Did you know there are vitamins out there that can boost your milk supply and make nursing go a little easier? Most are fairly inexpensive and can be found at your pharmacy or local vitamin “dealer” (GNC, Vitamin World…). Always talk to your doctor before adding any vitamins or supplements into your daily routine, but these are the herbs we have personally used and have had success with:
Yep, it is still important to keep taking your prenatals even after baby is born. Nursing sometimes feels like your baby is sucking the life out of you (especially at 2 am)…prenatals will help you get the important nutrients YOU need to keep up. Plus what’s another few months of healthy hair and nails?
I could not stand taking pills when I was pregnant so I took gummy prenatals– so much better for my gag reflex due to morning sickness. Once I had my kids I switched to pill form.
This is my milk supply miracle drug. I filled her freezer AND my grandparents freezer chest with milk by the time my first baby was 4 months old with milk, milk and more MILK. It boosted my supply from 25 oz a day to 60 oz in a matter of a few weeks. My doctor recommended I take 2-3 pills 3 times a day (took 3 pills 3x at first then backed off when I started to moo). When nursing my second baby 2 pills 3 times a day seemed to do the trick. KellyMom has a great dosage chart that you should look at before taking the herb. And of course, chat with your doctor.
Quick fact- Fenugreek is used as an artificial flavor in maple syrup. You WILL smell like maple syrup and if you don’t, you aren’t taking enough. Seriously, if you don’t smell like Mrs. Buttersworth then you aren’t taking enough and probably won’t see an increase in your supply. The smell faded for me after a few weeks…or maybe I was just getting used to smelling like pancakes. Either way, it’s worth the boost in supply!
We are so thankful that a few of our readers mentioned in to us! Lecithin helps prevent clogged milk ducts, something every nursing Momma HATES. I had mastitis 5 times during my nursing journey but never got it again after I started taking lecithin. Oh happy day!
I followed KellyMom’s guidelines for dosage and started with 1 pill 3 times per day. After a few weeks I cut back to 2 pills and then eventually 1. If I felt a clog coming on, I would double up to 2 again for a few days and that normally took care of things. I think this is the best kept secret in the world!!
This product saved Ash W’s nursing ‘career’ with her daughter. After having an overabundance of breast milk, she made a decision (with her doctor) to start birth control. Since she had SO much milk they did not think it would effect her supply too much. They were WRONG. Her supply went from 8+ ounces per feeding to 1/2 an ounce. She was DEVASTATED, but determined to do whatever she had to to get my milk supply back and continue to nurse her daughter for the full year.
Ashley’s lactation specialist suggested Motherlove More Milk Plus. Make sure get the PLUS because it is more potent. WARNING: It tastes TERRIBLE. Imagine the worst shot you have ever taken. Now x10. That is how bad this tastes.
Drink it like its your job, after all it’s free! Nursing can cause you to get dehydrated which can decrease your milk production. So drink up Momma! After all, you are going to need something to swallow all these pills we are suggesting haha! ;o)
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