Overcoming Breastfeeding Obstacles with Natural Solutions
Common breastfeeding challenges include: low supply, blocked milk ducts, breast infection (mastitis), and thrush (a type of fungal infection).
Newborns typically feed 10-12 times a day, which is about every two hours. This may seem quite often, but this frequency is normal and has nothing to do with low supply.
Focusing on your own health is vital to that of your little one. Your baby should be back to birth weight by about 2 weeks of age. If your baby is not gaining weight, you may want to consider medicinal herb supplements.
If your baby seems very sleepy without much energy, has decreased wet diapers or dark urine, then you will want to increase your milk supply.
The fennel plant contains anethole, a phytoestrogen, that increases prolactin levels. Prolactin is a hormone involved in the production of breast milk.
Goat’s rue helps stimulate and build milk supply for women who have hormonal conditions such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), or a lack of glandular breast tissue.
Moringa is used to increase and support breast milk production in nursing mothers, including moms of preterm babies.
Shatavari (Asparagus racemosa) is used for condiitons caused by hormonal imbalances, such as infertility and menstrual disorders. It can also be used to increased milk production.
There are many factors that influence milk supply. These include latching issues and stress. It is important to discuss breastfeeding issues with a trained professional, such as a lactation consultant or your KIYA Longevity health consultant.