Already started to hear about certain “natural” ways to increase breast milk at work. I wanted to post this article to help the mom’s that may visit this site to have a quick reference to help them choose safety over herbs. The article is from WebMD --
Much Thought, SeanG
By Peggy Peck
WebMD Medical News
Nov. 2, 2000 (Chicago) -- Breastfeeding mothers often seek "natural" remedies, but sometimes those natural approaches can be harmful to themselves and their babies, according to one expert speaking at a special session on herbs and breastfeeding at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
That expert is Ruth A. Lawrence, MD, professor of pediatrics and obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Rochester School of Medicine in
For example, the herb fenugreek is often touted for its ability to increase breast milk supply, but Lawrence says some women taking it claim it had no effect, while others say it had too strong of an effect. Moreover, she says there isn't even any evidence to confirm that it affects breast milk supply.
But what is known about fenugreek is that it can cause low blood sugar and high blood pressure in the mother. And it has been associated with increased colic and diarrhea in nursing babies.
Of even greater concern,
The growing use of herbs by nursing mothers has caught the attention of author Arlene Eisenberg, who tells WebMD that she plans to add a section on herbs in the next edition of What to Expect the First Year, one of the best-selling books in the What to Expect series authored by Eisenberg and her daughters, Heidi Murkhoff and Sandee Hathaway, BSN. Eisenberg says her message will be "natural doesn't equal safe."
"There are some teas that I can recommend for women who want a nice herbal tea. Chicory, peppermint, orange spice, and red bush tea are all fine. Rose hips is an especially good tea because it has a very high concentration of vitamin C,"
Finally, she says, doctors should caution nursing mothers who have postpartum depression that self-medicating with
Eisenberg, who attended the meeting seeking material for the new book, says that she thinks "mothers are just using these things without asking. They don't realize that these herbs and so-called natural substances can act just like any other drugs."