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trying to increase low milk supply on one side... essential oil help?


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November 11th, 2013, 05:53 AM
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When my ds was born 4 years ago, he quickly developed a preference for one side while breastfeeding. I am lopsided as a result, and the small side struggles to make much milk. I'm in the same boat again with my 3 week old dd. I heard that basil essential oil was very good at increasing supply, but I'm a complete neophyte when it comes to essential oils. I tried it yesterday, using 2 drops of the basil eo in 5 mL of sweet almond carrier oil, rubbed on the breast with a gauze pad. Thinking if I just use it on the small side, will that be enough to increase my milk production and even me out??

Any ideas? Advice? How long should I be using the eo?
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November 11th, 2013, 07:16 AM
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This is one area about which I know very little (essential oils, that is). I hope that it helps you, though! I had a similar problem with my first. I offered that side more often than the other side for a while, and they evened out some, I think.
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November 11th, 2013, 08:27 AM
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I don't know either, but I have a few resources. Let me check and I'll post back.
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November 11th, 2013, 08:34 AM
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Have you read this link? It also suggests Fennel oil.

2 Essential Oils to Increase a Nursing Mother's Milk Supply
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November 12th, 2013, 04:11 AM
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I am not sure. I was lopsided and just started off a lot of feedings on the smaller producing side and would pump more on the smaller producing side and it eventually caught up.
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March 6th, 2014, 05:22 AM
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Me either. I've heard about Castor oils but haven't tried them.
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