Breastfeeding is surprisingly stressful. If you’re anything like me, you probably expected it to be easy – after all, our ancestors have been doing it for thousands of years, so I assumed it would be instinctual. Not necessarily. Many new mothers struggle with breastfeeding; and one of the greatest concerns for breastfeeding mothers is low milk supply. There are many things a new mom can do to increase low milk supply. This more milk blend uses essential oils for increasing milk supply.
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It’s important to note that low milk supply can have many different causes, ranging from baby’s bad latch, positioning, tongue or lip tie among other things. It’s important to try to get to the cause of the problem if possible, rather than just treating the symptom (low milk supply). For that reason, I highly suggest seeking out the assistance of an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) to rule out any other problems. Unfortunately, sometimes no reason can be found. That’s where this recipe comes in handy.
I myself, struggled hardcore my first. It seemed like everything that could go wrong did. Bad latch, sleepy baby, tongue and lip tie… I ended up seeing four (yes, four) different lactation consultants multiple times to try to figure out what the problem was (see our full nursing story here). I took quite a few remedies to increase my supply, but this essential oil recipe was my favorite – plus it’s quick and easy to make.
Essential Oils for Increasing Milk Supply
Recommended essential oils for increasing milk supply:
More Milk Blend
Good quality 3essential oils for increasing milk supply are important for both your health and your safety. My personal favorite brand is Simply Earth, (as I have linked below), but there are many, many other wonderful brands of oils that will work just as well.
- 10 mL glass rollerball – like these
- 1 Drop Clary Sage Essential Oil
- 1 Drop Basil Essential Oil
- 1 Drops Geranium Essential Oil
- Carrier Oil such as Coconut or Jojoba Oil
Recipe makes 1 10 mL rollerball at a 1% dilution rate.
Add essential oils for increasing milk supply to glass rollerball. Fill to top with carrier oil. Shake to mix.
Alternatively, you can make a master blend bottle for diffusing. Simply fill bottle with equal parts clary sage, geranium and basil. Not recommended for use around newborns and infants.
Roll onto the side breast area as needed avoiding the areola and nipple. Wash off before allowing baby to nurse again. This blend is not recommended for baby’s ingestion.
I’ve found the best time to apply is after baby has nodded of during a nursing session. This gives the oils time to penetrate the skin and allows maximum absorption. I then will wipe the breast area to ensure that baby is not exposed to the oils.
Can also be used after a pumping session as well. Make sure that none of the pump parts however come into contact with the oils as you don’t want this blend to get into the breastmilk.
Have you struggled with low milk supply? What did you use to help increase your supply?
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I initially struggled to get enough milk off to support my daughter and I was worried that I’d have to give up breastfeeding all together. However, a friend recommended Clary Sage and Fennel which are both on your list and I found that my milk supply increased in no time at all!
I can certainly recommend these essential oills, although I would like to see more research.