One of the challenges postpartum women experience is difficulty with lactation and breastfeeding. For some of us breastfeeding comes smoothly as we dreamed it would. But many new moms experience various difficulties with breastfeeding which vary from a baby’s difficulty with latching on, insufficiency of breast milk, breast inflammation (mastitis) and more.
Breast milk production begins during pregnancy, around the 20th week under the influence of a hormone called: “prolactin“. The prolactin hormone sends a signal to the mammary glands in the breast which causes them to start producing and secreting milk. Some women may experience lactation during pregnancy. Immediately after birth, the primary secreted milk is called “colostrum“. It is a thick antibody-rich milk and helps, among other things, to develop a newborn’s immune system. After a few days the colostrum changes its texture and becomes ripe milk. The amount of milk we produce is unique to every woman, and relies on the needs of the newborn.
What could be the cause of insufficient breast milk?
Difficulty producing breast milk can be due to several factors:
- Hormonal imbalance – Low levels of prolactin or thyroid imbalance. Changes in estrogen and progesterone levels may also affect the level of prolactin in the body.
- Incorrect breastfeeding – If the newborn breastfeeds incorrectly the mammary glands aren’t stimulated properly, which will send the wrong message to the brain, resulting in a lower amount of milk production. A mother’s body is extremely intelligent and knows how to identify the quantity needed for her baby, and lactates accordingly. The more you breastfeed or pump milk, the greater the amount of milk production.
- Nutrition – There are foods that can impair the lactation process and dry up your milk that is best to avoid in your last trimester and while breastfeeding. The consumption of drying herbs such as sage, mint, thyme, and parsley can dry up your milk. It is also important to make sure you drink enough water- drink every time you breastfeed
- Lack of sleep – Another important factor in milk production is sleep. When you sleep or rest, your body becomes relaxed and has the chance to replenish reservoirs. Although it goes without saying that a postpartum mother suffers from sleep deprivation, try taking a nap every time your baby goes down for a nap.
Mama Flow – Postpartum and Lactation care
This formulation of herbs helps strengthen the body after birth and replenish deficiencies in order to produce healthy milk. Some of the herbs included in the formula are known as Galactagogue, which promote lactation.
Mama Flow capsules for increasing breast milk production and streamlining the breastfeeding process from the Leaf of Life series work on two levels. The first, supports and restores the woman after childbirth so that the body can produce milk, the second is symptomatic, plants called galactogogs that work specifically on the mammary glands in the breast and increase breast milk. The unique compound on Mama Flow created from the plant combination both strengthens the woman’s body and also allows the body’s natural resources to produce breast milk.