Or, Breastfeeding After Reduction Surgery–Part 2. In case you missed it, part 1 found here.
My primary sources for choosing my milk-making plan are the books Defining Your Own Success, Mother Food, and The Breastfeeding Mother’s Guide to Making More Milk. Please note: this is MY plan. It is not to be interpreted as advice to others. Some of these herbs and medications are controversial and not without risk.
I’ve added Alfalfa to my diet. Yep, the same thing farmers give to cows to increase production.
Beginning in week 37, I will add Goat’s Rue tincture. 10-15 drops 3x daily. Thank you Carey for sharing your homemade tinctures!
Beginning in week 38, I will take 1 Chasteberry supplement daily–ending on Birth day.
Just before due date: I’ll pick up a hospital grade pump so I’ll be set to go.
I’ve ordered Domperidone from Italy (where it is available over the counter). Because of lots of FDA/big pharma politics, it is not available in the US except in compounding pharmacies.
I’ll begin pumping as I can. Hey, I remember the postpartum whirlwind, so I’m giving myself some leeway on this one.
I have a huge stash of Mother’s Milk Tea which I’ll mix with my nettles, caraway, and oatstraw. I grew to love the taste of MM tea when Norah was itty.
The trusty fenugreek and blessed thistle will make an appearance. The sweet smell of maple syrup will be in the air. And I’m toying with the idea of Shatavari. Some sources suggest it might duplicate the work of domperidone. Others say it does something different. Maybe I’ll hold off.
I will continue the alfalfa, my prenatals (containing spirulina), goat’s rue, and cal-mag.
If I can tolerate it, I’ll add blackstrap molassas to my mother’s milk tea. I’ve been trying it for iron this week and it is a tough flavor to swallow.
I’d like to find a coffee-substitute made with chicory, malt, and barley (all lactogenic). Anyone? I’ve heard the brand names CARO, Roma, Caffix, Pero or Dandy Blend. But I don’t know where they might be sold.
Barley water is on the menu along with oatmeal, tahini, and pesto (for the basil and garlic). I’d like to explore some ways to add millet to the diet but I haven’t worked with that grain much. Ideas?
Oh, and a sweet friend donated 200 oz of her breastmilk in case supplementation (hopefully) temporary is needed. What a gift!!
I’ve looked at two points that might help with milk supply. Cassandra, I’ll look to you for a lesson! The points are Absolute Yin Meridian of the arm-Point 1 and Meridian of the Spleen- Point 12.
I completed my Hypnobabies training last weekend and will use some of these techniques including their breastfeeding hypnosis CD.
Sounds overwhelming, yes? Well, I have a small window to build a milk supply. A short-term madness. As a BFAR mama, I have one shot. So, I’ll give it everything and then slowly back away from things as I evaluate success. Scott is 100% certain and 100% supportive. He understands that my only task for the first few weeks is building a milk supply. And I have amazing friends and family who will surround me with love (and food!).