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Breastfeeding-Related Problems

Breast-feeding is the natural way for a woman to provide food for her baby. It carries many benefits with it. Unfortunately, problems can develop, most of which can be classified as uncomfortable rather than serious conditions. The following are some of the problems that can occur with breast-feeding: engorgement (swollen breasts), mastitis (infection of the breast), sore nipples, plugged ducts, etc.

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Helpful nutrients for this condition.

Free-form amino acid complex
Importance: Very High
Comments: Provides necessary protein. Best to use soy protein and free-form amino acids instead of animal protein.

Helpful herbs and supplements for this condition.

Type: Internal
Purposes: It has been reported that some women have noticed an increase in milk supply of 50-100% when taking this herb.

Blessed Thistle
Type: Internal
Purposes: Blessed Thistle has been used in treating insufficient lactation in nursing mothers. It is said that it increases the milk supply in nursing mothers.

Type: Internal
Purposes: Has been used to induce milk production in lactating women.

Type: Internal
Purposes: Tea made from Fennel can also help produce milk for nursing mothers.

Type: Internal
Purposes: Raspberry cleanses and purifies the blood and prepares breasts for the milk needed for nursing the infant. This herb supports the reproductive system by increasing lactation.

Stinging nettle
Type: Internal
Purposes: Native Americans used Nettle Tea as an aid in pregnancy, childbirth, and nursing. The leaf is an excellent blood purifier that may be beneficial in preparing the breasts for milk needed for nursing the baby. Nettle is rich in Vitamin C and E and minerals such as iron, calcium, silica, etc.

Black Walnut, Sage, and Yarrow
Type: Internal
Purposes: These herbs stop milk production in nursing mothers and should not be taken while nursing infants.