Concerns about low milk supply are common among new moms.*
In theory, breastfeeding is a supply-and-demand system. The more you nurse or pump, the more milk your body should make. Again, in theory.
There can be many reasons for a low milk supply, so it’s always best to consult a lactation consultant to see what’s going on. And we have a few ideas on how to meet the need to to support increased production, and free flow, of milk.
Acupuncture works quickly & gently so if you can get to an TCM practitioner, do! But at home, apply pressure on the corner of the little finger on acu-point ‘Shào Zé’ / ‘small intestine 1'. Stimulating this point manually, or by adhering Ear Seeds, can effectively increase lactation quantity and prolactin levels, a hormone that releases breast milk.
Heat is your friend as it allows for the free flow of Qi & blood, softening masses, and vasodilation. You have options for heat therapy: Hot showers, therapeutic baths, warm compresses, or heat bags on your breasts.
A gentle yet firm regular massage on and around the breasts, down from the armpits, from the tops of the shoulders and around from the traps can help free flow blood + qi, moving any stagnation present.
Massage oil with red clover, broccoli seed, and evening primrose encourages breaking-up any stagnation and preventing potential clogs.
Moringa undoubtedly is one of the most amazing herbs that has been scientifically proven to increase breast milk supply.
Moringa leaves are a natural galactagogue - a substance that promotes or increases the flow of a mother’s milk. It has been used since ancient times to boost breast milk supply as well as providing a source of nourishment for baby and mom alike. Moringa has a delicious earthy taste and goes great with matcha green tea. Mix into savory dishes, green smoothies and juices, apple juice or coconut water.
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*It’s natural to worry if you think baby’s not getting enough nutrients. Of course, find out for sure if you’re low-producing with your chosen care practitioner.