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Four ways to boost milk supply
First things first – nurse, nurse and more nursing!
Look at factors that may be contributing to supply.
What is a galactagogue?
A galactagogue is a substance that helps increase milk supply; the substances can be herbal or prescribed by your physician. A galactagogue, even the herbs that naturally increase milk production, should be used as a last resort. I used fenugreek and it definitely helped boost my supply. Reader be warned though – if you take fenugreek your milk and poop will smell like maple syrup; your baby will smell like it too! Other galactagogues are blessed thistle and alfalfa. As always, and even with herbal remedies, consult with a trusted physician or lactation consultant before consuming. The herb, fennel, can be used to aid in letdown which would be good to use if you need to pump more frequently due to working full-time.
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Bring on the cookies!
The web has a ton of lactation boosting cookie recipes. When looking for a recipe you’ll want to find one that includes the ingredients oatmeal, Brewer’s yeast and flax seed. Do not purchase quick cooking oats; you need the old fashioned kind. And the Brewer’s yeast? A good, hearty dark beer does help boost milk supply and Brewer’s yeast does too. As for the flax seed – buy the milled kind.
Check out these recipes so you can make your own lactation cookie:
You can also purchase pre-made cookies, you know, for those super duper tired times when you just do not want to bake a batch of cookie, have a few of these on hand in your pantry:
Remember, before you start fretting look at your baby: Is he satisfied after a breastfeeding session? Is he gaining weight? If the answer is “yes” to those questions chances are your supply is fine and there’s no need to worry.
And if you have an oversupply problem or think you might read about Laura’s experience here.