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DD is only 12 months and im 6 week preg, just wondering what to do to keep milkl it already cut down a lot
 

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Hmm I don't know, but I'll be interested to see what other people have to say. I am guessing that any of the meds or herbs that you would normally use to build supply would be not great.<br><br>
Oatmeal is supposed to be helpful in increasing supply, so a bowl of oatmeal a day or some oatmeal cookies might be beneficial. And nothing else it is healthy!<br><br>
Congratulations on your pregnancy.
 

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I'm 13 weeks pregnant and I'm still nursing my DS who is 20 months. My midwife told me that in her opinion the most important thing is to get lots of calories and water. So far it's been working for me, if I feel any dip in supply I just eat and drink more. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"><br><br>
Oatmeal and quinoa are good too, I've been having a bowl of one or the other every morning.<br><br>
There is also a supplement called More Milk Two that I've seen recommended but haven't tried myself. It is especially designed for supporting milk supply while pregnant. The herbs are all good for pregnancy too.<br><br><a href="http://www.motherlove.com/product_more_milk_two_glycerite.php" target="_blank">http://www.motherlove.com/product_mo..._glycerite.php</a>
 

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Check out this recent thread. I have included a copy paste of my response (which was a copy/paste of a response of mine to an earlier, similar question.)<br><br><a href="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?p=7215578&highlight=pregnancy#post7215578" target="_blank">http://www.mothering.com/discussions...cy#post7215578</a><br><br>
I have replied to similar questions in the past. Here is a copy/paste from an earlier posting of mine from when I was pregnant. I don't have time to edit it thoroughly so the pregnancy may be described in the present tense.<br><br>
Lets start with the basics, are you drinking enough water, eating enough protein and fat, and are you limiting your caffeine intake? Regarding supplements, from the research I did it seems there are only a few galactagogues that might be ok to take during pregnancy. One tea / tincture I know of, "More Milk Two" (available at “Motherlove.com”), is specifically intended for pregnancy and contains: Red Raspberry Leaf (RRL), Nettle, and Alfalfa. This tincture was actually recommended to me by a hospital Lactation Consultant.<br><br>
However, it is important to do your own research on each of these herbs and decide whether you are comfortable with them or not. If the research I did is accurate, RRL and Nettle are contraindicated during the first trimester.; but it isn’t clear why. One or both of them is also contraindicated after the first trimester if there is a risk of early labor or short labor. Of course, that might be for the same reason that some doctors recommend weaning during pregnancy, due to the theoretical risk of Oxytocin triggering labor contractions. However one of these herbs (I believe RRL) is sometimes specifically recommended during pregnancy (presumably after the first trimester) as a uterine "toner" (to make delivery easier). Although my impression is that Nettle has a better reputation as a milk booster.<br><br>
There is actually a Red Raspberry Leaf “Tribe” or thread in the Mothering.com “I’m Pregnant” board. You may be able to learn enough there to feel comfortable using that herb later in your pregnancy.<br><br>
I don’t remember much research regarding Alfalfa use during pregnancy, however, even before I knew I was pregnant I stopped taking it when I learned it is not recommended for anyone with Lupus. Therefore I didn’t research it as carefully as I did RRL and Nettle. I don't have Lupus and neither does DD but Lupus runs in my husband's family and I don't want to pre-dispose my daughter. I don't know if I am being overly cautious and would be interested in hearing from anyone familiar with a better understanding of why Alfalfa is contraindicated for anyone with Lupus and whether that really only applies to someone who actually is known to have Lupus.<br><br>
Once I was well into my second trimester I would occasionally combine RRL, Nettle tea, and Oatstraw Tea and while I didn’t see a dramatic increase I did get the impression it helped sometimes. However, I took a fairly conservative amount of one cup of each.<br><br>
Regarding oatmeal (cereal, cookies, etc.), I have always eaten a lot and couldn't say whether it ever made any difference but I got away from eating it during pregnancy since it didn't seem to appeal anymore.<br><br>
Also, I recently heard that the milk boosters --oatmeal and brewer's yeast-- have two components in common, Inositol and Choline. Inositol is a B vitamin (It may or may not be unofficially "numbered" B8). Supposedly Inositol and Choline work together to increase the effectiveness of Oxytocin. If you are curious --or for the benefit of anyone else thinking about trying this-- I tried a regimen of 400 - 500 mgs of Inositol and 2.5 grams of Choline. I didn’t really stick with it long enough to see if it made any real difference but my impression is that the tea regimen of RRL, Nettle, & Oatstraw worked better for me.<br><br>
NOTE: Since my pregnancy I have tried Inositol and Choline and after a week or so it seemed to increase my supply by 50% to 100%. However, it made me dizzy. The dizziness stopped within two days or so of discontinuing the regimen. If I were desperate I might try doing a reduced dose but that would mean cutting the tablets. I now know that dizziness is a known side effect of Inositol and Choline.<br><br>
I should also emphasize here that some of the research I did warns against Inositol in pregnancy for the same reason Red Raspberry Leaf is warned against, due to the Oxytocin / Contraction connection. However, that is the same reason even well-informed Ob-Gyns warn against nursing through pregnancy at all. My own doctor initially advised me to wean at 7 months presumably for that reason. Later in the pregancy he consulted with the hospital lactation consultant and gave me his approval to continue nursing. The Kellymom site explains that there are not as many uterine receptors for Oxytocin early in pregnancy and that Oxytocin should not induce labor unless one is at full term or otherwise in jeopardy for early or short delivery.<br><br>
If I had felt any contractions contractions again later in the pregnancy I would have followed the guidelines on the Kellymom site regarding how many is too many and how long is too long. As I understand it they are basically the same guidelines for when Braxton Hicks contractions are problematic.<br><br>
If you try any of these galactagogues I’d be really interested in hearing what you used, how much you used, and whether they helped.<br><br>
Hope this helps.<br>
~Cath
 
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