I have a 7 week old son, whom I have been determined to breastfeed from day one. Unfortunately, I have had one challenge after another, yet I am not willing to give up.
First, I was hospitalized a few days after I gave birth due to some health issues and that may have affected my initial milk supply because I didn't get to pump or nurse for a few days while I was hospitalized (I nursed from birth to the fourth day). Second, once I did breastfeed at home, I had an ineffective nurser who always fell asleep at the breast, so I relied heavily on pumping after sessions to empty my breasts and stimulate more milk production. Since then, there was a slight improvement.
Soon after adding herbs to my regime, including mother's milk plus and goat's rue from Motherlove, I noticed a big difference in my milk supply, and as you can imagine I was thrilled. I also added alfalfa to further enhance my supply. A week and a half later, I broke out in hives all over my body and had to go to the emergency room because my throat felt like it was closing up. I was prescribed prednisone and benadryl every 6 hours and sent home. Now that I have been on the benadrly, although I tried to avoid taking it, I noticed a drop in my milk supply. I know this is common, but I have no other choice to take it, otherwise my breakouts are so severe.
Has anyone else had a similiar reaction to these herbs? I have continued to take the mother's milk plus and goat's rue because I was on it for a week and a half with no allergic reaction, but stopped the alfalfa as I started that only a day or so before the breakout. I am still suffering with the hives but they appear on different areas of the body so I am hoping that this is a case of the hives getting worse before it gets better which from what I understand may be the norm. At this point, I may have no other choice other than to stop both all the herbs as I am not getting better, which will only exacerbate the supply issue.
My biggest challenge and frustration is the drop in the milk supply. I feel so distraught and depressed that all the hard work and progress I've made has now been for naught. Just when I felt as though I was getting the hang of things, and for once, felt that all the hard work paid off (research, pumping, supplements, etc.) and that my son finally seems satisfied, I am given this curve ball.
Please, any help or suggestions would be greatly, greatly appreciated.