The desire to drink “something for lactation” is visited by many nursing mothers. Doubts that the baby has enough nutrition may arise for various reasons.
The child’s behavior has changed, or the mother thinks there is no milk in the breast, the feeling of “tides” has disappeared, and only a few drops can be decanted. And most mothers conclude: “my milk is gone,” starting the search for means that increase its production. One of them is “Mlekoin”.
Reviews of “Mlekoine” for lactation are controversial, and it is worth to understand his ability to increase the amount of milk.
“Mlekoin” – a popular homeopathic drug, which is recommended for reducing milk secretion. According to the instructions, it stimulates the production of prolactin and improves the secretion of milk.
But is it really? Can a remedy with a modest concentration of active substances help in any way with problems of its secretion?
And how to understand that milk is really not enough?
Most often, the conclusion that the crumb loses valuable nutrition relies on very subjective factors. The main ones are:
- child’s anxiety at the breast;
- frequent application;
- mother’s sensations.
This criterion is weight gain. Until the age of six months, infants exclusively on breastfeeding should gain at least 600 g per month (20 g per day).
This is the minimum safe bar. She guarantees that the baby gets enough milk to grow and develop its internal organs.
If the baby adds less, it is a reason to look for the reason for this state of affairs. Such a result can be caused by:
- improper attachment and ineffective sucking;
- errors in the organization of the regime of feeding;
- health problems of the child.
If a child shows good weight dynamics up to six months, then there is no talk about the lack of milk. But if the increase does not please the mother, it is a reason to be wary.
And the question of the examination of the health of the crumbs is as important as the volume of its nutrition.
After all, it happens that a child is gaining weight poorly, but the reason for this lies not in a small amount of milk from the mother, but in difficulties with its assimilation. To save the mother from unreasonable experiences in this regard, they hold an additional event – counting wet diapers.
A healthy, well-sucked babe pisses on average 10-12 times per day. Of course, in the neonatal period, these numbers look different.
But for older children can be guided by this framework.
In particular cases, with long-term poor-quality breast sucking from the mother, milk production can actually decrease. And then, in fact, it is necessary to direct efforts to increase the milk secretion.
But in order to understand whether the intake of “Mlekoin” will be useful for increasing lactation, it is worth getting into the essence of milk secretion.
The secretion in the mammary gland occurs in response to an increase in the blood concentration of prolactin. The higher this figure, the more stable will be the production of milk.
And to maintain a constant level of this hormone helps frequent stimulation of the nipple and areola (sucking and pumping the breast). In this case, both processes should occur correctly and painlessly.
A nursing mother, who faithfully puts a crumb under six months at least 10-12 times per day (including at least once or twice at night), is unlikely to be faced with a sudden shortage of milk. After all, it fulfills two key conditions for successful lactation:
- provides regular stimulation of the breast;
- helps the baby to effectively empty the gland – correctly applies it.
Of course, in such a situation, the mother needs a reference point, which will tell her that her efforts give a positive result. To do this, every three days measure the weight of the child and calculate his average daily increase.
When it exceeds the limit of 20 g, it is safe to say that the crumb is full, and mom can forget about their experiences.
Dosage form “Mlekoina” – small granules. According to the instructions for use, it consists of three main components.
- Back chamber meadow Used in folk medicine as a diuretic, sedative, analgesic agent. It is also recommended for depression, interruptions in the menstrual cycle, digestive diseases.
- Agnus Cactus It is considered useful for the normalization of the level of female sex hormones.
- Nettle stinging. It is used for diseases of the female reproductive system, urolithiasis, bleeding and convulsions.
The instructions indicate that “Mlekoin” accelerates the reduction of the uterus after childbirth and has a lactotropic effect (stimulates the formation of prolactin and the release of milk). A detailed description of the principle of the influence of agents on lactation is absent.
Indications for the use of “Mlekoina” are:
- breast milk deficiency (initial and late stages of hypogalactia);
- prolongation of the breastfeeding period;
- mastitis prevention.
“Mlekoin” has only one contraindication – individual sensitivity to its composition.
Any medications that a nursing mother is going to take should be checked for compatibility with breastfeeding. This means that the drug should be harmless to an infant receiving mother’s milk, and should not have an overwhelming effect on lactation.
As a rule, in the annotation to the medicine there is a graph devoted to the question of its safety during breastfeeding. Given that “Mlekoin” is considered lactotropic agent, the conclusion suggests its full compatibility with natural feeding.
However, if you go a little deeper into the study of its composition and additionally check the active components in reliable sources, the perception of the situation changes.
According to the international reference book E-lactation, the agnus-cactus contains organic compounds that have an effect similar to that of dopamine. They inhibit the secretion of prolactin.
Thus, this substance may give the opposite effect to what is said in the abstract. Therefore, the E-lactation site assigned it a “high risk” status (the component is incompatible with breastfeeding).
Yakovlev Yakov Yakovlevich, a breastfeeding consultant and a well-known domestic pediatrician with work experience of more than 21 years, attributes agnus cactus to herbs that cannot be applied to a nursing mother.
These same sources indicate that nettle is permissible during lactation, but as prescribed by the doctor and in small doses. There is no scientifically confirmed information about its penetration into human milk.
Lumbago meadow is a very poisonous plant. Therefore, it is taken in strict accordance with the doses prescribed by the doctor.
It is not known how much the substance is absorbed into breast milk, and what effect it may have on the infant.
If the doctor did not suggest how to take “Mlekoin” for lactation, you can use the standard dosage. It consists of five granules “Mlekoina” at a time.
They should be resolved to complete extinction. The drug is used for half an hour before meals.
The manufacturer specifies that it is advisable to start treatment with “Mlekoin” one and a half weeks after delivery. It is recommended to stop taking it only after the completion of lactation.
Side effects from taking Mlekoin may include:
- allergic manifestations;
- deterioration of lactation at the very beginning of the use of funds.
Opinions of nursing moms about “Mlekoine” are divided: some claim that the remedy helped them perfectly, others did not notice any effect, and someone caught the drug in a reverse effect on lactation. Reviews of doctors are also contradictory. There are supporters of homeopathic remedies, including, during lactation.
And other doctors adhere to the position of the World Health Organization regarding traditional medicine.
Thus, “Mlekoin” to increase lactation – ambiguous and even dubious means. In its composition are substances with unproven effectiveness. Moreover, one of them is able to reduce the secretion of milk.
But sometimes moms, along with adequate measures to stimulate milk production, want to additionally take some kind of “lactogonic” drug. In this case, you should choose from the list of the most secure means. Analogues of “Mlekoina” can be considered “Apilak”, “Laktogon”, “Laktamil”.
If their use brings psychological comfort to the mother and gives confidence in her abilities, she can include them in her diet, provided she observes the condition of the baby and follows the instructions of the attending physician.
“The only real lactation stimulant is always in the hands of the mother”: reviews
I have always been skeptical about the prescription of herbs, and, moreover, I have never prescribed or prescribed herbs to anyone to stimulate lactation. The explanations are simple – in the guidelines on breastfeeding (take at least WHO) there is nothing about this.
The whole process of lactation stimulation is reduced to one single rule – the only real lactation stimulant is always in my mother’s arms. This is a baby.
This position has been repeatedly confirmed practically. In addition, there are no truly evidence-based studies on the effectiveness of herbs.
Pediatrician Yakovlev Y.Ya. , https://www.baby.ru/community/view/3335924/forum/post/88343876/
I Mlekoin saw. I do not know how much he physically helped, but psychologically accurate. I stopped worrying, pulled myself together and began to think positively)))) and after a couple of hours I felt the long-awaited arrival …
When my son was 3 months old, my milk decreased dramatically. I started to feed the mixtures, but I tried to keep the milk. At 6 months there was another crisis and the milk again diminished.
Then I decided to resort to using drugs. One of them was Mlekoin granules. So much good reviews, and even stumbled upon those that described a set of measures and vitamins for the return of milk.
There was hope in me. But all the means are drunk, and the milk has not gone away anymore.
It was certainly a shame. And even more than when the milk began to disappear. Apparently I believed too much in all these wonderful preparations, therefore the disappointment was the strongest.
I can certainly not say bad about this drug, it just did not help me at all.