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TINCTURES: What's a dropperful? It doesn't fill up the whole glass tube!

People are commonly confused when they read tincture directions suggesting they take a "dropperful" or two of a tincture.  When they squeeze the bulb on the droppertop, they are surprised to see that it fills the glass tube only a little bit of the way.  They try to squeeze harder to try to fill it completely, but it never works.  This is why:

NEW PRODUCT! Teething Tincture

We have another new product here at Herb Lore!

NATURAL REMEDY FOR DEPRESSION

There has been much in the news lately about the risks of anti-depressant use during pregnancy, being linked to autism and birth defects.  Researchers in JAMA Pediatrics reported that "children of women who took anti-depressants during the second and third trimesters of pregnancy were 87% more likely to develop autism than kids born to women who didn't take the drugs." (Sources: http://www.aol.com/article/2015/12/14/antidepressants-in-pregnancy-tied-...
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/304678.php 
http://www.drugwatch.com/ssri/pregnancy/)  

Really, any pharmaceutical medication comes with side effects and many are not safe during pregnancy and breastfeeding.  But there are natural alternatives.

Allergies? Breastfeeding and considering antihistamines?

Spring and summer are high-allergy times for many, breastfeeding moms included. The common approach is to take an anti-histimine to help alleviate the symptoms. You may not know, however, that these antihistimines can also decrease or dry up breastmilk!  These medications are made to dry up secretions and fluids - it will not differentiate between the different body fluids and will commonly decrease breastmilk production.  So keep this in mind if you're thinking of resorting to those anti-histimines!

Mom: "I've never had a baby hit their weight gain before!" How did she do it??

I had a mom come to me the other day who was pregnant with her 4th baby.  She had had a history of low breastmilk production with all 3 of her previous babies, and was worried she would experience the same thing this time around too.  We chatted a while about her situation and I suggested some herbs that she could take.  I also told her about how stress can negatively affect milk supply, and that she really needed to ask for help with household chores and taking care of the other kids.  Today I got this email from her:  

Labor Induction

I remember the last several weeks of my pregnancy. They seemed to take FOREVER!  I was carrying a 9-1/2 pound baby and was SO incredibly uncomfortable! Any fear of labor was gone - I just wanted this baby OUT. As hard as it is to wait though, it is so worth it.

Fertility & Hormones

This has always mystified me.  I've talked to A LOT of women who are working on fertility - trying to become pregnant - who have worked with fertility clinics.  Frequently, they say the doctors don't check for hormone imbalance!  This is a huge factor in whether a woman can become pregnant or not!  If there is hormone imbalance, perhaps she may not be ovulating, or her luteal phase (second half of the menstrual cycle, which comes after ovulation) isn't long enough.  These things can definitely hamper conception!

Is it worth even TRYING to breastfeed your second baby?

Didn't make enough breastmilk for your first baby?  Now you're pregnant with your next one, or considering getting pregnant again?  Are you wondering if you should even try to breastfeed this next baby, considering how difficult or perhaps even impossible it was with your first one?  Let me give you some excellent news ...  

Anti-Histimines and breast milk production

Spring is the time of allergies for many, breastfeeding moms included. The common approach is to take an anti-histimine to help alleviate your suffering. You may not know, however, that these antihistimines can also decrease or dry up breastmilk!  These medications are made to dry up secretions and fluids - it will not differentiate between the different body fluids and will commonly decrease breastmilk production.  So keep this in mind if you're thinking of resorting to those anti-histimines!

Postpartum Emotions (and a Note about Postpartum Depression)

As I was writing my blog about herbs for increasing breastmilk production, I felt guided to address how normal, natural and common it is for women to feel very emotional and feel the need to cry after they've given birth, or at any time postpartum.  It became clear that it needed to be a blog post all of its own.  

Testimonial

Rescue Remedy - A remedy for every home with small children.  When my 2 year old recently got a cold with high fever and fever blisters in his mouth, I used the Rescue Remedy on him. He would have tantrum-like behavior due to the pain in his mouth and it was very hard to calm him down. The Rescue Remedy really, really, really helped. Always keep it at home, you never know when you need it!  K.J.