Wow...everything you are doing would contribute to low milk supply. Do not pump unless absolutely necessary. The pump will decrease your supply but the baby suckling for anything and everything will increase it. Never use a pacifier...put baby to breast as much as possible. Nurse a lot during the night. Nurse on demand day and night and use breast for pacifying. Alcohol is the worst thing to give your newborn baby through your milk. Giving donor milk is taking the place of your baby nursing on your breast losing the opportunity to make more milk for yourself. More nursing equals more milk supply. Alfalfa is one of the highest GMO foods on the planet. Make sure it's organic. Taking any tincture, essential oil or herbal remedy will change the taste/composition of your milk. Most babies will not want to nurse because of this. Eat Paleo foods...what a human being is supposed to eat. Lots of good fats like avocado, coconut, soaked nuts and seeds, grass-fed meats, wild salmon, sardines/anchovies, organic vegetables and salads etc. Drink nothing but purified water and LOTS of it. Most women who don't make enough milk are dehydrated. Do not consume any caffeine (chocolate, carob, tea, decaf coffee, reg. coffee etc.), alcohol, gluten, soy, dairy or sugar.
If you have evidence based data on the Paleo Diet causing an increase in milk supply, I'd love to see it I subscribe to Lactation Journals and have seen little to no respected peer reviewed data that any special diet has much of an impact on supply. I'd like to read it. I don't put a lot of merit in "testimonials" my profession requires actual evidence based data.
I've been a clinician working as an IBCLC for more than 20 years and from where I sit, two of the best ways to lose your audience or have a client dismiss your claims are to start by telling the client that l "everything you are doing is wrong" and then try to make them drastically change their lifestyle. That way even if what one are saying has any merit, your audience has already turned off. Tell people that everything they do and everything they eat is wrong (especially without proof) is just going to cause your audience to reject any further advice. I've worked with thousands of women on average American diets and most have wonderfully full supplies.
I do have to say that most problems with lactation are either 1) physiological issues in mother or baby or 2) lactation management related. Very little is diet related.
As for the pumping, when a woman has a low supply, pumping in addition to nursing the baby as much as possible is Lactation 101. Stimulation prompts supply. Of course, the baby is the BEST "pump" available, but when women have a seriously low supply, and IS nursing all the baby can, some pumping is usually helpful. Not to mention women whose babies are in the NICU and not yet on the breast, the ONLY way to bring in and keep a supply is to pump, the same for women who need to work outside the home away from their babies. All these women KEEP their supplies and often increase them from pumping. Again, if you have evidenced based peer reviewed data that "pumping will decrease your supply." I'd love to see it.
I also wanted to say that although no one wants to see lactating women intoxicated, alcohol is far from "the worst thing" that can go through one's milk. Moderate to light alcohol consumption is usually completely compatible with lactation. There actually have been evidence based data sources that link certain types of (mostly European) beers to boosted supplies. (And the "Paleolithic Era" ended approx 10,000 years ago, beer was made from fermenting grain into alcohol at least 10,000 years ago. So, if.... cave people drank beer..... )
I, myself, don't consume alcohol, nor do I consume dairy products, but as a practitioner, ethically and practically, my job isn't to get all my clients to live my personal lifestyle my job is to give them the tools we know through research and practice will work to help women breastfeed their babies. I'm a Lactation Consultant, not a Lifestyle Consultant. Clients know what they hire me for. They hear enough horror stories from their friends who didn't succeed at breastfeeding. My job is to make breastfeeding as simple as possible for my clients, not clog their lives with thousands of "don'ts.."
Making breastfeeding sound too difficult and trying to drastically change clients' lifestyles or make clients think they are stupid and doing everything wrong simply turns clients away and then they can't be helped at all.
I just felt I had to say something.
Edited by MaggieLC - 11/14/13 at 8:12am