you can during the day, as well as as much as you can get at night time.  If you are finding it hard to switch your brain off to fall asleep (even though you feel exhausted) it may be that your mineral levels are low and you need to “top these up”.   A lack of the minerals calcium and magnesium (and their co factors) as well as iron, will affect your ability to fall asleep and then stay asleep.  Calcium needs are huge during pregnancy and while breast feeding.  A breastfeeding woman needs around 1800mg of calcium EVERY DAY and this is just to supply daily needs.  Calcium coats the nerves and having an adequate amount in the body makes us feel more relaxed.  You can check out my Calcium Chart here, which talks about the different levels people need, at different times in their life.  I recommend all pregnant and breastfeeding women use Radiance Mineral Power to help supply their mineral needs.

If you continue to have problems with supply or Breastfeeding generally, consider seeing a Lactation Consultant, La Leche League, Plunket, Your Midwife or Doctor to talk about what is happening.

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Author
Leanne James
Founder Healthyonline & Ideal Health

 

 

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