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  1. Breastfeeding Today, Issue 28, March 2015

    Breastfeeding Today, Issue 28, March 2015



    Features:
    • Outgrowing the Need, or Weaning Gently

    • Breastfeeding "Forever" - the benefits of extended nursing and gradual weaning

    • A...
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    Goat's Rue

    GOAT'S RUE

    The use of goat's rue as a galactagogue may date back to the early 20th century, when it was seen to increase milk production in cows. There are no high-quality studies on the use of...
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    Nettle

    NETTLE

    Nettle (also called stinging nettle) is a common ingredient in supplements and teas promoted to increase milk production, though there is no evidence to support its use as a galactagogue. ...
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    Fennel

    FENNEL

    In traditional medicine, fennel is used to treat intestinal problems like gas and bloating.

    Fennel is a common ingredient in supplements and teas intended to increase milk production....
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    Blessed Thistle

    BLESSED THISTLE

    Do not use during pregnancy

    Blessed thistle is a common ingredient in supplements and teas promoted to increase milk production, though there is no evidence to support its use...
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    Fenugreek

    FENUGREEK

    Do not use during pregnancy

    Fenugreek is the most commonly recommended herbal galactagogue. It’s used in many mothers’ milk teas and combination herbal products, like MotherLove More...
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    Re: Galactogogues

    Below is some basic information on these herbal galactagogues:


    Fenugreek
    Blessed Thistle
    Fennel
    Nettle
    Goat's Rue
    Shatavari
    Moringa
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    Re: Back to breast at 6 weeks

    I'm so sorry, alicec1985, we seem to have missed this one! I can imagine how stressful and discouraging it is to have your baby push away when you try to nurse. And I'm sorry the LC wasn't helpful....
  9. Re: Breastfeeding with breast implants

    Welcome! :gvibes

    bfar.org might be a good resource... It stands for "Breastfeeding After Reduction," but they have information about breastfeeding after any type of breast surgery. Here's their...
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    Re: How to sleep for BF working mom

    OMG, yes! Too much credit, and way too much blame. My kids are now 13 and almost-17 years old (:yikes) and looking back, I can see that they were themselves from day 1. I'm sure I've had some...
  11. Re: Possible to have milk duct at base of nipple?

    I got out my copy of Breastfeeding: A Guide for the Medical Profession, and if I understand it correctly (not being anything close to a medical professional!), it does sound like it's possible to...
  12. Re: Vasospasms and using essential oils?

    I'm not sure there's enough research on essential oils to know if any would be effective for vasospasm. I'd recommend being very cautious about putting any essential oils on your nipples. Many of...
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    Homeopathic Products

    HOMEOPATHIC PRODUCTS

    Homeopathy is a philosophy of medicine created in the 19th century by a German physician named Samuel Hahnemann, and is based on a few central principles:


    “Like cures...
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    Re: Mint effecting milk supply?

    There's actually no real data that I can find showing that mint has an effect on supply. As far as I've been able to track down, the reputation comes from anecdotal accounts of moms seeing a dip in...
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    Dietary Supplements and Herbal Remedies

    DIETARY SUPPLEMENTS AND HERBAL REMEDIES



    NOTE:

    • The experts at InfantRisk generally recommend that breastfeeding women avoid taking herbal medicines or supplements because of the lack of...
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    Throat Lozenges/Sprays

    THROAT LOZENGES/SPRAYS

    Benzocaine (anesthetic in cough drops/lozenges)


    Ingredient in: Cepacol, Chloraseptic lozenges
    Safety Rating: L2 - No Data-Probably Compatible
    Transfer to Milk:...
  17. Breastfeeding Today, Issue 27, January 2015

    Breastfeeding Today, Issue 27, January 2015



    Features:
    • What Joyce Taught Me About Birth

    • The Power of Hand Expression

    • Galactagogues - The medications, herbs, and foods that have...
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    Re: Vitamins and herbs

    The 5000 IU of vitamin D that you've been taking may be just about right while you're breastfeeding...

    The Endocrine Society recommends that breastfeeding mothers take 1400-1500 IU per day, plus...
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    Over-the-counter Cold Medicines

    Most over-the-counter cold medicines are a combination of medications. They usually include a pain reliever and one or more of the following:


    Decongestant - to clear clogged nasal passages
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    Re: About to give up, heartbroken

    I'm so sorry, Crissy! Your post ended up in a moderation queue and I didn't see it until now.

    A fast letdown can make nursing frustrating and upsetting for both of you, and it sounds like yours is...
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    Re: Does Anyone Choose Not to Pump?

    Absolutely! If you don't need to pump, then you don't need to pump. If that makes sense. :D I tried to build a small freezer stash after my oldest was born—just in case—but I couldn't pump more...
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    Re: Cracked nipple

    Wow, that sounds really awful. :( I had pain for a long time with my daughter, but nothing like what you're going through. I'm impressed by your persistence -- I don't think I could have stuck with...
  23. Breastfeeding Today, Issue 26, November 2014

    Breastfeeding Today, Issue 26, November 2014



    Features:
    • When Stored Milk Smells Soapy or Rancid - excerpt from the book Working and Breastfeeding Made Simple by Nancy Mohrbacher, IBCLC

    •...
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    Mary Ann Cahill, LLL Founder

    It is with great sadness that we mourn the passing of Mary Ann Cahill, one of La Leche League’s seven Founders and fellow LLLI Board member, who left us on the morning of October 26, 2014.

    Our...
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    Re: Streaks of blood in stool

    Just an FYI -- this was part of an older thread, and I split it off into its own thread since it's a new situation. :gvibes
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