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Amaranth: Whole Plant Resource for Milk Supply

  Amaranth as Food In traditional societies, the roots, stalks, leaves and seeds of amaranth are valued as medicine and food.  In the West, we are only familiar with its tiny seeds that are cooked like rice, or ground into flour for baking.  The seeds are an extremely...

Vitamin D VIDEOS reporting Research and Practice with Covid-19

Talk to your doctor, have your vitamin D levels checked, and change your diet and take supplements if needed. See my post here for more information. In this post, I'll focus on videos specifically about the use of Vitamin D and Covid-19. I'll add them on as they come...

Vitamin D, Covid, Milk Supply, Immunity

I periodically refine and refocus my articles, so check back here for updates or sign up for Hilary's Newsletter to be notified. Immune-Boosting Supplements for Covid – and also for Milk Production Since the start of the pandemic in early 2020, the doctors I follow[i]...

Starting Sweet Potato Slips

In my attic office, next to a south-facing window, I'm setting up sweet potato slips. Instead of growing them, I could just buy sweet potato slips in the garden center in the second week of May. But because it's doable and fun, I'm growing them myself. One method is...

A Poem for Gardening Mothers

Blue Borage Time Your furry leaves and blue starflowers Summon bees at all the hours, Throughout spring and throughout summer, Summon all the honey mummers.   How their nimble legs alight Upon your blossoms’ azure shade, They stop and nip your sticky dew, Then fly...

Calcium – its role for lactation

   Apricots — one of our strongest lactogenic fruit, and especially rich in calcium. Calcium and magnesium work together to maintain healthy nerves, strong muscles, and a rhythmic heartbeat. In the brain, they promote neural activity and act as a natural...

Premenstrual Dip in Milk Supply

At about 3 – 4 months postpartum, some mothers get their first period. The taste of their milk changes temporarily and their supply can take a dip. Afterward, her periods might recur in their monthly rhythm, or they may remain several months apart and only slowly...

A Tour of my Galactagogue Garden in mid-Spring

It's the end of May, and I'm letting weeds grow out so I can identify what grows here and learn how to use them: wild mustard, wild lettuce, horsetail, sow's thistle and more. I put together this little film as a first try - if the summer fires allow, I'll spend time...

“Liquid Food” for milk supply

Sometimes drinking can be easier (quicker, less fuss) than eating after childbirth. Beverages that are "tweaked" with spices and ingredients that support milk supply have been loved by mothers around the world: lactation teas, grain-drinks, smoothies, nut-milks,...

Who has time to cook?

The problem with milk-building and colic-reducing remedies is that moms are too exhausted from milk supply struggles or from dealing with their baby's colic to cook -- or sometimes even to eat! Work with me and we'll make it all easy -- or at least, make it...

The Impact of Gluten-Sensitivity on the Lactogenic Diet

The Impact of Gluten-Sensitivity on the Lactogenic Diet Wide-spread gluten sensitivity has developed due to changes in commercial wheat. While not actually genetically modified, wheat has been bred to contain increased levels of gluten, which is the "gluey" protein in...

Best herbal galactagogue for the week after childbirth

What is the best herb to support milk supply after childbirth? While looking at records of herbalism around the world, I kept bumping into this information: Stinging Nettle tea after birth. Nettle (Urtica dioica) contains iron to help a mother build new red blood...

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