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There are many things you do that encourage a good milk supply. There are also things you can eat that can decrease your milk supply.
Eating peppermint has a powerful effect on milk supply. In fact, this is one of the suggestions I make to moms who have too much milk and that is causing a problem.
For moms who have a low milk supply, a history of low milk supply or who are trying to build their milk supply should try to not ingest any peppermint.
I have had moms ask me if gum is okay. I honestly don’t know. I do know that as little as one cup of peppermint tea a day has helped moms I have worked with decrease their supply.
If you are having trouble with a low milk supply, I wrote an in-depth article about it: https://breastfeedingconfidential.com/increase-milk-supply
This is a book that is a great resource with many recommendations by The Breastfeeding Mother’s Guide to Making More Milk: Foreword by Martha Sears, RN
What have you tried to build a low milk supply? What other things have you been told to avoid? Share with me and my readers in the comments.
Andrea Tran RN, MA, IBCLC
Andrea has been working with new families as an RN for over 35 years and a Lactation Consultant for over 25 years.
She has her MA in Health and Wellness with a focus in Lactation.