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I randomly came across this blog post when I was looking up the book "Mother Food" that was recommended in the IGT thread.  I've never heard of anything like this - anyone else ever come across this research?  It unfortunately could apply in my case as my father had a drinking problem.  Wonder if that could be the root of my problem rather than the suspected IGT, or perhaps both...

 

http://lactogenicdiet.blogspot.com/2010/11/new-risk-for-low-milk-supply-alcoholism.html

 

It would be helpful to know before giving birth if that is a risk for low supply so that affected moms could be prepared before birth for ways to deal with low supply and not be completely caught off guard.

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Wow, Ayame, that's a really fascinating study!  I've never heard anything like this before, but it could apply to me as well.  I noticed that the most common familial link found in the informal study was a maternal grandfather with a drinking problem, which applies in my case.  Especially interesting to me is the part about having a "blunted"  prolactin response to the removal of milk from the breasts. - What a strange finding. I'm wondering if this has something to do with receptors not there or not working correctly?  I'd like to know more about how familial alcoholism might cause this. Thanks for sharing!

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I had very low supply and alcoholism runs high in my family so I'd be quick to believe this... but it could just be a coincidence?

 

I think it would be helpful either way to prepare women because the only information I ever saw on breastfeeding when I was pregnant was about how wonderful and beneficial it was and how very few women truly have low supply and that it's just user error.

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Especially interesting to me is the part about having a "blunted"  prolactin response to the removal of milk from the breasts. - What a strange finding. I'm wondering if this has something to do with receptors not there or not working correctly?  I'd like to know more about how familial alcoholism might cause this. Thanks for sharing!

 Glad you found it interesting!  I have no idea but I'm wondering if that's part of why domperidone seems to be helping me - it's supposed to act by increasing prolactin production.  

 

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I had very low supply and alcoholism runs high in my family so I'd be quick to believe this... but it could just be a coincidence?

 

I think it would be helpful either way to prepare women because the only information I ever saw on breastfeeding when I was pregnant was about how wonderful and beneficial it was and how very few women truly have low supply and that it's just user error.

Yes, I agree!  I felt like such a failure at first for not being able to produce enough milk.  If there was information in advance that would've prepared me better I don't think it would've been quite as hard emotionally to deal with.  And I may have been able to take steps sooner to work on my supply issues.

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