One of the most common experiences of nursing moms is related to the amount of breast milk. Assumptions that milk is not enough, appear because of frequent attachments, anxiety of the crumbs, prolonged or, on the contrary, short sucking. And sometimes there is a real reason to increase the production of a secret.
In search of a solution to the problem, mothers try different pills “for lactation”. But will they be effective?
As with any medicine or food supplements, the doctor should use the “lactation pills” pills. Before this, it is necessary to understand the situation and find out how breastfeeding is organized, whether the baby is healthy and why the mother is not satisfied with the amount of her milk.
Even if the doctor prescribes homeopathic remedies or food supplements, a woman should inquire about the composition of drugs, their side effects, the principle of action and safety for the baby.
Before actively taking up an increase in lactation, a nursing mother should understand whether it is really necessary. How to find out that the baby does not have enough milk? Most often, mothers make such a conclusion on the basis of subjective data – the amount of expressed secret, sensations in the chest, the behavior of the crumbs during feedings, and so on.
However, these factors cannot be called universal, because they change from mother to mother. Moreover, the mood and behavior of the infant is influenced not only by the state of hunger, but sensations in the area of the mammary gland during lactation can be very individual in different women.
How, then, to understand that the child is fed? The main and objective criterion for the adequacy of nutrition for an infant is its weight gain. Up to half a year, babies exclusively breastfed should gain at least 600 g per month (20 g per day).
If a child shows large numbers, there is no reason to doubt the sufficient production of milk. After seven months, normal gains slow down.
When the dynamics of weight lags behind the safe minimum, it’s time to start looking for the reasons for this state of affairs. The following factors affect the rate of weight gain of an infant.
- The correctness of attachment to the chest. A faithfully attached child has the ability to effectively empty the breast, getting the right amount of milk. Otherwise, even long-term, but poor-quality sucking does not allow the baby to get enough nutrition. Errors in attachment gradually lead to a real decrease in mother’s milk production: the iron always remains partially filled, and in full breast the production of a new secret is slower than in an empty one.
- Feeding mode Rare feeding, limiting sucking in time, long breaks between attachments, lack of night sucking – all this adversely affects the volume of milk and the rate of weight gain. For milk to always be in abundance, babies up to three months should be fed on demand (that is, very often). Older children should be applied to the chest at least 10-12 times per day, including the night.
- Health status. Various problems with the well-being of a child often affect the dynamics of his weight. A baby may add below the minimum limit due to difficulties in digesting breast milk, and not because of its lack.
The volume of milk production depends on the concentration of prolactin in the blood of a nursing mother. The higher it is, the more stable lactation will be.
The synthesis of prolactin is started during and after breastfeeding or decanting, that is, as a result of stimulation of specific receptors in the nipple and areola.
In the absence of this condition, active production of prolactin in the woman’s body does not begin, and lactation gradually fades away. For this reason, any means “to increase lactation” are not able to affect the amount of milk in the breast.
The same goes for food, tea, industrial or homemade beverages.
Despite the fact that, in fact, drugs marked “to enhance lactation” are not able to give the desired effect, doctors often prescribe them, mothers advise and manufacturers praise them. Below is a general description of products that are very popular among nursing women.
Special attention is paid to the compatibility of drugs with breastfeeding.
“Apilak” is a homeopathic and completely natural remedy in the form of tablets. Created on the basis of royal jelly, which consists of proteins, sugars, fats, mineral salts, vitamins and trace elements.
According to studies that can be found in the National American Medical Library, the composition of bee’s royal milk has been studied by approximately 95%. According to the instructions, the drug improves metabolism and stimulates the metabolic processes in the body.
The recommendations for the use of Apilac are as follows:
- recovery period after illness;
- reduced production of breast milk;
- neurotic disorders;
- arterial hypotension.
“Apilak” is contraindicated in case of individual intolerance to its components and beekeeping products. It should not be taken in the case of insufficiency of the functions of the adrenal cortex.
As a side effect of the drug, nursing mothers may experience allergic reactions and sleep problems.
“Mlekoin” – a natural drug that belongs to homeopathy. It consists of three plants: cross-flown meadow, stinging nettle and agnus-cactus.
Available in the form of small granules. The annotation states that “Mlekoin” helps the rapid contraction of the uterus after childbirth and stimulates the production of prolactin (there is no description of the mechanism of this action in the instructions).
Indications for the use of drugs:
- insufficient milk secretion in the early and late stages;
- the need to extend the period of breastfeeding;
- mastitis prevention.
Mlekoin’s contraindication is only one thing – personal susceptibility to its composition. Side effects can be expressed in the form of allergy and deterioration of lactation in the first time after the start of the drug.
“Laktogon” – an addition to the diet of a nursing mother in the form of talitok, considered to be a dietary supplement. Includes natural ingredients:
- carrot juice;
- ascorbic acid;
- herbs (ginger, nettle, dill, oregano);
- royal jelly;
According to the instructions, this natural remedy was created specifically to preserve and maintain breastfeeding with insufficient milk secretion. The annotation states that “Laktogon”:
- prolongs breastfeeding;
- helps mother recover her strength in the shortest possible time after childbirth;
- strengthens the body of a woman during lactation.
“Laktogon” is indicated for use as an additional source of iodine and vitamin C. The manufacturer recommends using it to increase the secretion of breast milk.
The list of contraindications for this drug is modest: pregnancy, diabetes and intolerance to the components in the composition. With care and under the supervision of the endocrinologist “Laktogon” take mothers with thyroid problems.
The conclusion about the safety of the drug is formed as a result of assessing the compatibility with lactation of each active ingredient can be made on the basis of data from the E-lactation site.
- Vitamin C. Allowed during breastfeeding.
- Ginger. Absolutely safe for a nursing mother and her baby.
- Nettle. Non-toxic and acceptable for moderate use when breastfeeding, but there is no data on milk excretion.
- Dill. He was assigned the penultimate degree of risk, since he has no proven positive effect on milk production. Includes neurotoxic essential oil that can cause cramps. In high concentrations, it can cause weakness, vomiting and hypotension in the mother and infant.
- Royal jelly. No risk during lactation.
Carrot juice and iodine are not dangerous for the well-being of a nursing mother and an infant. They are present in the regular menu of a woman, and their concentration in the Lactogon tablet is insignificant.
Regarding the oregano information on the site is not presented.
“Femilak” is a dry mix, which is taken as an active additive to tea, cocoa, porridge and, thus, replenishes the diet of a woman who is breastfeeding with certain components.
Abstract states that “Femilak” is a milk drink that is balanced and enriched with a complex of vitamins and minerals. The product is recommended for the correction of the diet of lactating mothers, pregnant women and others who need additional intake of beneficial substances.
The structure of “Femilaka” includes:
- dry matter (dairy products);
- a complex of vegetable oils (coconut, palm, soy, corn);
- 12 minerals;
- 13 vitamins;
- auxiliary components.
The amount of breast milk does not depend on what it eats, drinks and how a woman is treated. If she faithfully and often enough puts her child to the breast, controls his gains and rationally feeds, she is unlikely to face the problem of reduced milk production.
What pills are better for “increasing” lactation? Mom herself has to answer this question. You must first consult with a physician, study the components of the drug and evaluate the possible impact on lactation and the child.
Reviews of nursing mothers about “Mlekoine”, “Laktogone” and other pills “for lactation” do not give grounds to say that they have a real positive effect on the process of milk formation. Sometimes mothers feel more confident when they use additional measures to “maintain” milk production.
Taking such supplements and drugs often has a placebo effect.