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Dr. Marcel, Help! I need to drastically increase my breastmilk supply, IMMEDIATELY. I am going back to work and not pumping enough to meet my baby’s demands. What can I do right now that will have an immediate effect? The herbs, goat’s rue and fenugreek, work very well. Make yourself a tea, steeping one teaspoon of either or both herbs for five minutes. 3-4 cups a day will start the milk flowing. Also, Organic Mother’s Milk Tea, made by Puritan’s Pride, contains anise, fennel and coriander, a traditional European mixture to increase milk flow. What also helps is to get … Continue reading
Remember my milk supply woes? I thought I had solved them, but apparently not. Apparently, my milk supply is cyclical, and the cycle is weekly: on Thursdays, I pump out the most, and on Mondays, I pump out the least. I THINK it’s because I am actually more stimulated by the pump than my baby. My milk supply rises during the week because I pump 3-4 times a day, and it then drops around the weekend because I stop pumping and just solely breastfeed. So by the time Monday rolls around, I am dripping, instead of flowing, with milk. (Is … Continue reading
Remember my sad little, poor-me post about losing my breastmilk supply? Well, boo hoo no longer! I am happy to report that drinking Mother’s Milk Tea (I got the kind from Traditional Medicinals) and upping my pumping to 4x a day has re-started the milk production and the flood gates are now open! Sheesh, that fenugreek really does work, but I guess it takes 3-4 days to kick in. I was down to pumping out only 4-5 ounces in two pumping sessions at work. After 4 days of downing the tea and adding an extra pumping session in the morning BEFORE … Continue reading
The night Aria had her tongue-tie released, she cried like crazy and I spent the first 100% sleepless night of my life. Each time I thought I had rocked her to sleep, I would set her down only to have her wake up immediately and cry. By morning, she had cried so hard that she re-opened the wound under her tongue; it started bleeding. I’ll never forget the panic I felt when I saw blood welling up in my newborn’s mouth. The doctor said everything was fine, but from that point on, she “hated” breastfeeding. Here is what would happen: … Continue reading
While my little one and I have a pretty good breastfeeding relationship going now, things were pretty rough at the beginning for us. I am writing today’s blog to encourage Moms who are having problems nursing to keep going and don’t give up: my daughter didn’t nurse until she was 5 weeks old. I knew from the start that I wanted to breastfeed. Let’s face it, the propaganda around breastfeeding is pretty powerful – best thing you can do for your infant, acquired immunity, higher IQ points, and all that. I bought in hook, line, and sinker. So I took … Continue reading