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Old 10-13-2010, 12:43 PM   #26
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Re: success story: overcoming insufficient glandular tissue

Originally Posted by Bekki View Post
Shikoba, out of curiosity - how old was your DD when you were able to stop supplementing?

DS is almost 2 weeks old now. BFing is going a bit better, but not as well as I had hoped. One issue is that I had an over-distended uterus that wouldn't contract after delivery. Pitocin didn't work, so they had to give me 2 doses of methergine to slow the bleeding. Unfortunately, methergine is a vasoconstrictor, and resulted in my colostrum completely drying up on day 2. It came back about 24 hours later, but it sure did throw a wrench in things.

Anyway, I'm taking lots of herbs: alfalfa, goat's rue, more milk plus, malunggay, saw palmetto, red clover, fennel and shatavari.

When and how did you take your herbs? Are they capsules?

I am already seeing a slow, but noticeable increase in my supply. We still have to supplement about 10-12oz/day, though (still experimenting on that one, all we know is that DS needs to wet more diapers!).

I'm just curious to know how old your DD was when you were able to do away with the supplements. I'm having a hard time being patient, but I constantly have to remind myself that most IGT moms who go on to have a full supply need to supplement for the first few weeks.
I take all capsules, but I take a lot of them! I supplemented her between 2-4 weeks, then she was gaining okay until her 2 month visit. I'm supplementing her again (about 6-9 oz a day), her weight completely stalled at 8 lbs :/ But it's okay, I'm just glad I'm able to provide milk at this point. Idk what happened, unless the mini pill caused me to produce less, I started taking it when she was about 6 weeks. It's definitely an uphill battle.

My herb routine is:
morning take two goats rue (motherlove capsules)

30 minutes lates: 4 fenugreek, 2 saw palmetto, 3 alfalfa, 1 milk thistle

(repeat 2 more times through out the day)

I also take a prenatal, flax seed, EPO, fish oil, pre/probiotics and dandelion once a day

I think not pumping decreased my supply too, but the pump was not extracting milk, so it was stimulating more milk production but only getting about 1/4 of an ounce out. I got mastitis from it! I just never really recovered my supply after that. :/

How are things going, I missed this thread when you posted a few days ago
Mama to two sweet babies!

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