It's quite possible that herbal remedies help increase milk supply -- almost every culture has some sort of herb or plant or potion. There are several drugs that obviously do increase milk supply, and of course it is reasonable to assume that some plants and herbs might contain similar pharmacological agents.
Dear Lactation Consultant,
My husband recently purchased a massage package for me after delivering via c-section 3 weeks ago. I know that massage eliminates toxins in your body and I am concerned about whether the toxins will enter the breast milk while I'm nursing. Will this happen and will it be detrimental to the baby?
Dear Lactation Consultant,
Overall the experience of breastfeeding my first child was positive but I did have some problems to start. My milk didn't come in until day 7 so I had a starving baby which was really stressful. A nurse recommended Fenugreek tablets to increase my supply which did seem to help and I also took them a couple of months down the track when I felt my supply wasn't keeping up and again they seemed to work.
Although concern about not having enough milk is the number one reason that mothers wean their babies early, having too much milk can also be a problem. When you consider the fact that a small percentage of women don't have the capacity to produce enough milk for their babies no matter what they do, then having too much milk is a relatively good breastfeeding problem to have...
You and your baby have been happily nursing for several months. You have overcome the common problems nursing couples have in the early weeks, such as sore nipples or engorgement, and things are progressing nicely. Suddenly, he begins refusing the breast and seems quite unhappy about it.
Many new mothers tell me that they plan to nurse their babies for six months, or until they get teeth. With the AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) now recommending nursing for at least a year, it makes sense to re-examine our ideas about breastfeeding babies with teeth.
by Anne Smith, IBCLC
Nearly all nursing mothers worry at one time or another about whether their babies are getting enough milk. Since we can't measure breastmilk intake the way we can formula intake, it is easy to be insecure about the adequacy of our milk supplies. The "perception" of insufficient breastmilk production is the most common reason mothers give for weaning or early introduction of solids or supplements. Although there is a very small percentage of women who can't produce enough milk no matter what they do, this is very rare.
Once you successfully make it through the early weeks of breastfeeding, and manage to overcome any problems you may have had in the beginning (soreness, engorgement, hormonal rushes, etc.) you usually experience a "honeymoon period".
While my personal belief is that nothing in the world is more natural than breastfeeding, and therefore every nursing mother should feel comfortable pulling her shirt up or off and nursing anywhere at all, I understand that we live in a society where this just isn't possible.
Most mothers are highly motivated to eat a nutritious diet during their pregnancies. Assuming that you ate an adequate diet while you were pregnant, you can produce plenty of milk for your baby by keeping up this motivation and making sure that you continue your healthy eating patterns during lactation.