Most people know there are a lot of foods with special milk boosting properties but are there any that actually decrease your supply?
Healthy Mummy’s Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), Bel Moore, gives us the run down on foods that might reduce supply and why mums might try them.
Most mums at some point in their breastfeeding journey unnecessarily worry about their breast milk supply and some may even try galactagogues (milk supply boosting foods) BUT there are also women who look to lower their supply by taking large quantities of foods known to reduce supply.
When babies and boobs are left to their own devices, they are pretty good at working out the supply that is needed. But there are some reasons a woman may need to reduce or dry up her supply. These include:
The following foods taken in LARGE amounts MAY lower your milk supply:
For those wanting or needing to lower their supply, a consultation with a lactation consultant or a trusted medical professional is important to ensure all possibilities are explored and optimal outcomes for both the mother and infant are achieved.
Milk supply is regulated through a feedback system between the brains and breasts, the less milk removed, the less milk will be made.
Feeding on demand is the best way to regulate milk supply to your baby’s needs but if you are trying to wean or stop breastfeeding, avoid stimulating the breasts and additional pumping (only hand express what you need to stay comfortable) is the safest way to reduce your supply.
Meanwhile, check out these 7 PAINLESS ways to dry up your breast milk.
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