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Galactagogues Features

Philippa Pearson-Glaze, Stourbridge, Midlands, UK   What is a galactagogue? A galactagogue is something that increases the production of breast milk such as certain herbs, foods, and a few prescription medicines. Most mothers won’t need galactagogues (from the Greek “galacta” which means milk) as there are several ways to increase or maintain a milk supply without using herbs or medicines. If you are worried about your milk supply and whether...

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The Power of Hand Expression Features

 Diana West, BA, IBCLC Hand expression I was a new mother struggling with low milk production and a baby who wouldn’t nurse when the first effective “consumer grade” breast pumps were invented. I’d been renting a hospital-grade pump to remove my milk, but the idea of owning a good quality pump that was more portable enticed me to buy a double-sided electrical model. It looked...

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Breastfeeding with Hypoplasia. Insufficient Glandular Tissue Features

Updated July 2016 Diana Cassar-Uhl, IBCLC Photos: Nyssa Retter, Lisa Bartee   “Maybe you just need to try a little harder.” “Have you tried fenugreek?” “You’re probably not drinking enough water.” Mothers who struggle with milk production hear advice like this from well-meaning friends and family members (and sometimes, from breastfeeding supporters who should know better). While the vast majority of milk production problems can be...

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