Low Supply Breastfeeding Problems Solved

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If you have lactation problems related to low supply or no let down, or know anyone that does, please read this.

My third baby is now almost two.  We are still nursing and going strong.  She is a chubby little baby and was exclusively breast-fed until she was six months old.  My milk is there when she needs it.  Everything is great.

This was not always the case, though.  Our first two months of nursing were so hard.  She would latch just fine, but she would be sucking for close to 20 minutes and my milk would not let down.  She was so skinny and cried all. the. time.  She was hungry!  I remember calling my mom and crying because I was so worried and frustrated that I had no milk.  I could not figure it out.  I tried adjusting my diet, I tried lactation cookies (brewer’s yeast is the worst idea ever, unless you enjoy a gassy angry baby), I tried fenugreek supplements.  Nothing was working!

Finally after some research, I ordered a bottle of Dr. Christopher’s Lactation Formula.  This literally solved my problem immediately!  Every time baby wanted to nurse, there was milk.  Without twenty minutes of effort required.  And the best part is that I never had issues with feeling too full or having too much milk with a forceful let-down.

Here is a list of the ingredients:

  • Organic Fenugreek Seed
  • Organic Fennel Seed
  • Organic Anise Seed
  • Wildcrafted Blessed Thistle Herb
  • Wildcrafted Marshmallow Root
  • Organic Dandelion Leaf
  • Wildcrafted Nettle Leaf
  • Wildcrafted Hops Flower
  • Wildcrafted Chaste Tree Berry
  • Wildcrafted Mullen Leaf
  • Organic Jurrasic Green (Alfalfa, Barley & Non-hybrid Wheat Grass)

While exclusively breastfeeding, I would take 2 pills in the morning and 2 pills in the afternoon.  When my daughter started on solids, I cut back to just 2 pills in the morning, which is what I do now.

If you are having issues with low supply or no let down, please do not give up without trying this first!  If you have any questions, please contact me or leave in the comments below.

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Surprise Digestive Healer – Throat Coat Tea

Throat coat tea is full of herbs used for healing leaky gut!Having a child with food allergies and related conditions is a never-ending process of effort.  It’s a little frustrating because he can eat something his body doesn’t like and he will have delayed symptoms, hours or even a day later.  It is difficult to peg exactly what caused the upset each time, especially if I have been careful with what I make him to eat.  You can read more about his condition here:

Beginning the Gut Healing Journey,

Beginning an Elimination Diet for Gut Healing,

and most recently Healing the Gut Part 3.

Exciting article titles, I know.  The fact that it’s a trilogy should tell you its good.

As you may know, allergies are often tied to the health of the digestive system, mainly the gut.  My son has gut damage due to overuse of prescription drugs and antibiotics his first two years of life, which is one of the reasons he has fairly severe food and environmental allergies.

Every morning I make my son warm tea with honey to help get his digestion warmed up while I make him breakfast.  I have always thought of tea as supportive of the immune system but never bought any particular tea to help with healing his digestive tract.

The other day, we were in the local grocery store and while I was walking down the tea aisle an old lady was stopped in the middle of the isle, blocking my passage.  She was reading the label on a powdered coffee creamer:  “Lactose free?  If I wanted to be healthy I wouldn’t be buying this crap!”  Because this delightful old lady was blocking my way, I remembered my son was almost out of tea and began looking over the organic options displayed in front of me.  (Why buy organic tea?  Read this article from the Food Babe!)  We frequently buy Traditional Medicinals and so I grabbed a box of the Dandelion Tea and picked up Throat Coat, thinking of my son’s Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EoE) and wondering if it would help.

After reading the label, I was really excited!  The top three herbs included are Licorice Root, Slippery Elm Bark and Marshmallow Root.  These are all used as treatments for leaky gut!  Is anyone else excited?  No?  You see, with myself I have no problem buying the herbs and taking them orally.  For a child, however, I think it is too risky to medicate without a doctor’s guidance, or at least someone who is very familiar with the herbs and the outcomes.  Several times I have almost bought these herbs, but last second decided not to because I am not sure how his little body will handle them.

So yes, I was very excited to find these three herbs in one tea, which I am totally comfortable with giving to my son.

Throat Coat Tea herbal goodies:

Licorice Root – the flavonoids contained in licorice root help decrease inflammation in the digestive system.  It also supports the body’s natural ability to maintain the mucosal lining of the stomach and the first part of the small intestine.  Every time we eat, the mucosal lining is damaged by the passage of food and the body should be able to repair this on its own.  When it cannot, large protein molecules can escape into the bloodstream, causing an autoimmune response.  Maintaining the mucosal lining is crucial for preventing leaky gut.

Slippery Elm Bark – Slipper Elm Bark has been used as an herbal remedy for a very long time and happens to be great for the esophagus and digestive system.  Why?  Well, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center:

Slippery elm contains mucilage, a substance that becomes a slick gel when mixed with water. It coats and soothes the mouth, throat, stomach, and intestines. It also contains antioxidants that help relieve inflammatory bowel conditions. Slippery elm also causes reflux stimulation of nerve endings in the gastrointestinal tract leading to increased mucus secretion. The increased mucus production may protect the gastrointestinal tract against ulcers and excess acidity.

Marshmallow Root – This is another herb which produces mucilage, explained above.  It is great for helping line the digestive tract to prevent proteins from escaping into the bloodstream, for preventing toxins from being absorbed via the digestive system which normally would be excreted, and from preventing further damage to the walls of the digestive system due to inflammation or normal digestive processes.

Because we were already in the habit of having tea every morning, this was a really easy way to get extra TLC (tender lovin’ care) for his esophagus and digestive tract.  I am really excited!

Want an extra plus for digestive health?

I have been adding a small amount of gelatin to my son’s hot tea each morning, about 1 teaspoon.  Gelatin is known for coating the digestive tract, which will prevent damage and allow healing.  It is also a great source of protein for picky eaters!  Try it in your morning coffee or tea.  We use this brand!

This tea is full of herbs used to heal leaky gut!

Sources not linked:

http://www.naturalalternativeremedy.com/nine-health-benefits-of-licorice-root/

http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/4-steps-heal-leaky-gut-and-autoimmune-disease?page=2

http://www.herbwisdom.com/herb-marshmallow.html

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How NOT to care for your new tattoo

Don't ruin your new tattoo by making this mistake!

This post was originally about putting coconut oil on a new tattoo.  I wanted to take a natural route in caring for my new tattoo which didn’t involve petrochemicals or other nasty ingredients.  Skin absorbs everything, right?

This was only my third tattoo and so I didn’t know much about the artistry of tattooing.  I didn’t know the artist needs to adjust their pressure based on the individual’s skin, didn’t know that the artist could cause damage that wouldn’t show up immediately and didn’t know that my artist trying to cram 4 clients into one afternoon was a really, really bad idea.

Thankfully many tattoo artists have read this article and let me know that my tattoo damage was caused by my artist, and not the coconut oil which I used post tattoo.

Here was my story:

My mom and my two sisters and I all went to get the same tattoo, a symbol for mother and daughters.  We picked out a really cool Celtic symbol which is four hearts intertwined.  It was perfect for us four.

This was my third tattoo.  I don’t remember anything about what I did to care for the prior two.  I am pretty sure the artist just slapped saran wrap over them and told me to use plain soap and gave me some ointment.  This time, however, the artist said use plain soap and a water based lotion.  He also mentioned not to use a petroleum based product because it can get stuck in your skin.  That really freaked me out.  But I felt confident.  I knew I could just consult good ole’ Dr. Internet and see what people have done to naturally care for their tattoo.

My first thought was coconut oil.  Coconut oil is the best natural moisturizer, right?  (I used to think so, until I read this post from the website Edible Facial.)  I made sure to check out a few tattoo forums and see what people said.  I read everything positive from several people who said they used coconut oil with no problem.  I seemed to remember hearing something my tattoo’d sister had said about coconut oil being bad for tattoos, but after reading the internet I dismissed my memories as me being mistaken.  How could the internet give me bad advice?  I mean, these are tattoo forum posters.  These are people who know from experience.

Well, here is my before picture, right when the tattoo was finished.

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On the second day, I decided to apply coconut oil instead of lotion.  I did not want any weird lotion ingredients settling in my skin.  What happened next was very upsetting.  Here is my picture at day 4:

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After using coconut oil on the second day, I experienced a lot of ink bleeding out in the bottom portion.  I was hoping it would fade or wash away, but here is my 2.5 week post tattoo picture:

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I only used coconut oil for one day (the second day post tattoo) and this is what I experienced.  Naturally, I assumed that it was the coconut oil which caused my ink to bleed.  Later on, a few tattoo artists commented below letting me know that they recommend coconut oil for all of their clients.  A lot of people have used coconut oil with success and no damage to their tattoo.  Apparently my tattoo damage was caused by the artist going too deep, which causes the ink to bleed out a few days after getting the tattoo.  This is called a blowout.

The story above is my experience.  Of the four of us who received tattoos from the same artist that day, I am the only one who did not follow his post care instructions and opted to use coconut oil instead.  I am also coincidentally the only one with a blow out.  I know he was rushing a little, but I went third out of the four of us and again, no one else experienced any damage.

The moral of this story is:  Make sure your tattoo artist is a.) not an idiot, b.) not over booked and c.) has a LOT of experience.

I personally will not feel comfortable using straight coconut oil on my next tattoo, however I will not say that this damage will happen if you use it on yourself.  I would like to try this Tattoo Balm which incorporates Calendula, Vitamin E oil, Beeswax and Shea Butter with coconut oil, which would be less greasy and more nourishing than just plain coconut oil.

Check out the comments below to read the comments left by experienced tattoo artists.

Don't ruin your new tattoo by making the mistake I did! #newtattoocare #naturaltattoocare

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