Ready for the Next Step
So I have had a little bit of milk come in every other day now, and I am ready to try and boost my milk production. I’ve gotten my pumping schedule down pact now, and I rarely miss a pump, and if I do, I schedule in an extra one. I am ready for the next step to get my milk flowing in my relactation journey.
Fenugreek & Blessed Thistle
I am all for the natural and herbal remedies before we go to the prescriptions and western medicine. If what I consume goes into the breast milk, I want it to be clean so that my liquid gold is just that, liquid gold. When Gregory started to eat solid foods, I noticed a rapid decline in my milk production, and started taking fenugreek as the pharmacist recommended. It helped, a bit, but ultimately production stopped as more interference of BF happened.
Little did I know that the fenugreek and blessed thistle work best together. There are a lot of things I didn’t know, and I took it upon myself to educate… myself. The bottles are confusing because they say ‘not for use by breastfeeding mothers’, but I’ve been given the OK to ignore that little warning because so little gets into the milk that the outcome is worth it. There should be no issues. If you’re pregnant, however, you should avoid them.
If it works for you, you will see results within 12-72 hours. So with these quick results you will know if it is worth your time and effort. Which is great because the effort is going to be there. It’s recommended you take 3 capsules 3 times a day. Woah baby. It’s okay to mix the herbal capsules in food or drinks to make it go down easier.
The whole being able to eat with food is good, because some people say the herbs increase appetite. I say we’re breastfeeding anyways, so indulge in that second helping. It’s the whole smelling like maple syrup again that I’m not going to like. I noticed it within three hours when I took it before. When I was pregnant, I craved it so much I ate maple syrup every meal, then I got sick and I avoid it now. So this shall be fun.
The herbs are said to improve gallbladder function, digestion and aid in elevating moods for those who suffer from depression. When taken as a tea, you will need to consume more as the liquid dilutes the herbs. And when you decide to stop taking the herbs you can ether wean yourself off, or quit cold turkey. There are no seen advantages of continuing the herbs after you’ve hit max milk production potential. When your production slows, you can start taking the herbs again.
My Game Plan
My game plan now is to start taking both fenugreek and blessed thistle at every meal. Three capsules each, three times a day, that is 18 capsules. I can’t take pills very easily without getting sick, so I plan to open them and mix it into food. I will let you know how it has been going in my next update.