Diabetes, low blood sugar and low carb diets can’t stop milk production, nor do they seriously affect milk composition. Women’s bodies still somehow bear fruit.
The Wikipedia article on breast milk says: “Actual inability to produce enough milk is rare, with studies showing that [women] from developing countries experiencing nutritional hardship still produce amounts of milk of similar quality to that of [women] in developed countries.”1
1. Wikipedia – Breast Milk [Source: Prentice, A.M., Paul, A., Prentice, A., Black, A., Cole, T., & Whitehead, R. (1986). Cross – cultural differences in lactational performance. In Maternal Environmental Factors in Human Lactation. Human Lactation 2, pp. 13 = 44 [Hamosh, M., & Goldman, A.S. (eds). New York: Plenum Press.]
See How to induce lactation, as the process is essentially the same.
Before Domperidone, it took a whole day to express this:
After Dom, days 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6:
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As someone who suffers from numerous breast feeding issues, I didn’t think Domperidone would work for me. We finally figured out what was going on with my body, and why despite my best efforts I could not increase my milk supply. My problem is three-fold: I suffer from mammary hypoplasia (also known as IGT), have a slow refill rate and low prolactin levels. Each problem in itself is easily rectified…..the three together is somewhat more of a challenge.
Mammary hypoplasia, IGT, occurs when a woman does not develop proper glandular tissue during adolescence. While breasts can be either small or large, the most common characteristics are narrow widely spaced breasts, swollen/puffy areolas, asymmetrical breasts where one is much larger than the other, and milk that either never comes in or comes in after 3-5 days after delivery. Women with hypoplasia will never be able to exclusively breast feed (or at least…
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The key is nipple and areola stimulation, done consistently.
Multiple manual stimulation sessions daily, with the help of your loving husband over the course of some few weeks should result in at least a few drops. It varies from woman to woman. It takes some much longer while others, especially those trying to relactate, can almost readily start producing.
Breast milk production works by supply and demand. The more the stimulation, the more a woman’s body will respond to the need for milk. Patience and tenacity are crucial.
Pumping can do the trick but some women report how breast and nipple-unfriendly this technique gets. Plus having to carry the equipment around is no fun.
I read from a woman who said an electric pump worked for her.
Also, herbs help increase supply. Popular ones include Fenugreek – 3 capsules, taken 3 times a day with food, and Blessed Thistle – same regimen.
And finally, I have seen domperidone‘s marked effects. As a prescription, I think it should be a last resort, but it definitely yields results.