Sick Mother (Herbs & Medication and Miscellaneous)
Diabetes – KellyMom.com New
Hyperthyroidism– “I may have an overactive thyroid; can I still breastfeed my baby?”
Hypothyroidism -“I may have hypothyroidism; can I still breastfeed my baby?”
Hypothyroidism– ParentsPlace IBCLC
Surgery & the Breastfeeding Mother-It is not necessary to wean for most surgeries. Most medications are compatible with nursing, and your baby will generally receive only very small quantities (usually less than one percent of your dose) through your milk. Keep in mind, that even teeny newborns breastfeed after their mothers have received anesthesia when giving birth.
Breastfeeding in the Face of Surgery or Hospitalization
Diagnosis & Management Of Breast Problems During Pregnancy & Lactation
Maternal Health – Addresses the following issues: Aids; Arthritis; Asthma; Cancer; Chickenpox; Cold, Flu or a Mild Infection; Diabetes; Epilepsy; Fibromyalgia; Food Poisoning; Giardia; Headaches; Hepatitis, A, B or C; Herpes Simplex I (Cold Sores) or II (Genital Herpes); Lupus; Lyme Disease; Measles (Rubella, German); Multiple Sclerosis; Myasthenia gravis (MG); Postpartum Depression (PPD); STDs (Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, syphilis); Shingles; Thyroid problems, Dental Work, Diagnostic Tests, Surgery or Vaccinations (as a side note on vaccinations- in light of recent events- the anthrax vaccine is safe for nursing mothers, but not indicated for pregnant women).
Illness-induced decrease in supply
Another Look – dedicated to gathering information, raising critical questions, and stimulating needed research about breastfeeding in the context of HIV/AIDS
Treatment Options for Depressed Breastfeeding Mothers: Allopathic, Alternative, and Lifestyle Changes – Leaven (see also under “Herbs & Medications & BF” for more information on Depression).
Fitting Breastfeeding into your Life – “…important factor in working with a mother with a chronic illness is helping her explore ways to fit breastfeeding into her life, so she can meet her baby’s needs without compromising her own well- being.” Leaven
Sore Nipples (see also Positioning & Latch, Breast Infections, Raynaud’s, & Miscellaneous for more ideas if this isn’t helpful)
Sore Nipples– by Dr. Jack Newman
Afraid to try again: nipple soreness/not enough milk by Anne Smith, IBCLC
Sore Nipples by Anne Smith, IBCLC
Healing Sore Nipples by Jane Squires, RN, IBCLC
Healing broken skin in the nipple area
All-Purpose Nipple Ointment for soreness
Help for persistant sore nipples
Nipple Pain: Causes, Treatments, & Remedies– from Leaven
Why are my nipples sore after months of pain-free nursing?
Nipple Pain – this page features an extensive, excellent list of possible reasons for nipple soreness, may be helpful if proper positioning and latch are not resolving the problem.
Treatment of sore, cracked, or bleeding nipples
Moistness: The Secret of Healing Sore and Cracked Nipples
Moist Wound Healing
Eczema on Breasts
Eczema of the Nipple – nipple soreness is usually due to a positioning or latch problem, but occasionally eczema can contribute.
Nipple Shields, Friend or Foe? – from LLL
How do you treat a milk blister/bleb/blocked nipple pore?
My baby makes a clicking sound when nursing
Low supply -This is a big section. Look carefully through the alphabetical list because there is good information here that you don’t want to miss.
Ask The Lactation Consultant: Reglan and Milk Production by Debbi Donovan, IBCLC
Brewer’s Yeast – can it improve your milk supply?
Can low milk supply be due to a thyroid problem?
Color of the Day: Solving Bowel Movement Mysteries– great link for those questions about strange poop!
Domperidone (Motilium) – general information sheet for doctors and Motilium for Increasing Milk Supply -from the same website
Data sheet on domperidone
Domperidone and Domperidone 2 by Dr. Jack Newman
Domperidone Info also has information on availability
Drinking Beer for low supply?
Effect of domperidone on milk production in mothers of premature newborns: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. (see also the link from the journal website; PDF version)
Herbal Remedies for Increasing Supply
Hidden Hindrances to a Healthy Milk Supply – if you know your low supply isn’t from infrequent nursings or supplementing, check this list for more ideas.
How I can be sure my milk is flowing? by Jo-Anne Lawless, HCA, LC
How Can I Increase My Milk Supply? by Becky Flora, IBCLC
How long does it take for milk to replenish?
How Much Should I Expect my BF Baby to Gain?
How to obtain domperidone (Motillium™) from the BFAR website
Illness-induced decrease in supply-“Ever since I have been sick, the amount of milk I produce has diminished”
Increasing Low Milk Supply – from KellyMom.com
Increasing Milk Supply by Cheryl Taylor White & Dee Negron at Dr.JayGordon.com
Increasing milk supply, this is particularly for pumping/working moms
Information & How to Obtain Domperidone (Motilium)
Importance of Newborn Stool Counts
Is my baby getting enough milk – make sure you check good and bad ways of knowing if your baby is getting enough milk before you worry about low supply
Look at the Baby, Not the Scale
Low milk supply after postpartum blood loss
Low Milk Supply, is it inherited?
Milk Secretion: An Overview by Margaret C. Neville, Ph.D
Myth of Low Supply
Newborn Weight Loss
Nurse-In-Having low supply problems? Try a nurse-in, the info is here.
On the pharmacokinetics of domperidone in animals and man. IV. The pharmacokinetics of intravenous domperidone and its bioavailability in man following intramuscular, oral and rectal administration -Among other things, this study found that that absorption of domperidone increased from 13% to 23% when domperidone was given 90 minutes after eating.
Oatmeal for Increasing Supply -KellyMom.com
Protocol for “Not Enough Milk” – by Dr. Jack Newman
Rating a Woman’s Milk Supply
Using Reglan (Metoclopramide) to Increase Supply -article for parents
Using Reglan (Metoclopramide) to Increase Supply -Information sheet for health professional
Weaning from Formula Supplements
What exactly is “let-down”? by Jo-Anne Lawless, HCA, LC
What is a galactagogue? Do I need one? -KellyMom.com
Worried about Supply because the Baby is Suddenly Nursing Nonstop? – maybe it’s a Growth Spurt.
Common Side Effects of an Overactive Letdown
Finish the First Breast First
Forceful Let-Down Reflex – KellyMom.com
How long does it take to access hindmilk?
Hyperactive Let-down sometimes goes along with overabundant supply, can include painful let-down
I’m confused about Foremilk/Hindmilk, how does this work? -from Kelly’s AP website
Leaking milk by Jo-Anne Lawless, HCA, LC
Leaking too much at night by Jo-Anne Lawless, HCA, LC
Overabundant Milk Supply (hyperlactation)
Overactive Let-down: Consequences & Treatment from LLL
Overactive Letdown/Overabundant Milk Supply
Oversupply: Can you use one breast per feed?
Oversupply, Foremilk/Hindmilk Imbalance
Too Much of a Good Thing
Too much milk?-what to do for overabundant supply
Too much milk:Sage and other herbs for decreasing milk supply-KellyMom.com
Worried baby isn’t getting enough hindmilk
CaboCreme– claims to relieve engorgement pain with cucumber, grape seed and cabbage extracts (see links below for more cabbage info)
Engorgement -by Anne Smith, IBCLC
Engorgement: Newborn Can’t Latch On -also, how do you tell if you have passing breast fullness or full-blown engorgement
Engorgement: The Cabbage Cure Instructions for use of cabbage leaves to reduce swelling in moderate to severe engorgement (can diminish supply, use under care of professional).
More on Cabbage as a treatment for engorgement -note: “If you are one of the women who gets a large lump in the armpit about 3 or 4 days after the baby’s birth, you can use cabbage leaves in that area as well.”
Reverse Pressure Softening for Engorgement, edema, etc.- geared toward professionals.
Unable to Nurse with Engorged breasts -“I’ve tried warm compresses and hot showers and nothing seems to help. What should I do?”
Dr. Brian Palmer – Tongue Tie
Tongue-Tie: Impact On Breastfeeding Complete Management Including Frenotomy
Tongue-Tie geared toward toddlers, but information and oral exercises can be adapted.