LESSON #11 – What To Do For Lactation Insufficiency

Is reversing lactation insufficiency possible? Here’s what you need to know.

0:00 Lactation insufficiency
0:10 Natural remedies for lactation insufficiency
0:20 Why natural remedies may not work
1:20 What to do if natural remedies don’t work
1:35 A few more lactation failure causes
3:24 Synthetic prenatal vitamins
3:55 Key nutrients to take while pregnant and breastfeeding

Today we’re going to talk about lactation insufficiency. Let’s say you just started breastfeeding, and there’s not enough milk. What could you do in this situation?

Natural remedies for lactation insufficiency:
1. Fenugreek
2. Blessed thistle
3. Alfalfa
4. Brewers yeast
5. Fennel seed

I like fenugreek and brewers yeast the best.

These natural remedies may help increase milk supply, but what if they don’t help?

The ducts in the breast tissue are regulated by estrogen and growth hormone. The actual breast tissue requires progesterone and prolactin. You need a combination of these hormones working together.

If there has been a chronic nutritional deficiency, you may find that the actual structures in the breast tissue are altered enough where the above remedies may not work right away. The ideal situation would be to eat a certain way about two years before becoming pregnant. This way, going into pregnancy, there would be no nutritional deficiencies and less risk of problems with breastfeeding.

What to try if the above natural remedies don’t work:
1. Fix your diet (go low carb)
2. Consume nutrient-dense foods

There could also be either subclinical PCOS going on or a hypothyroid condition. Iodine may help with a hypothyroid condition.

I believe it’s also important to avoid synthetic prenatal vitamins. A food-based prenatal may be more beneficial.

Key nutrients to take while pregnant and breastfeeding:
• Vitamin D
• Cod liver oil
• Trace minerals