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I just read this recently and was wondering if it works and if it's ok??
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this is done all over Europe but it may be a old wives tale bit I had a few Killians Red anyway.
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It does seem to increase the supply of "milk" although it is very watery and thin... so i don't know if it is as nourishing...
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I think it makes a difference what kind of beer you drink. Dark beer actually has some nutritional value (Dh used to be a brewer and was up on all that info), something like Guinness. I don't think a pabst blue ribbon or a coors is going to do you much good. When Dd was a baby and I was having supply problems I would drink a Guinness and it seemed to help, and at the very least it helped me relax a bit when I tried to get her to latch on to my realy sore nipples.
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My lactation consultant told me to drink non-alcoholic O'Douls when my milk was slow to come in after birth. It seemed to help. But since then I've linked a gas problem in my baby with the carbonation in the beer. Last week I drank a coke and a beer in a short amount of time and really paid for it when my baby screamed in pain for hours because of the gas rumbling thru his little body. So no beer for me! An occasional small glass of wine, however, is sometimes in order . . .

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uhhhh . . . yeah . . . THAT'S why I drink beer!!!

Actually, the LLL answer to a million questions book (can't remember the actual title) says that beer really does increase supply. However, it says that non-alcoholic beer works just as well!!

When I first had DS I drank non-alcoholic beer some to get my supply up, but I'll have a regular beer on occassion - with or without supply issues. I am a little worried about my supply lately, but I've ordered some fenugreek to start taking to help with that.
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The hops and yeast in beer are what help increase your supply.

The alcohol will actually help a mom who is having trouble with letdown. It does thin the milk out a tad, just as it would thin out your blood and it helps you to relax to allow for letdown.

So, you could just buy hops and yeast and take those to get a similar effect on increasing your milk supply, which is why non-alcoholic beer will work. However, if you are drinking the beer to help with letdown, then you do need the alcohol, but any alcohol will do, including wine.
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gee, i wouldn't drink that chemical-loaden american stuff, sorry, no offense. i come from beer-country, we have laws about what's allowed to into our beer, and yes, it does increase milk supply. at least, that's what "they" tell ya.
so even if it's unsure and not proven, i like my german beer, bf'ing or not, in moderation. it's got vitamins....
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