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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!

Best Herbs to Increase Breastmilk Production

 

There are several herbs that work well to increase milk production.  You may be wondering which one is best for you!  Here is a brief summary - there is MUCH more information under Articles & Information and a more detailed and comprehensive one in the Premium Article section.  Here is a brief summary though:

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Blessed Thistle Tincture
 
Price$13.50

May help increase breastmilk production. It is a good choice for those who find that Fenugreek does not provide expected results.

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Fennel Tincture
 
Price$13.50

Helps to ease nausea, gas, colic, reflux, indigestion, and heartburn.  Aids in bowel movements.  May Increase breastmilk production in nursing mothers.

Fenugreek Info


Fenugreek is one of the most effective herbs for increasing breastmilk production. Even moms of adopted babies have been able to establish a milk supply using Fenugreek

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Fenugreek Tincture
 
Price$21.95

Traditionally known to be one of the most popular and effective herbs for increasing breastmilk production.

Fenugreek: A great herb for increasing milk production, but you need to know how to use it correctly!

Fenugreek Seed is one of the most well-known and effective herbs used to increase breastmilk production, BUT there are some things you need to know when using it.

Galactagogues - Herbs that Increase Breastmilk Production


A galactagogue is an herb that is used to help increase breastmilk production in nursing mothers. Below is a list of some of the more effective and popular herbs and some important information about each.  For a list of the products that Herb Lore offers that include these herbs, information about which one is appropriate for your situation, and helpful dosage information, please click HERE.

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Goat's Rue Tincture
 
Price$13.50

Traditionally known as a powerful herb for increasing breastmilk production. Great choice for women with IGT, hypoplasia, previous breast surgeries, or a low milk supply from the start.

How to Increase Your Breastmilk Supply - The Summarized Version


What are the main herbs for increasing milk production?  There are many to choose from, such as Nursing Tea Moringa Blend, Nursing Tincture Moringa Blend, Goat's Rue, Moringa Leaf, ShatavariBlessed Thistle, and Fenugreek. How do I choose which is the right one for my situation?  How do I use them correctly for best results?

Info and Resources for the Formula Shortage

I have a colleague who's a recently retired IBCLC (International Board of Certified Lactation Consultants).  When she was practicing, each time she would test for her certification, she would always get the highest scores in the country.  She's extremely knowledgeable and very experienced.  I am blessed to know and work with many extremely experienced and knowledgeable lactation consultants.  

She wrote a piece yesterday about the formula shortage and what moms can do.  She's given me permission to share it with you.  Here's what she wrote:  (Please note that I have also reached out to some of my other equally qualified and experienced IBCLC's for their input, information and advice that they may have.  I will add these below when I hear back from them, in different colors to make new information easy to see.  Please check back for any new information.  Anyway, here's the first one for you:

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:  

Moringa Info

Moringa is a fast-growing tree native to South Asia and now found all throughout the tropics.  It's also known as Mulunggay, or the Miracle Tree, as it is so high in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and essential amino acids.  It's well-known and highly regarded for its ability to increase breastmilk production in nursing mothers.  It has:

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Moringa Tincture
 
Price$13.50

Traditionally known as a superfood used to increase and enrich breastmilk supply.  Great for women (or anyone!) with nutritional deficiencies or weakened immune systems.

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Nursing Tea Moringa Blend
 
Price$19.95

May help to increase breastmilk production while helping to ease gas or colic. Great choice for mothers with newborns, or babies with gas or sensitive tummies.

Nursing Tea Moringa Blend & Nursing Tincture Moringa Blend

This is a great tasting herbal combination formulated specifically to increase and enrich breastmilk production in nursing mothers. (The tea and the tincture are made from the same combination of herbs - it's just two different ways of taking it.)  This combination not only helps increase breastmilk production, but has the additional benefits of helping to alleviate and dispel gas, indigestion and colic in the baby and mother, as well as helping the mother's uterus to regain its normal shape and size after birth. The product is extremely high in vitamins, minerals, iron, protein, essential amino acids, and antioxidants. Many mothers of twins have used this product and nothing else, and successfully made enough breastmilk to feed both babies. Because its such a gentle (yet effective) product, its the one most recommended for mothers of newborns, for babies with sensitive tummies, those who tend towards gassiness, or those in need of extra nutrition.

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Nursing Tincture Moringa Blend
 
Price$15.50

May help to increase breastmilk production while helping to ease gas or colic. Great choice for mothers with newborns, or babies with gas or sensitive tummies in the convenient liquid-extract tincture form.

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Red Raspberry Leaf Tea
 
Price$13.95

A pregnant mother's best friend! It is highly nutritive and has a special affinity for the uterus, helping to tone, strengthen and bring over-all health and vitality to the uterus.

Sage Tea & Sage Tincture


Sage Tea (or Tincture) is the best herb used to decrease breastmilk production, which is helpful for weaning or when over-production, chronic or frequent engorgement, or plugged ducts is a problem, or in cases of fetal demise. 

Shatavari - for Women

Shatavari, also known as wild asparagus, is an Ayurvedic herb used for centuries for many issues, including as a reproductive tonic for both men and women, as a digestive soother, and an herb that helps one adapt and cope with stress.  It is rich in antioxidants and helps to promote healthy energy levels and strength.  It is also well-known for its ability to increase breastmilk production in breastfeeding mothers.  It’s consid

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Shatavari Tincture
 
Price$15.50

An Ayurvedic herb used to tone and nourish the male and female reproductive systems, aiding in fertility and conception.  It's also noted as one of the best herbs to increase breastmilk production in nursing mothers, making it a good choice for nursing moms wishing to conceive again.

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