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Premenstrual Dip in Milk Supply

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 become monthly.

To prevent the dip in milk supply, mothers take calcium and magnesium at a ration of 2:1 when they begin feeling hormonal or at ovulation (two weeks before the next expected period.)

Mothers whose diets are calcium-depleting (drinking caffeine, soft drinks, consuming a lot of sugar and refined carbs, or meat) should take 1000 mg of calcium a day, together with 500 mg of magnesium.

Larger body sizes may need more, and mothers on very healthy diets may need only half this amount.

You can use supplements that you may already have–or try the one linked just below. It uses four capsules for a full dose, making it easy to spread the dose throughout the day with one capsule taken before meals.

Calcium/Magnesium plus Vit D3

The way the dose is divided into small portions, you can increase or decrease the dose according to your individual needs :

By the way–if you tend toward menstrual cramps, the delicate herbal tea, Vervain officinalis, is milk-boosting and especially cramp-soothing. 2 – 3 cups a day. (You want Vervain officinalis, or Verbena Officinalis, not Blue Vervain or other variety.)

Best herbal galactagogue for the week after childbirth

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 cells, reducing the risk of anemia, helping a mother avoid fatigue and depression.

Nettle contains vitamin K to help reduce bleeding.

It supports a mother’s kidneys and reduces the swelling of edema, so important for many mothers.

Nettle is known in herbalism as a blood-cleanser: its soluble fibers enter the bloodstream and attach to toxins, catching and binding them so they can be led out of the body through urine and stool.

Nettle does not lead to over-supply or create problems with engorgement. Its support of the kidneys can reduce edema and reduce the hardness of the breasts that comes with initial engorgement, especially in first-time moms.

The other “must have” is green cabbage. The leaves, pressed onto the breasts and left for a half-hour, also pull out extra fluids.

I’ve seen mothers with swollen breasts, ankles, calves, hands and arms, whose milk simply would not flow, pee off the edema and begin to have easy milk flow and a contentedly feeding baby within hours of drinking nettle tea.


Diet is better than Drugs for ADHD

Diet for ADHD? Today I saw this discussed in an article titled: Study: Diet May Help ADHD Kids More Than Drugs

The article, hosted on NPR.com, is from 2011. That’s five years ago. Yet — how many parents and their doctors know that they might prevent or treat ADHD if they eliminated certain foods early on and fed children healthy food instead?

Diet for ADHD is actually an Old Story

I remember how parents and the rare doctor researched, trialed and promoted this idea back in the 1970s and 80s, and how the mainstream press and other doctors ridiculed them.

In 1991, I took my first-born son to a top specialist for ADHD. I told her about the remarkable changes and success we were having with dietary changes. She said it was humbug, that children only improved because of the extra attention they got from their parents who now were carefully overseeing their child’s diet.

Any parent could have told her, and doubtless did tell her, that they had to give their child far less attention. Their child was now happier, less accident prone and more independent.

Ridiculed. Dismissed. Made to feel like a fool for even trying.

Do parents today know how lucky they are that studies affirm their experiences, and that they no longer have to feel foolish for trying?

The Lactogenic diet, ADHD and Autism.

The lactogenic diet is supposed to be all things that are good for a breastfeeding mother and her baby. What she eats  should increase and stabilize her milk supply. She can reduce or avoid colic. She can balance her milk’s fatty acids for a non-inflammatory immune response.  Her diet should balance her blood sugar, reduce inflammatory insulin resistance, and improve overall health…

And it’s not hard to do, it’s just knowing how…

ADHD, ADD and autism are exponentially increasing in our children. We need to consider how the lactogenic diet could help prevent these problems. We know that these problems are not genetic in origin. They are epigenetic: the result of generations of toxins, and the effect of these toxins on our genetics.

The way that we give birth also plays a role of course…

Laying a Better Foundation through Food

A breastfeeding mothers’ diet can help, and it’s not hard to do…

Yet, for every mother today, with her own variety of food sensitivities and food preferences, there will be a unique answer.

There is not “one” breastfeeding diet, not “one size fits all.”

A good start is to read my book “Mother Food,” and send me your questions, to inspire more blogposts!

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