What to do when your period slows your milk supply
Many women believe that they won’t have their period while they they are breast feeding, but this belief is often not true. While some women may not experience the start of their normal period until months after their child is weaned, other women may begin their period within a few weeks or months after giving birth, while other women may spot off and on while breastfeeding or have irregular periods. Whether or not your get your period while you are breastfeeding is going to depend on many things and it is possible that with each pregnancy your period may start at a different time.
How Your Period Affects Your Breast Milk
Some women worry that having their period while breast feeding will somehow make their breast milk unhealthy for their baby to drink. Nothing could be further from the truth. Your breast milk is still perfectly healthy for your child and there is no reason why you can’t continue breast feeding during your period, although your breasts may feel a little tender.
However, your period may have some minor effects on your breast milk. In some cases, your breast milk may taste a little different to your infant during your period so they may become fussy or not eat as much as normal. In other cases the supply of your breast milk may diminish slightly due to hormonal changes in your body. As long as your baby is continuing to eat enough and gain weight then there is nothing to worry about. However, if you are worried that your infant is not getting enough to eat either because they refuse to feed due to the taste of your milk or because you have less milk then you consult a medical professional.
Things You Can do to Keep Your Supply of Milk Abundant During Your Period
If your breast milk supply does slow or dwindle there are some natural things you can do to help stimulate your body into making more milk. Here are some things you can try to help increase production during this time.
Increase Feedings- One of the first things you could try is increasing the number of times you breast feed a day and the length of time you spend breast feeding each session. If your breast milk supply has decreased, your baby will probably welcome an extra feeding or two. In the alternative your infant may also want to feed longer at each feeding in order to feel full. By increasing your feedings to meet your baby’s hunger, you will be also encouraging your body to produce more milk.
Stimulate Your Breast Between Feedings- Stimulating your breasts between feedings by either using a breast pump or by hand stimulation can also help increase your the production of breast milk. Power Pumping helps too.
Herbal Breastfeeding Tea- You can also drink some herbal breastfeeding tea in order to help gently increase your breast milk production.
While starting a period while your breastfeeding your infant may involve tender breasts and a small amount of discomfort, it is a natural occurrence and for most women won’t interfere with the enjoyment of feeding their baby from their own body.
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Alfalfa is highly nutritious. It contains many vitamins and minerals and it’s rich in antioxidants. It is low in saturated fat and cholesterol and a good source of protein and fiber. Alfalfa has a long history of use in women’s health. It has been consumed by nursing mothers for many years to help with the production of breast milk.
When taken in moderation, alfalfa is considered safe and nutritious. Alfalfa does enter the breast milk and is safe for the baby, however,too much alfalfa can cause you or your baby to develop diarrhoea. This can be prevented by introducing alfalfa into your diet gradually. Alfalfa, like other green leafy vegetables, contains vitamin K which can interfere with anticoagulant medication. Alfalfa can trigger auto-immune disorders or make them worse. Do not use alfalfa if you suffer from Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) or another auto-immune condition.
Blessed Thistle increases breastmilk while helping to alleviate mild forms of postpartum depression. It is a bitter herb (known as a digestive bitter), which is healthful for the liver and digestion.
Blessed Thistle is often used in teas for nursing mothers to help increase milk supply. It is known to increase circulation and treat hormone imbalance. It enhances memory by delivering oxygen to the brain and is supportive of the heart and lungs.
Blessed Thistle is not recommended for use during pregnancy though it is often included in herbal formulas for nursing. People who are allergic to artichokes may react to blessed thistle and should avoid it. Due to its effect on the digestive system and reproductive organs, it is important to consult a qualified health practitioner before using this or any herb or remedy.
Fenugreek is one of the best and well known herbs for increasing milk production. When taken in very large amounts, Fenugreek is also used for lowering blood sugar levels, and is, therefore, not recommended for use by diabetics or those who are on strict insulin regimensto regulate their blood sugar levels. It also works on the digestive system, and in a small percentage of people, it may cause gas in either the mother or baby.
Many mothers of adopted babies have successfully used this herb to help establish a breastmilk supply to feed their adopted babies.
Fenugreek is not recommended for use during pregnancy as it can cause uterine activity. Fenugreek must be used with consistency for best results, otherwise it can negatively affect or decrease milk production.
Fennel Some women use fennel for increasing the flow of breast milk, promoting menstruation, easing the birthing process, and increasing sex drive. It is the perfect herb to take in conjunction with Fenugreek, when gas is a problem.
Fennel is used for various digestive problems including heartburn, intestinal gas,bloating, loss of appetite, and colic in infants. It is also used for upper respiratory tract infections, coughs, bronchitis, cholera, backache, bedwetting, and visual problems.
Chia Seed has earned the name as a super food. It has fatty oils, protein, calcium, fiber and anti-oxidants. These nutrients will help develop the brain functioning of your child. Aside from that, it will also help you to produce more milk. Women need additional protein while breastfeeding to assist in your baby’s growth and brain development.
The Ohio State University Extension recommends approximately 70 grams of protein per day for nursing moms. Consuming chia seeds on a regular basis can help you reach the recommended daily amount of protein.
Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus) root extract is traditional phytoestrogenic herb for women as a reproductive tonic, Shatavari is relied on heavily for all stages of a woman’s reproductive cycle, beginning with the menarche (start of menses), supporting the female system through menses, ovulation and fertility, uterine strength during pregnancy, childbirth and ample lactation (flow and quantity of milk), and hot flashes, irritability, irregular memory and dryness during menopause.
Shatavari is also especially useful in nourishing and calming the nerves, nourishing the brain and helping to support the brain and the body in regaining balance from vatadisorders like spasms, pain, and insomnia.
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