Whether a woman is genetically inclined to produce less breast milk than she needs for her baby, or her diet interferes with her ability to produce enough breast milk, there are herbal options that are safe for mommy and baby to provide the boost mommy needs to feed her baby naturally and have that wonderful bonding experience that only she can share with her young.
There are many safe herbs out there that can aide in producing more breast milk in a woman’s body, and with proper doctor notification (you should always alert your doctor to any medications and herbs you are taking if you are going to be pregnant or are breastfeeding) many women can safely and effectively produce more breast milk naturally.
Women who may have issues with breast feeding commonly are women who breast feed on one side only, who don’t allow their infants to latch on, women who wean their children too early or don’t allow them to suckle long enough, or women with poor diets in their own systems. Every woman should have the ability to feed their own child, and even low lactation should be sufficient to feed a growing child. However, women who don’t have the time or energy to breast feed for long periods of time to allow their infant to get enough to eat or women with weak milk flow may benefit from herbs in their diet to increase milk production and flow.
A healthy herb for mommy and baby is Fennel. Fennel increases milk production and also aides in digestion and gas, helping a colicky baby when it drinks milk enriched with Fennel. Baby gets enough to eat and mommy gets to sleep at night because baby is not wailing all night long from colic.
Fenugreek is a well-known lactation aide that works quickly and effectively in helping women produce more milk. It also is an antibiotic so it keeps mommy and baby healthy from infections and viruses.
Lactation teas, such as Mother’s Milk teas are available in most grocery stores and herbs like marshmallow, raspberry leaf, and nettle help produce more milk production in nursing women.
There are physical things a woman can do to produce more milk and replenish her milk supply quickly as well. The body automatically responds the rooting and sucking motion of an infant (which is why often when a nursing mom hears a baby cry she starts lactating) so allow your infant to root and nurse for longer periods of time. Allow your baby to “finish” on one breast before moving to the other, and don’t allow one breast to be the only one for feeding. Alternate them both so they both get the proper stimulation to produce and maintain a higher milk flow. Allowing your baby to nurse even after they are full (like in their sleep, some babies “suckle”) helps stimulate the milk ducts and replenish depleted milk sooner. Let your baby give your boobs a workout, so to speak.
It is very rare that a mother cannot produce enough milk to feed her baby, and breast size has nothing to do with a woman’s ability to produce milk. If you are serious about producing more milk for your baby for whatever reason, consult your doctor to see if herbal options are right for you and your baby.