I get questions about supplements. All. The. Time. Let’s face it, we are living in a society right now where there is a lot of excitement surrounding supplements of all kinds. I think we have all fallen into this at one time or another…be it protein shakes, or energy drinks, or, yes, even milk supply supplements.
So what’s the truth? Do breastfeeding supplements work or don’t they? Well, it’s really not a “yes” or “no” answer. If you ever listen to the podcast, you already know that I have to ask tons of questions to get to the answer. Bottom line, there is not a lot of research to support that random supplements, cookies, herbals, foods…that any of this stuff will help a truly lacking milk supply. What will help?? The first thing we do is look at how the baby is feeding, how often the baby is feeding, and what is really happening behind the scenes.
I have heard things go both ways. I have had moms tell me that they really, truly believe that the supplements helped their milk supply. I have also had others tell me that they do not believe it helped even a little bit. Basically, we need to figure out if there is a supply issue, if it’s not a supply issue, or what is really going on here.
This week Dianne and Abby tackle this hot topic of supplements, and whether or not they are effective. Want to hear more? Tune in for this week’s podcast! Find it on iTunes, Buzzsprout and now Spotify!