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Breast-Feeding Support

Also indexed as:Nursing Mothers, Breast Milk Production
Breast-feeding can be beneficial for both baby and mother. According to research or other evidence, the following self-care steps may be helpful.
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  • For an herb, supported by traditional use but minimal or no scientific evidence. For a supplement, little scientific support.

Our proprietary "Star-Rating" system was developed to help you easily understand the amount of scientific support behind each supplement in relation to a specific health condition. While there is no way to predict whether a vitamin, mineral, or herb will successfully treat or prevent associated health conditions, our unique ratings tell you how well these supplements are understood by some in the medical community, and whether studies have found them to be effective for other people.

For over a decade, our team has combed through thousands of research articles published in reputable journals. To help you make educated decisions, and to better understand controversial or confusing supplements, our medical experts have digested the science into these three easy-to-follow ratings. We hope this provides you with a helpful resource to make informed decisions towards your health and well-being.

SupplementAmountWhy
Calcium
1,000 mg daily2 stars[2 stars]
Continuing to take prenatal vitamins will help ensure your body gets the nutrients it needs for breast-feeding. Especially important is continued calcium intake.
Cod Liver Oil
Consult a qualified healthcare practitioner2 stars[2 stars]
Studies have shown that higher breast milk concentrations of DHA (an omega-3 fatty acid present in fish oil) are associated with better visual acuity in infants.
DHA
Consult a qualified healthcare practitioner2 stars[2 stars]
Studies have shown that higher breast milk concentrations of DHA (an omega-3 fatty acid present in cod liver oil) are associated with better visual acuity in infants.
Garlic
Follow label instructions2 stars[2 stars]
Infants have been shown in some studies to nurse longer when their mothers ate garlic. However, some infants may develop colic from garlic in breast milk.
Iron

(Iron-Deficiency Anemia)
Consult a qualified healthcare practitioner2 stars[2 stars]
Iron may be required for infants with low iron stores or anemia.
Multivitamin
Follow label instructions2 stars[2 stars]
Continuing to take prenatal vitamins will help ensure your body gets the nutrients it needs for breast-feeding.
Anise
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Anise has traditionally been used in some cultures to support breast-feeding, although no research has confirmed its effectiveness.
Chickweed Topical
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Chickweed is a soothing herb that can relieve sore nipples. Experts recommend moistening the herb with boiling water, wrapping it in gauze, and applying to the breasts.
Comfrey Topical
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Comfrey is a soothing herb that can relieve sore nipples. Experts recommend moistening the herb with boiling water, wrapping it in gauze, and applying to the breasts.
Goat's Rue
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Goat's rue has a history of use in Europe for supporting breast-feeding, it is reported to help increase milk volume.
Marigold Topical
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Marigold is a soothing herb that can relieve sore nipples. Experts recommend moistening the herb with boiling water, wrapping it in gauze, and applying to the breasts.
Stinging Nettle Topical
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Stinging nettle enriches and increases the flow of breast milk and restores the mother's energy following childbirth.
Vitex Topical
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Vitex agnus castus is one of the best-recognized herbs in Europe for promoting lactation. It should not be used during pregnancy.

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