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Breastfeeding & Lactation Help


Author: Maria Funk
Location: ID, United States
Posted: 06-28-2006
Views: 7,691
Word Length: 249
Questions received: 1
Testimonial ID: 1544-OR

Following the birth of my daughter, I was able to breast feed her for almost three months. My milk supply was low, and I tried several things to help it increase. I was told (by several health professionals) to use a hospital grade electric breast pump. With my low income, I was not able to afford renting one. A public assistance program disagreed with the suggestion, and only helped me rent an electric pump. I worked with a wonderful lactation consultant and drank Mother's Milk herb tea to promote healthy lactation. These were helpful, but my milk supply did not increase much. I finally had to switch my baby to formula. (I have since learned more about formula). I was frustrated, discouraged, and sad that my body could not provide food for my baby.

While expecting my son, I did not want to go through this frustration again. I researched and read as much as I could. Immediately following my sons delivery, I applied some Young Living essential oils to my breasts and feet. I call it my Lactation Combo (Geranium, Fennel, Sage, and Young Living blend Joy). I applied it several times a day for several weeks. My stress is considerably lower (than when I tried breastfeed my daughter), and I love the emotional support of my breastfeeding choice from my family. It was a wonderful experience breastfeeding my son for his first year of life.

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