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.¬† 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.¬†
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?¬† 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.¬† Domperidone did increase my supply marginally with the others (incrementally rather than exponentially, sadly!)¬† so this time I'm hoping herbs will help more.
I've been taking (from around 20 weeks):¬† 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?¬† I've read that red raspberry, being an astringent/tonic, might have some anti-lactogenic effects, so I'll stop that immediately after birth.¬† 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?).¬†
Full of information about foods and herbs that help support breastfeeding.¬† 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?¬† 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!!
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