Hi, I'm about to have baby #4 anytime now (40+4 today), and have what I strongly suspect is IGT, although I've never been given an official diagnosis.Â I have struggled but nursed all 3 babies with supplementation (SNS, later bottle), and this time have tried to be more pro-active in terms of taking herbals during pregnancy.Â
I wanted to ask anybody who has been through this what they did imemdiately post-partum -- should I start on dom right away, or wait a few days?Â I am able to express some drops of colostrum (not more than a drop or two at a time from each side, though) -- so I'm hoping some colostrum will be there with lots of nursing.Â Domperidone did increase my supply marginally with the others (incrementally rather than exponentially, sadly!)Â so this time I'm hoping herbs will help more.
I've been taking (from around 20 weeks):Â alfalfa, stinging nettle, some weeks adding red raspberry leaf & red clover.
From about 32 weeks I've added 3 cups of goat's rue tea (not tincture) daily.
What would you suggest adding or changing post-partum?Â I've read that red raspberry, being an astringent/tonic, might have some anti-lactogenic effects, so I'll stop that immediately after birth.Â Not sure about the red clover?
I got this info from an EXCELLENT book - in case anybody is looking for a great resource - called Mother Food, by a Swiss herbalist and lactation specialist Hilary Jacobson (sp?).Â
Full of information about foods and herbs that help support breastfeeding.Â Great resource for ANY bf mums, but especially those of us who struggle with supply.
Also -- wondering what you expericed IGT mums did about pumping, especially in the early weeks?Â I have a Medela Classic hosp. pump ready, but not sure how much I can commit to it with 3 other kids to look after.... I also found it quite disheartening because it seems to make so little difference
I appreciate any help, insight, words or wisdom or advice (or encouragement), or just your story!!