10 Natural ways to increase your Milk Supplymotherhood
My twins were in their incubators for several weeks before I could hold them. I pumped round the clock to provide for them. After eight weeks of being fed through a tube, it was time for them to begin nursing. The lactation specialist in the NICU gave me some invaluable tips that have helped tremendously.
1) Try to sleep for at least three hour intervals
2) Eat more whole grains, flax seed, and fiber and drink loads of water.
3) Take Fenugreek herbal supplements. Fenugreek & Fennel are NOT the same. Fenugreek is a leafy green plant with little yellow flowers. Fennel is a gorgeous vegetable root, in the carrot and celery family.
4) Put a drop or two of Fennel essential oil with 2 drops of avocado oil in a veggie cap and ingest. You can also rub around your breast, avoid the nipple.
5) Drink Blessed Thistle, Milk Thistle or Goats Rue in your tea.
6) Cook with Stinging Nettle. It’s a leafy plant that can be used in salads or stews.
7) Eat Alfalfa in your diet. You can add to sandwiches or salads.
8) Cook with Garlic. This wasn’t an issue for my four sons, but some babies are turned off by the smell of garlic in milk.
9) Bake lactation cookies with Brewers Yeast. They’re to die for!
10) Believe in yourself. Confidence is key!
Lastly, I wouldn’t suggest doing all of these things at once, you’re likely to become engorged. I’ve also found that taking Lechithin supplements helps to unclog milk ducts without reducing your supply.
*I realize not everyone is able to breastfeed their baby. \\ consult your doctor.