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I have to say breast-feeding is hard. I am one of the lucky ones who had enough support and motivation to be able to nurse my children without TOO much pain, but really learning to breastfeed in a society where you have the baby then are isolated from society for six weeks is really not conducive to learning such a vital skill. Yes it is natural, but it is not easy.

If you are breastfeeding and need some help or advice I HIGHLY recommend seeking out a La Leche League leader or a lactation consultant in your area. They are an invaluable resource (and usually free) to help answer any of your breast-feeding questions.

My favorite book about breast-feeding is La Leche League’s “The Womanly Art of Breast Feeding” (affiliate link). I can not recommend this book enough! I have bought numerous copies for friends, and you can get them used on Amazon for a very good price with 2 day shipping.

Surround your self with supportive people and breast feeders. I promise you are not the first person to have cracked nipples, engorged breasts, worried about producing not enough milk, etc. Your concerns are valid and there are people out there that are experienced breast feeders who can help you.

If you do not have any people in real live close to you who breast feed you can reach out to online communities. Some of my favorite Facebook online communities are The Leaky Boob, The Badass Breastfeeder, Mama Birth, and you are always welcome to come ask questions or for support on my Facebook page.

On that note, one of the biggest issues I hear from a lot of woman is that they do not think they are producing enough milk.

 Here are a few guidelines to see if you are indeed producing enough milk for your child.

  • How often are you feeding your baby? I am a very firm believer in feeding the baby on demand. Did the baby fuss, cry, or chew on his hand? Give him the boob. If there is any problem at all my first response is to nurse. Babies know when they are hungry and will eat until they are full so do not worry about having a chunker. Nursing on a schedule and teaching your child not to listen to their own bodily cues will cause more weight problems later in life.
  • According to kidshealth.org

“Your newborn should be nursing eight to 12 times per day for about the first month… Frequent feedings also will help stimulate your milk production during the first few weeks…Before your milk supply is established, breastfeeding should be “on demand” (when your baby is hungry)”

  • Can you hear your baby swallowing when they suck? Is baby making audible sounds while nursing? Swallowing means they are getting milk to drink, this is a good sign.
  • Is your baby having enough wet diapers? New babies should have 5-8 wet diapers a day.
  • Is your baby alert, active, appears healthy, have good color, firm skin, and is growing in length and head circumference?

Remember that breast-fed babies tend to lose weight during their first week of life. This is normal so don’t freak out. Make sure your pediatrician is supportive of breastfeeding moms and will provide resources for you to be successful. If their first advice is to supplement, I would look for another provider. 

So you think you need to boost your breast milk production after all of this great info?

Yesterday I posted a formula on how to increase your milk supply using Essential Oils. Today I will give you my favorite nursing mamma tea.

This tea helps boost your milk production on a few levels. It is highly nutritious helping rebuild the nutrients you lost during pregnancy and child-birth. It also includes galactogogues (milk promoting herbs) to help increase milk supply. So this tea both nourishes your body, and in turn your babies, and increases your milk production.

Mamma’s Milk Tea

  • 1 C Nettle Leaf
  • 1 C Red Raspberry Leaf
  • 1/2 C Fennel Seed
  • 1/2 C Blessed Thistle
  • 1/2 C Oat Straw
  • 1/4 C Alfalfa Leaf
  • 1/4 C Dandelion Leaf
  • 1/4 C Fenugreek
  • 1/4 C Anise Seed
Combine Ingredients and add 1TBS tea per cup of water. Bring water to a boil and pour over tea. Steep covered for at least 20 minutes. The longer it steeps, the more medicinal benefits it will have up to 8 hours so I make my tea in a large french press at night, and drink the tea throughout the day. 
Drink 3 cups of tea a day until your milk supply is well established.

Are you breast-feeding? Did you have a good support system in place? Did you have any problems you had to overcome? Where are some of your favorite resources for nursing mammas?

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About Amanda

Amanda is a mother of two amazing toddlers. She is an herbalist, natural living guru, and real food, gluten free eating pro. She loves to help educate others on how to take control of their own health through natural living, real food, herbs, essential oils, and most of all - a positive mind set. Her other business Natural Herbal Living Magazine is all about helping people learn about how to use one herb a month on a deep and profound level.
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20 Responses to Breastfeeding Problems, Support and Mamma’s Milk Tea Recipe

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  2. I’d like to add one thing, if you are really worried you should see your doctor. I had a bloggy friend whose concerns were ignored, and her daughter ended up getting severely dehydrated.

    I have always had a good support structure, and for that I am grateful.

    I was given a box of mother’s milk tea and though I did not have trouble producing enough milk, I thought it was the tastiest tea EVER. I actually served it one time for a group at our house. I have been wanting to make some, do most of the teas have the same things? Even if I did not /need/ it it could not hurt, right?

    Thanks for linking up to Healthy 2day Wednesaday. Hope to see you back next Wednesday.

    • Amanda says:

      Good point! Always consult your doctor if you are worried your baby may not be getting enough. A good support system is really helpful to navigate all the twists and turns of being a new mamma.

      I love mothers milk tea. My recipe would boost milk production a little more just because of the fenugreek. You can definitely serve it to anyone. It has a lot of wonderful ingredients for nourishing woman.

  3. Fortunately I dont have a problem of undersupply, if anything I have the opposite, so I won’t be needing this tea. It reminds me of a tea an herbalist made for me for pregnancy.

    • Amanda says:

      I had over supply until I started GAPS! I know a lot of woman worry about not producing enough. Us over supplier’s are on our own 😉

  4. Great post!!! Awesome info! And the tea looks like it tastes better than the commercial brand.

    Thanks for sharing with my Super Link Party! 🙂

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  15. Bethany Worth says:

    So what the heck is a mom to do that can’t produce enough even after trying the tea, a fenugreek supplement, lactation cookies, drinking nearly a gallon of water a day, plus some Gatorade…. i don’t know what else to do.

    • Amanda says:

      Eating enough dietary fats is also very important. A dark beer is traditionally used in most cultures to jump start breast milk production but really, if you are having that many problems, it would be time to seek out a local lactation consultant to help.

      • Bethany says:

        I have already.. i got a prescription for domperidone and recently finished the 30 day dose. I’m going back to see the LC this week… i also recently purchased a baby scale and have a rough idea of my output. Supplementing the difference with formula so he doesn’t starve.

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