Category Archives: Low Milk Supply

Reasons for Low Milk Supply: Common Concerns and Questions

The concern of not making enough milk for your baby is a common one. The important thing to determine is whether or not you truly have low milk supply.If your baby is gaining weight without supplementing with any other form of milk, is having at least 6-8 wet diapers, and 3-4 dirty diapers, then you do not have a low milk supply. The behavior of the baby post feed, the weight or sensation of your breasts, the frequency of feeding, the sensation of “let-down”, or how much you pump are not adequate ways of measuring whether or not you have enough breast milk. Your baby’s weight gain and diaper output is the most valid tool to measure. Continue reading

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Peppermint and other Herbs that can decrease breast milk supply

Using large amounts of the following herbs and other natural remedies should be avoided while nursing because they have been known to decrease milk supply. The amounts of these herbs normally used in cooking are unlikely to be of concern; it’s mainly the larger amounts that might be used therapeutically that could pose a problem. Peppermint, menthol, and sage are three of the biggest herbal culprits when it comes to putting a damper on milk. Continue reading

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Signs that your baby is well Fed

Signs that your baby is well fed and getting enough breast milk is one of the biggest concerns to new mothers. So how do you know if the baby is well fed or needs more? Continue reading

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