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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
The Breastfeeding Mother’s Guide to Making More Milk: Foreword by Martha Sears, RN is a great book that is packed with information about how to make as much milk a you can.
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.
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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.