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Cross posted on the other 3 BF’ing boards<br><br>
This is something I’ve thought of before but I was finally motivated to post the question by a Mom on these boards that is struggling with lopsided oversupply. I’d appreciate any feedback ASAP.<br><br>
Can anyone here provide some guidelines or instructions on the use of poultices? Are they more effective than taking an herb directly?<br><br>
I’m guessing that they are messy and inconvenient but I’m wondering if they are more effective since they are more “direct”. I’m also wondering if there are fewer side effects since they aren’t taken orally.<br><br>
Finally, it would seem one obvious advantage for anyone with supply issues (over or under) is that you can target the affected side.<br><br>
My working assumption is that whatever herb you would take orally you could use as a poultice (e.g.: Sage or Peppermint for Oversupply) but are there any guidelines on dosage? (e.g.: half as much? 1/3 as much). What little I could find when researching the subject suggests that frequent poultices are better, in which case that would seem to further reduce the dose per “application”, again some guidelines would be helpful.<br><br>
I couldn’t find a lot on the subject but here is one article that looks reliable.<br><br><a href="http://www.storknet.com/cubbies/breast/naturalremediespt2.htm" target="_blank">http://www.storknet.com/cubbies/brea...emediespt2.htm</a><br>
(Scroll down to the section on poultices)<br>
Natural Remedies for Problems in Breastfeeding, Part 2<br><br>
Finally, I seem to remember reading about some research on MSM for the transdermal delivery of medication. I’m wondering if anyone has any thoughts on whether MSM could be used with the relevant herb instead of a poultice, or perhaps as part of a poultice. Specifically I'm wondering if it would be a little more convenient and a little less messy to mix up some crushed herb with some MSM crystals and water (or maybe just an MSM "lotion").<br><br>
Thanks in advance,<br>
~Cath
 

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Hi Cath,<br><br>
I don't have specific experience with poultices, but have struggled with oversupply with all three of my babies. This last time I was determined not for me and my baby to not suffer like previously. I took sage tea. There's a brand called "No More Milk"....very scary name, but very effective in lowering supply. I took one cup in the evening for 5 days. It really helped. Please be careful with using sage as it can be a very powerful herb.<br><br>
Otherwise, you might try cabbage leaves if you are concerned about lopsided issues.<br><br>
HTH,<br><br>
Laurel
 

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I have learned that Herbs and essential oils can be used in poultices but you need to be cautious about using anything that may irritate baby’s skin or be toxic if baby ingested it directly. (Which is pretty obvious once it's pointed out to you.)<br>
Some herbs are fine when taken in the recommended dose in their usual form but can be very dangerous if inadvertently ingested as an oil.<br><br>
Anyone interested in trying something like this should do their homework on the safety of the herbs/oils for baby and be very careful to wash up before nursing. A good starting point for the safety research is the book, Nursing Mother's Herbal by Sheila Humphrey<br>
~Cath
 
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