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  1. #11
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    Default Re: Spray

    In general the lactation cookies and tea are to increase supply. To keep the Quality good, just make sure you are eating healthy nutrient dense foods and taking your vitamins.

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    Lactation cookies & teas contain galactagogues. They are for increasing milk production. Not all mothers require any galactagogues to make enough milk. In fact, most do not.
    Even malnourished mothers make "good" milk, although it is true that if a mother is very low in certain nutrients her milk may be as well. A malnourished mother may not make enough milk. And of course, malnourishment is not healthy for the mother.
    Again, if you need to pump, hand express, or encourage baby to nurse more to avoid painful engorgement, do so. You were pumping 5 ounces extra every night. It might take several days to wean your body away from needing that pump session.

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    Default Re: Spray

    We had our 2month apt with the pediatrician and she continues to gain a consistent half pound every week (now 10lb 13oz and 22.5 inches), so I'm feeling good that any possible oversupply or oald issues are not effecting baby girl's growth.!

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    I am so happy your baby is gaining well! A half pound a week is textbook normal weight gain for this period, so you are correct that your child's gain does not indicate overproduction.

    Because many mothers read these forums for information, I do want to address the idea that overproduction might adversely affect weight gain.

    Many mothers have overabundant milk production in the early months and their babies will gain more rapidly than average due to that. This is FINE. It does not hurt baby a bit. Any 'extra' gain during this period will even out over time. Genetics decide the eventual size of a person. Obesity or being unhealthily overweight are not issues that occur with breastfed babies (at least, not while they are babies and exclusively breastfed.) The evidence suggests breastfed babies are less likely to develop issue with childhood obesity as well.

    Some people are under the impression that SLOW weight gain can be caused by overproduction or forceful letdown due to baby 'not getting enough hindmilk.' This is a myth.

    Why we look at weight gain when talking about overproduction is because, if overproduction or the resulting forceful letdown is causing either mom or baby to be having real trouble, (and it may or may not) one remedy is to take active steps to reduce milk production by block nursing.
    For block nursing to be considered safe or appropriate at all, it is very important that baby is gaining very very rapidly, well over average gain of about 6-8 ounces a week, indicating extreme overproduction that can be reduced some without reducing production too much. And even then, it is only appropriate if the os is causing other issues. Again, the rapid gain itself is fine.

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    Default Re: Spray

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*maddieb View Post
    Because many mothers read these forums for information, I do want to address the idea that overproduction might adversely affect weight gain.

    Many mothers have overabundant milk production in the early months and their babies will gain more rapidly than average due to that. This is FINE. It does not hurt baby a bit. Any 'extra' gain during this period will even out over time. Genetics decide the eventual size of a person. Obesity or being unhealthily overweight are not issues that occur with breastfed babies (at least, not while they are babies and exclusively breastfed.) The evidence suggests breastfed babies are less likely to develop issue with childhood obesity as well.

    Some people are under the impression that SLOW weight gain can be caused by overproduction or forceful letdown due to baby 'not getting enough hindmilk.' This is a myth.

    Why we look at weight gain when talking about overproduction is because, if overproduction or the resulting forceful letdown is causing either mom or baby to be having real trouble, (and it may or may not) one remedy is to take active steps to reduce milk production by block nursing.
    For block nursing to be considered safe or appropriate at all, it is very important that baby is gaining very very rapidly, well over average gain of about 6-8 ounces a week, indicating extreme overproduction that can be reduced some without reducing production too much. And even then, it is only appropriate if the os is causing other issues. Again, the rapid gain itself is fine.

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