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:
We received a message from one of our friends on Facebook, Sarah Perry, asking us if we would like to work together to promote National Breastfeeding Month! As we support breastfeeding whenever it's possible (we do understand that in some cases, it's not), we wanted to write an informational blog on mother's milk itself, and its role in the postpartum journey, human health, and its influence world wide.
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!
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:
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.
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!
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 ...