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Kyani Product Review for Breastfeeding Moms June 16 2015 1 Comment

In my previous post titled Workout Supplements, Weight-Loss Supplements and Diet Supplements While Breastfeeding, I listed out many ingredients found in supplements and if they are or are not safe to take while breastfeeding. In this post, I will use that list to review Kyani products. You can refer back to the first post for reasons why these ingredients are questionable or contraindicated.

I want to remind you that while I am a Certified Breastfeeding Specialist, I am not a medical professional and I am not an herbalist. Please use your discretion when considering taking any supplements while breastfeeding, and speak to your doctor if you have any concerns. I do sell this product and therefore there is the potential for bias in the information provided.

 

Ingredients in Kyani Sunrise:

Acai Fruit Extract- a potent Amazonian antioxidant, promotes healthy skin. Lack of scientific evidence on use while breastfeeding (Acai, 2011).

Aloe Vera Leaf Extract- provides immune supporting polysaccharides, supports healthy gastrointestinal tract. the interior leaf is rated B and the leaf skin is Rated C by The Nursing Mother’s Herbal.

Amla Berry Extract- a potent source of Vitamin C, helps regulate the blood glucose

Ashwagandha Extract- promotes vitality and virility, enables effective stress management. It is a galactagogue, but is rated C by The Nursing Mother’s Herbal. You can read more here and here.

Broccoli Powder-antioxidant and minerals that promote heart health. This is simply a food that is fine to consume while breastfeeding.

Cranberry Extract-supports healthy digestion, promotes urinary health. Cranberry is rated A by The Nursing Mother’s Herbal.

Grape Skin Extract-Antioxidant with high procyanins, promotes cardiovascular health. This is rated A by The Nursing Mother’s Herbal.

Inositol- also known as Myo-Inositol or d-chiro-inositol. It is part of the B-vitamin complex. It is found in lecithin and helps to emulsify fats. It is taken by women with PCOS to help with insulin resistance. Many of them take it while pregnant and breastfeeding. We get about 1g of inositol daily in the food we eat. There is no RDA for it since it is also made in our bodies. A therapeutic dose starts around 500 mg per day, and I read here that it should also be taken with choline and other B Vitamins. Here’s a link to an article written by Well-Rounded Mama on PCOS and Insulin Resistance.

Kale Powder-high in iron and antioxidants, supports the immune system. This is simply a food that is fine to consume while breastfeeding.

L-Theanine- This is an essential amino acid.

Mangosteen Puree Concentrate-potent xanthoid and antioxidant content, enhances the immune system. This is a fruit juice that should be fine to consume while breastfeeding.

Maquiberry Concentrate-potent anthocyanin antioxidant, reduces the risk of high blood pressure. This is a fruit juice that should be fine to consume while breastfeeding.

Panax Ginseng Extract-provides energy and stamina, maintains healthy cholesterol. This herb is rated B by The Nursing Mother’s Herbal.

Pomegranate Juice Concentrate- powerful antioxidant-reduces oxidation of LDL cholesterol. This is a fruit juice that should be fine to consume while breastfeeding.

Red Raspberry Juice Concentrate- an anti-inflammatory that helps with pain management. This is a fruit juice that should be fine to consume while breastfeeding.

Spinach Powder- dense in vitamins and nutrients and supports cognitive function. This is simply a food that is fine to consume while breastfeeding.

Taurine- an amino acid, used to increase athletic performance. Not much is known about use during lactation (Web MD, Taurine).

Wild Alaskan Blueberry Juice Concentrate- The king of fruits and an antioxidant powerhouse. This is a fruit juice that should be fine to consume while breastfeeding.

Wolfberry Extract-Promotes healthy heart and enhances mineral absorption. This is also known as Lycium or Goji berry. I couldn’t find any info on using this while breastfeeding, but did find some info suggesting that it not be used while pregnant.

Ingredients Questionable for Breastfeeding:

  • Acai Fruit Extract
  • Aloe Vera Leaf Extract
  • Ashwagandha Extract
  • B1-200% daily value
  • B2-200% daily value
  • B3-200% daily value
  • B6-200% daily value
  • B12-3,333% daily value
  • D-Biotin-200% daily value
  • B5-200% daily value
  • Panax Ginseng Extract
  • Wolfberry Extract

Ingredients Contraindicated for Breastfeeding:

None Found

Ingredients in Kyani Sunset:

Vitamin A- Beta-carotene is an organic compound found abundantly in plants and vegetables. A member of the carotenoids, it can be metabolized into Vitamin A, yielding many compelling health benefits. These include heart health, cell protection, and heightened immunity. This essential nutrient is also beneficial in sustaining optical health and brain function

Vitamin D- Vitamin D is one of several vitamins required for normal growth and development. This essential nutrient contributes to the absorption of calcium, which is an important process for bone development and strength. Vitamin D promotes cellular growth, boosts the immune system, and helps to reduce inflammation.

Vitamin E- helps to maintain healthy blood pressure and reduce blood cholesterol. Contains Tocotrienols which are a much more potent and effective form of vitamin E. You can read more about Tocotrienols here.

Omega 3’s- essential fatty acids required for good health. These omega 3’s come from Wild Alaskan Sockeye Salmon and other wild fish.

Ingredients Questionable for Breastfeeding:

None Found

Ingredients Contraindicated for Breastfeeding:

None Found

 

Ingredients in Kyani Nitro FX

Noni Concentrate- noni increases the production of nitric oxide in the blood. Nitric oxide is known as the molecule of life. Nitric Oxide repairs, defends and maintains every cell of the body. Rated A by The Nursing Mother’s Herbal.

 

Ingredients in Kyani Nitro Extreme

Chromium- Chromium helps turn carbohydrates, proteins, and fats into energy. This essential mineral also helps the body regulate blood sugar levels, maintain heart health, improve the immune system, and encourage lean body mass.

CoQ10- Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is an anti-oxidant produced by the human body. It is required for the basic functioning of cells. CoQ10 helps generate up to 95 percent of the human body's energy. This molecule also promotes cardiovascular health and improved blood flow. CoQ10 levels are reported to decrease with age and chronic diseases.

Magnesium- Magnesium helps convert carbohydrates, protein, sugars, and fats into energy. It also supports muscle relaxation and contraction as well as nerve transmission. Some studies show that increased magnesium is one of the most effective ways to boost energy. The journal of Nutrition reported that low magnesium levels take a significant toll on the body's energy supply.

Niacin- Niacin is an anti-oxidant essential for cellular metabolism. It is involved in over 50 metabolic processes that turn carbohydrates and fats into energy. Niacin also helps maintain heart health, supports the digestive tract, and promotes a healthy nervous system.

Noni Concentrate- noni increases the production of nitric oxide in the blood. Nitric oxide is known as the molecule of life. Nitric Oxide repairs, defends and maintains every cell of the body. Rated A by The Nursing Mother’s Herbal.

Vitamin B1

Zinc- Essential to more than 300 enzymes in the body, zinc plays an important role in maintaining a healthy immune system, energy metabolism, protein synthesis, blood sugar balance, wound healing, and brain function

Ingredients Questionable for Breastfeeding:

None Found

Ingredients Contraindicated for Breastfeeding:

None Found

 

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Other Posts in This Series:

Workout, Weight-Loss and Diet Supplements While Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding and Losing Weight

Advocare Products and Breastfeeding

It Works Products and Breastfeeding

References

Acai (Euterpe Oleracea). 2011. Natural Standard. http://www.itsonlynaturalmarket.com/ns/DisplayMonograph.asp?StoreID=559B4D5864C14F0DBE0543F5BAD7FD4A&DocID=bottomline-acai

Humphrey, S. (2003). The Nursing Mother’s Herbal. Menneapolis, MN: Fairview Press.

Web MD. Taurine. http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-1024-taurine.aspx?activeingredientid=1024&activeingredientname=taurine


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I would love to win this contest to help grow my inventory to carry more products for nursing moms.  I would also love to be able to buy some hospital grade pumps to both rent and lend to moms in need! Please visit my entry page and vote for me to help me win the contest.  You can see my entry and vote here: https://wellsfargoworks.com/project?x=us-en_viewentriesandvote_14798_

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My Weighloss Journey April 12 2015 2 Comments

I was always one of those people that would work out but never see results.  I was envious of those women who would post before and after photos and looked amazing in the after photos.  Sure, I would lose a little weight with working out, but not much.  Not enough to go posting 1/2 naked photos on my Facebook page!

I lost about 20 lbs before I got pregnant with my youngest.  I was going to classes like Body Pump and Yoga and then towards the end of my pregnancy, mainly just walking on the treadmill.  My husband was lifting weights and I saw incredible results with him.  Although I was hesitant to work out because I didn't want to jeopardize my supply, after Caiden was born I had an uncontrollable urge to get in the gym and see what I could accomplish! So, I started working out at 4 weeks postpartum. 

I want to share my results with you not to brag, but to show that nursing moms can work out, can lose weight, and can have great results without using all the fad diet and weight loss products everyone tries to promote these days.  I did all of this while eating real food and taking protein supplements after workouts.  That's it!

What did I do?

Workouts

I highly recommend the Body Space App.  You can use this app to create a profile, store all your measurements, and choose workout programs.  I swear this app is like having a personal trainer in your phone! It helps immensely to have a plan when you go to the gym.  It also helps to track your workouts so that you know what you did last time, and can improve upon it the next time.  The first program I did was the Jamie Eason Live Fit program.  I really liked it because it started off fairly easy and gradually added things on.  Jamie Eason has also come out with a postpartum workout program recently that may be a great one to start off with.  I wrote a post about it here.  I also really liked the Shortcut to Shred program, and I am currently doing the Squat Every Day program.

I would usually go to the gym every morning after I dropped my daughter off at school.  I would feed the baby before we left for school, and that would usually give me an hour to an hour and 15 minutes to work out before I would need to go home and feed the baby.  

But, there were many times in the beginning that I would have to stop in the middle of a workout to feed the baby. I tried to work out at least 4 times a week, but sometimes kids were sick and I would only work out 3 days that week. Sometimes, I was really good and made it 6 days a week, but it was probably an average of 4-5 days a week.

Supplementation

You can read some of my other posts on supplementation for more information on what to use or how to use it, but here I will tell you what I did. For my pre-workout, I would drink a cup of coffee in the morning. Although, I will admit that lately that 1 cup has been more like 3! My post-workout is a protein shake. I usually use the Paleo Protein. And, that is it for supplementation. See this post for more information on why that is all I used while nursing: Workout, Weight-loss and Diet Supplements While Breastfeeding. I did take the Nighttime Recovery by Advocare for about a month in January, but couldn’t really tell if it was doing anything since you take it at night. So, I didn’t get any more of it when I ran out.  

 

Diet

I have Hoshimoto’s Thyroiditis, and I know that I should be eating gluten-free and should really try to follow an auto-immune diet. I just don’t have enough motivation to stick with it! So, I would say my diet was maybe 70-80% Paleo on a good week. I would generally try to have a vegetable soup (pureed so I could sip it from a coffee cup) and bacon for breakfast. I would have real food for lunch and dinner, usually a protein and lots of veggies on the side. I would have my protein shake after workouts and as a mid-morning snack and then I would usually have a Kind bar, nuts, or fruit as an afternoon snack. I would sometimes also need another snack before dinner. I ate to be full, I did not starve myself because I knew my body needed extra calories for nursing and exercising. I did cheat, a lot more than I should have. I have a really bad sweet tooth and I love desert. If I could have stayed away from sweets, I know I could have lost a lot more weight. But, I am happy with the results I had and the occasional cheating I did. (Although my cheating has been just awful since my latest challenge ended!) I need to get back on my diet plan asap!

Results

 I would highly encourage you to take measurements and before and after pictures.  They really help you see the progress that you have made much more than the scale does!

  

  

  

 

 So, what is your workout routine? What keeps you motivated? What have your results been? I would love to hear your stories also!

 


Jamie Eason's Post-Pregnancy Fitness Trainer March 22 2015

If you can't tell from previous posts, I am passionate about working out and eating healthy.  I have been exercising and lifting weights since my youngest was 4 weeks old.  I have seen huge changes in my body since I started lifting weights regularly, and I am extremely happy with my weight-loss and inch-loss results from lifting weights. 

So, when I saw that Jamie Eason had come out with a Post-Pregnancy Fitness Trainer program on BodyBuilding.com, I knew I had to share it with you guys.  I have reviewed the program and I know that you guys will love it.

Program Highlights:

  • 3 Weeks of preparatory workouts
  • 12 Weeks of workouts
  • Nutrition Plan
  • Supplement Plan
  • Time management plan

I love that Jamie doesn't recommend a ton of supplements for nursing mothers.  She sticks with what I recommend in my previous posts in just recommending your prenatal vitamins and a protein supplement.  Her diet plan also looks to be focused on good, whole foods as well.  The caloric intake in the diet plan may be a little low for nursing moms.  I would recommend a minimum of 1800 calories per day for nursing moms, and then if you are working out and trying to build muscle, I would add another 300 calories to that for a total of 2100 calories per day. You also want to make sure that you are drinking plenty of water when you start working out.  I drink 8 oz of water before my workout, about 32 oz during my workout, and another 8 oz (with my protein powder) after my workout.  Staying hydrated is very important for maintaining your milk supply.

I did find it a little funny that she mentions not starting a fitness routine until your baby is sleeping through the night.  If I had waited for that, I still wouldn't be working out!

Head on over to the Body Building site to read all about Jamie Eason's Post-Pregnancy Fitness Trainer!

And, in case you missed my previous post, you can download the body space app from bodybuilding.com and add this workout to your calendar.  That will allow you to track your workouts on a daily basis and keep track of your progress and goals!

What are your fitness goals? What programs are you using right now?

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It Works Products and Breastfeeding February 23 2015 3 Comments

In my previous post titled Workout Supplements, Weight-Loss Supplements and Diet Supplements While Breastfeeding, I listed out many ingredients found in supplements and if they are or are not safe to take while breastfeeding. In this post, I will use that list to review It Works products. You can refer back to the first post for reasons why these ingredients are questionable or contraindicated.

When considering taking any supplements, it is important to consider how it will affect your nursing baby.  Water soluble vitamins are most likely to pass through your milk.  Water soluble vitamins include vitamin C and the B vitamins.  With Vitamin B6 in particular, it is important to avoid mega-doses (300-600 mg) as it may decrease milk production.  Other vitamins that may increase and decrease based on mother’s intake are Omega 3, iodine, and selenium.  Unabsorbed portions of vitamins and minerals can change the balance of bacteria in the infant’s gut, which gives harmful bacteria a chance to grow, which can cause harder and more odorous stools.

A note about skin care products: some people may try to tell you that it doesn’t matter what is in a skin care product because you aren’t ingesting it, but don’t be fooled.  Our skin is the largest organ of our body and studies have shown that it absorbs 65-100% of what we put on it.  This can be evidenced by medications given for topical application- birth control patch, nicotine patch, testosterone cream, etc.  So, if a product contains ingredients contraindicated for breastfeeding, it should not be used internally or topically.  You can read more about this topic and things to avoid putting on your skin here.

I would also like to add a note about the carb blockers or amylase inhibitors.  These products have not been studied in breastfeeding women and it is not known if they pass through the milk.  If they do pass through the milk, it would be assumed that they would have the same effect on the baby of blocking the absorption of carbs and fats in the intestine.  This would not be good for a baby because the baby needs all of the nutrients available in a mother's milk in order to grow and develop properly.

I want to remind you that I am not a medical professional and I am not an herbalist. Please use your discretion when considering taking any supplements while breastfeeding, and speak to your doctor if you have any concerns. It is my personal opinion that if a supplement has a lot of questionable ingredients, then it should likely be avoided, and if it has any contraindicated ingredients, then it should definitely be avoided.

I will add that I am not an It Works representative and I am not being reimbursed in any way for this review.

 

New Ingredients Found in It Works to Add to Master List:

Acai Fruit Extract (Euterpe Oleracea)- thought to aid in weight loss.  Lack of scientific evidence on use while breastfeeding (Acai, 2011).

Aloe- Rated C by The Nursing Mother’s Herbal.

Banaba Leaf- this is said to lower blood glucose and possibly help the body use insulin more efficiently.  Not much is known about using this while nursing (Web MD Banaba, 2015).

Bitter Melon Extract (Momordica Charantia)- Rated C by The Nursing Mother’s Herbal. This is considered a galactagogue.

Capsicum (Capsicum Annuum, Cayenne)- Rated B by The Nursing Mother’s Herbal.  Used to boost metabolism and burn fat.

Cascara Sagrada- rated B by The Nursing Mother’s Herbal.  This is an herb used for it’s laxative effects.  It is a stimulant laxative and has the potential for being abused and for causing long-term damage.

Cellulose- an insoluble substance that makes up plant cell walls and vegetable fibers such as cotton.

Chondroitin- a compound that is a major constituent of cartilage and connective tissue. The use of chondroitin by a nursing mother is unlikely to cause adverse effects in a nursing infant (Chondroitin, 2015).

Citrus Pectin- this is used in food as a gelling agent, a stabilizer and a source of dietary fiber. You can read more about it here.

Collagen (Type II)- this is thought to decrease the symptoms of arthritis.  It is likely safe while breastfeeding.

Croscarmellose Sodium- a matrix used to deliver drugs to the intestine.

Dandelion Root Extract (Taraxacum Officinalis)- leaf and flower are rated A by The Nursing Mother’s Herbal. Rhizome is rated B by The Nursing Mother’s Herbal. This is considered a galactagogue.

Dicalcium Phosphate- a form of calcium used in supplements.

Epimedium Grandiflorum (Horny Goat Weed)- This is used for mental and physical fatigue.  It contains phytoestrogens, chemicals that act like estrogen that might affect milk production.

Extramel (French Melon Fruit Extract)- this is thought to reduce stress and fatigue.  I couldn’t find any information on using this while nursing.  You can read more about it here.

Fennel- the seed is rated A by The Nursing Mother’s Herbal and it is considered a galactagogue. 

Ferulic Acid- an organic compound that comes from plant cell walls.

Frankincense- rated A by The Nursing Mother’s Herbal.

Gamma-Oryzanol- rice bran oil or rice bran wax. Information on safety during pregnancy and lactation is lacking.

Ginger- an herb, rated B by The Nursing Mother’s Herbal.

Glucosamine Sulfate- a naturally occurring chemical found in the body.  It is in the fluid that is around the joints.  It can also be found in shellfish. It is not likely to adversely affect the infant (Glucosamine, 2015).

Green Tea Leaf Extract- rated B by The Nursing Mother’s Herbal, listed as a stimulant due to the caffeine content.

Gymnema Leaf Extract (Gemnema Sylvestre)- Rated C by The Nursing Mother’s Herbal. This is considered a galactagogue.

Inulin (Chicory)- this is rated A by The Nursing Mother’s Herbal but it can be allergenic.

Jerusalem Artichoke- rated A by The Nursing Mother’s Herbal, and it is a galactagogue.

Magnesium Stearate- a salt form used for its lubricating properties for capsules and tablets.

Meadowsweet Herb- an herb used for colds, bronchitis, peptic ulcers, and to increase urine output.  Not much is known about using this herb while breastfeeding (Web MD Meadowsweet, 2015).

Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM)- a chemical found in plants, animals and humans.  It is used for chronic pain and joint inflammation.  Not much is known about its use while breastfeeding (MSM, 2015).

Microcrystalline Cellulose- a term for refined wood pulp and is used as a texturizer, an anti-caking agent, a fat substitute, an emulsifier, an extender, and a bulking agent in food production. The most common form is used in vitamin supplements or tablets.

Milk Thistle- an herb, rated A by The Nursing Mother’s Herbal, and it is a galactagogue.

Ne-Opuntia (Cactus Leaf)- this is a vegetable based fat blocker.  It blocks fat absorption in the intestines.  This is not in The Nursing Mother’s Herbal, but two places on the internet both say not to take while nursing.  You can see those Here and Here.

Pau D’Arco- this herb is used to treat a variety of infections.  Not much is known about the use of this herb while breastfeeding, but since WebMD says that it is possibly unsafe when used at normal doses and unsafe for pregnancy, I am listing it as contraindicated (Web MD Pau D’Arco, 2015).

Peppermint- the leaf is rated A by The Nursing Mother’s Herbal, peppermint oil is rated B by The Nursing Mother’s Herbal.  It is an anti-galactagogue, which means it may decrease milk supply.

Pterostilbene- a protective compound produced by small plants, and similar to resveratrol. I couldn't find any information on using this while breastfeeding, but you can read a study on it here.

Puncturevine (Tribulus terrestris)- this is an herb used to enhance mood, enhance athletic performance, and possibly to stimulate milk flow.  Other than the mention of stimulating milk flow in the article on WebMD, I could not find any information on the safety of using this while breastfeeding.

Quercetin- a yellow crystalline pigment present in plants, used as a food supplement to reduce allergic responses or boost immunity. This is rated L1-no data-compatible by Mommy Meds.

Raspberry (Rubus Idaeus)- Rated A by The Nursing Mother’s Herbal.  Used to increase metabolism and boost lean body mass.

Silica- a mineral, used as an anti-caking agent.

Soy- also soy protein isolate, and soy lecithin.  It’s a good idea to avoid large amounts of soy in your diet or eating it on a daily basis. You can read more about why here.

Stearic Acid- a solid saturated fatty acid obtained from animal or vegetable fat.

Turmeric- an herb that is rated B by The Nursing Mother’s Herbal.  It is a warming herb and is considered a galactagogue.

Velvet Bean Extract- this is rated C by The Nursing Mother’s Herbal and may be an anti-galactagogue because it can lower prolactin and increase testosterone.  You can read more about it here.

Wheat Amylase Inhibitor- Blocks the amylase enzyme, which breaks down carbohydrates, therefore blocking carbohydrate absorption.  There is no information available on the safety of using amylase inhibitors while breastfeeding (Amylase Inhibitors, 2011).

Yucca Root- rated A by The Nursing Mother’s Herbal.

 

It Works Products

 

Advanced Formula Fat Fighter

What it is for: blocks some of the fat and carbs from meals.

Ingredients Questionable for Breastfeeding:

  • Garcinia Cambogia
  • Green Tea Leaf Extract- Rated B by The Nursing Mother’s Herbal, stimulant
  • White Kidney Bean Extract
  • Bitter Melon Fruit- Rated C by The Nursing Mother’s Herbal
  • Gymnema Sylvestre- Rated C by The Nursing Mother’s Herbal
  • Banaba Leaf
  • Wheat Amylase Inhibitor

Ingredients Contraindicated for Breastfeeding:

  • NeOptuntia

 

    Confianza

    What it is for: anti-stress formula, improves mental focus and concentration.

    Ingredients Questionable for Breastfeeding:

    • Epimedium Grandiflorum Extract
    • Puncturevine (Tribulus terrestris)
    • Siberian Ginseng- Rated B by The Nursing Mother’s Herbal
    • Golden Root Extract (Rhodiola Rosea)- Rated B by The Nursing Mother’s Herbal

    Ingredients Contraindicated for Breastfeeding:

    • None Found

    Defining Gel

    What it is for: minimizes cellulite appearance.

    Ingredients Questionable for Breastfeeding:

    • Horse Chestnut- Rated B by The Nursing Mother’s Herbal
    • Centella Asiatica (Gotu Cola)- Rated B by The Nursing Mother’s Herbal, allergenic
    • Guarana Seed Extract- Rated B by The Nursing Mother’s Herbal, stimulant
    • Green Tea Extract- Rated B by The Nursing Mother’s Herbal, stimulant

    Ingredients Contraindicated for Breastfeeding:

    • Bladderwrack- on the list of herbs to avoid while breastfeeding
    • Rosemary Oil- Rated B by The Nursing Mother’s Herbal, may decrease milk supply
    • Eucalyptus Oil- Rated E by The Nursing Mother’s Herbal

    Greens

    What it is for: detoxify, energize and promote pH balance.

    Ingredients Questionable for Breastfeeding:

    • Soy Lecithin
    • Soy Protein Isolate
    • Eleuthero- Rated B by The Nursing Mother’s Herbal
    • Green Tea Leaf Extract- Rated B by The Nursing Mother’s Herbal, stimulant
    • Ginkgo Biloba- Rated B by The Nursing Mother’s Herbal, allergenic
    • Dulse- Rated B by The Nursing Mother’s Herbal
    • Aloe- Rated C by The Nursing Mother’s Herbal
    • Goldenseal- Rated C by The Nursing Mother’s Herbal
    • White Willow Bark- Rated B by The Nursing Mother’s Herbal, allergenic
    • Turmeric- Rated B by The Nursing Mother’s Herbal
    • Watercress- Rated C by The Nursing Mother’s Herbal
    • Meadowsweet

    Ingredients Contraindicated for Breastfeeding:

    • Black Walnut- on the list of herbs to avoid while breastfeeding
    • Parsley- Rated B by The Nursing Mother’s Herbal, and may lower supply
    • Rosemary- Rated B by The Nursing Mother’s Herbal, and may lower supply
    • Pau D’Arco

     

    Greens Chew

    What it is for: boosts your body’s natural defenses against free radical damage.

    Ingredients Questionable for Breastfeeding:

    • Acai
    • Extramel
    • Pterostilbene

    Ingredients Contraindicated for Breastfeeding:

    • None found

     

    It’s Essential Weight Loss Energy Bars

    What it is for: a treat filled with fiber, antioxidants, and omegas.

    Ingredients Questionable for Breastfeeding:

    • Soy Protein Isolate
    • SolaGrain
    • Soy Hull Fiber
    • Soy Lecithin

     

    It’s Vital Core Nutrition

    What it is for: multi-vitamin

    Ingredients Questionable for Breastfeeding:

    • Vitamin A- 200% RDA
    • Vitamin C- 583% RDA
    • Vitamin D- 250% RDA
    • Vitamin E- 333% RDA
    • Thiamin- 1667% RDA
    • Riboflavin- 1471% RDA
    • Niacin- 250% RDA
    • Vitamin B6- 1250% RDA
    • Vitamin B12- 5000% RDA
    • Pantothenic Acid- 500% RDA
    • Panax Ginseng Root- Rated B by The Nursing Mother’s Herbal
    • Eleuthero Root- Rated B by The Nursing Mother’s Herbal
    • Ginkgo Biloba- Rated B by The Nursing Mother’s Herbal
    • Rhodiola Rosea- Rated B by The Nursing Mother’s Herbal
    • Aloe
    • Dandelion Root- Rated B by The Nursing Mother’s Herbal
    • Cinnamon Bark- Rated B by The Nursing Mother’s Herbal
    • Green Tea Leaf Extract- Rated B by The Nursing Mother’s Herbal
    • Ginger Root- Rated B by The Nursing Mother’s Herbal
    • Cayenne Pepper- Rated B by The Nursing Mother’s Herbal
    • Reishi Mushroom- Rated B by The Nursing Mother’s Herbal, allergenic
    • Hawthorn Berry- Rated B by The Nursing Mother’s Herbal
    • Turmeric- Rated B by The Nursing Mother’s Herbal

    Ingredients Contraindicated for Breastfeeding:

    • Peppermint essential oil- may decrease supply

    It’s Vital Minerals

    What it is for: multi-mineral supplement

    Ingredients Questionable for Breastfeeding:

    • Vitamin D- 250% RDA
    • Selenium- 286% RDA
    • Chromium- 205% RDA

    Ingredients Contraindicated for Breastfeeding:

    • Peppermint Oil-may lower supply

     

    It’s Vital Omega-3

    What it is for: essential fatty acids Omega 3 Supplement

    Ingredients Questionable for Breastfeeding:

    • Rosemary Extract- Rated B by The Nursing Mother’s Herbal, possibly an anti-galactagogue

    Ingredients Contraindicated for Breastfeeding:

    • None found

     

    New You

    What it is for: stimulates natural production and release of HGH and boosts lean muscle mass.

    Ingredients Questionable for Breastfeeding:

    • Methylsulfonylmethane
    • Ginger Root
    • Gamma-Oryzanol
    • Vanadyl Sulfate (Vanadium)

    Ingredients Contraindicated for Breastfeeding:

    • Velvet Bean Extract

     

    Regular

    What it is for: promotes regular colon function and cleanses toxins from the colon.

    Ingredients Questionable for Breastfeeding:

    • Cascara Sagrada
    • Aloe
    • Ginger
    • Dandelion Root

    Ingredients Contraindicated for Breastfeeding:

    • Peppermint leaf- may decrease supply

     

    Relief

    What it is for: minor joint inflammation and stiffness.

    Ingredients Questionable for Breastfeeding:

    • Vitamin C- 170% RDA
    • Manganese- 250% RDA
    • Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM)

    Ingredients Contraindicated for Breastfeeding:

    • Glucosamine Sulfate- made from shellfish
    • Peppermint Oil- may decrease supply

     

    Stretch Mark Cream

    What it is for: lessens the appearance of stretch marks, fine lines, and scarring.

    Ingredients Questionable for Breastfeeding:

    • Aloe Leaf Extract- Rated C by The Nursing Mother’s Herbal
    • Centella Asiatica (Gotu Cola)- Rated B by The Nursing Mother’s Herbal, allergenic

    Ingredients Contraindicated for Breastfeeding:

    • Horsetail- on the list of herbs to avoid while breastfeeding.
    • Licorice Root- Rated B by The Nursing Mother’s Herbal, may lower milk supply

     

    Ultimate Body Applicator

    Ingredients Questionable for Breastfeeding:

    • Horse Chestnut- Rated B by The Nursing Mother’s Herbal
    • Centella Asiatica (Gotu Cola)- Rated B by The Nursing Mother’s Herbal, allergenic
    • Guarana Seed Extract- Rated B by The Nursing Mother’s Herbal, stimulant
    • Green Tea Extract- Rated B by The Nursing Mother’s Herbal, stimulant

    Ingredients Contraindicated for Breastfeeding:

    • Bladderwrack- on the list of herbs to avoid while breastfeeding
    • Horsetail- on the list of herbs to avoid while breastfeeding.
    • Rosemary Oil- Rated B by The Nursing Mother’s Herbal, may decrease milk supply
    • Eucalyptus Oil- Rated E by The Nursing Mother’s Herbal

     

    Ultimate Profit

    What it is for: Protein shake to aid in post-workout recovery and build lean muscle mass.

    Ingredients Questionable for Breastfeeding:

    • Maca
    • Bilberry Extract- Fruit Rated A but Leaf Rated C, not specified what is used in product.
    • Solagrain Plus-soy protein and soy hull fiber
    • Soy Protein Isolate

    Ingredients Contraindicated for Breastfeeding:

    • None found

     

    Ultimate Thermofit

    What it is for: boost metabolic rate, burn fat, reduce appetite.

    Ingredients Questionable for Breastfeeding:

    • Vitamin B12- 1670% RDA
    • Chromium- 170% RDA
    • Capsicum Fruit Extract- Rated B
    • Green Tea Extract- Rated B, stimulant
    • Guarana- Rated B, stimulant
    • Bitter Melon- Rated C
    • Gymnema Leaf Extract- Rated C

    Ingredients Contraindicated for Breastfeeding:

    • None Found

     

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    Workout, Weight-Loss and Diet Supplements While Breastfeeding

    Breastfeeding and Losing Weight

    Advocare Products and Breastfeeding

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    Resources:

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    Amylase Inhibitors. 2011.  Natural Standard.  http://www.naturalgrocery.com/ns/DisplayMonograph.asp?StoreID=heu5fkaq17s92nd700akhlbd34wud8vb&DocID=bottomline-amylaseinhibitors

    Chondroitin Levels and Effects While Breastfeeding. 2015. Drugs.com.  http://www.drugs.com/breastfeeding/chondroitin.html

    Glucosamine Use While Breastfeeding. 2015. Drugs.com.  http://www.drugs.com/breastfeeding/glucosamine.html

    Humphrey, S.  The Nursing Mother’s Herbal.  2003.  Fairview Press:  Minneapolis.

    Miles, M.; Lacan, D.; Brosse, H.; Desor, D.; Notin, C.  Effect of an Oral Supplementation With a Proprietary Melon Juice Concentrate (Extramel) on Stress and Fatigue in Healthy People: a pilot, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial.  2009.  Nutrition Journal.  http://www.nutritionj.com/content/8/1/40

    Web MD. Banaba.  2015.  Web MD. http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-1089-banaba.aspx?activeingredientid=1089&activeingredientname=banaba

    Web MD.  Horny Goat Weed.  2015. Web MD.  http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-699-epimedium.aspx?activeingredientid=699&activeingredientname=epimedium

    Web MD.  Meadowsweet.  2015.  Web MD.  http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-108-meadowsweet.aspx?activeingredientid=108&activeingredientname=meadowsweet

    Web MD.  MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane). 2015. Web MD.  http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-522-msm%20%28methylsulfonylmethane%29.aspx?activeingredientid=522&activeingredientname=msm%20%28methylsulfonylmethane%29

    Web MD.  Pau D’Arco. 2015.  Web MD.  http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-647-pau%20d%27arco.aspx?activeingredientid=647&activeingredientname=pau%20d%27arco

    Web MD. Tribulus.  2015. Web MD.  http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-39-puncture%20vine.aspx?activeingredientid=39&activeingredientname=puncture%20vine


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    Advocare Products and Breastfeeding February 13 2015

     

    In my previous post titled Workout Supplements, Weight-Loss Supplements and Diet Supplements While Breastfeeding, I listed out many ingredients found in supplements and if they are or are not safe to take while breastfeeding. In this post, I will use that list to review Advocare products. You can refer back to the first post for reasons why these ingredients are questionable or contraindicated.

    I want to remind you that I am not a medical professional and I am not an herbalist. Please use your discretion when considering taking any supplements while breastfeeding, and speak to your doctor if you have any concerns. It is my personal opinion that if a supplement has a lot of questionable ingredients, then it should likely be avoided, and if it has any contraindicated ingredients, then it should definitely be avoided.

    I will add that I am not an Advocare representative and I am not being reimbursed in any way for this review.

    Carb-Ease Plus

    What it is for: to inhibit the breakdown and absorption of carbohydrates.

    Ingredients Questionable for Breastfeeding:

    • White Kidney Bean Extract
    • Green Coffee Bean Extract

    Ingredients Contraindicated for Breastfeeding:

    • ID-aIG Extract-Brown Seaweed, could be Bladderwrack

     

    Catalyst

    What it is for: amino acid dietary supplement for maintaining muscle mass during exercise.

    Ingredients Questionable for Breastfeeding:

    • L-Glutamine-no recommended daily value to compare to
    • L-Arganine-no recommended daily value to compare to
    • Taurine-no recommended daily value to compare to

    Ingredients Contraindicated for Breastfeeding:

    • None found

     

    Coffeccino

    What it is for: Vitamin and nutrient supplement to enhance mental focus and alertness and manage appetite.

    Ingredients Questionable for Breastfeeding:

    • Vitamin B6- 2 mg over RDA
    • Pantothenic Acid- 3 mcg over RDA
    • Caffeine content not listed

    Ingredients Contraindicated for Breastfeeding:

    • None found

     

    Fibo-Trim

    What it is for: multinutrient and fiber supplement to aid in the elimination of fatty waste materials.

    Ingredients Questionable for Breastfeeding:

    • Beta-Sitosterol
    • Odorless Garlic- Rated B by The Nursing Mother’s Herbal
    • Taurine-no RDA to compare to

    Ingredients Contraindicated for Breastfeeding:

    • Chitosan-made from shellfish, so high likelihood of allergic reaction

     

    Lept-Lean

    What it is for: herbal, mineral dietary supplement, helps with appetite control.

    Ingredients Questionable for Breastfeeding:

    • Blue-Green Algae
    • Biotin-RDA is 35 mcg and this contains 1000 mcg
    • Pomegranate Extract
    • EGCG- Rated B by The Nursing Mother’s Herbal, caffeine content unknown
    • Cat’s Claw Extract- Rated C by The Nursing Mother’s Herbal

    Ingredients Contraindicated for Breastfeeding:

    • Pomegranate Extract- some parts rated E by The Nursing Mother’s Herbal

     

    Nighttime Recovery

    What it is for: amino acid and herbal supplement for enhancing muscle growth repair and recovery

    Ingredients Questionable for Breastfeeding:

    • L-Arganine-no known RDA for comparison
    • L-Ornithine- no known RDA for comparison
    • Maca Root
    • Vanadium-well under the 1800 mcg per day recommendation
    • Ashwagandha Extract- Rated C by The Nursing Mother’s Herbal
    • Wild Yam Extract- Rated B by The Nursing Mother’s Herbal
    • Eleuthero Extract- Rated B by The Nursing Mother’s Herbal

    Ingredients Contraindicated for Breastfeeding:

    • None Found

     

    Rehydrate Electrolyte Replacement Drink

    What it is for: helps the body stay hydrated during physical activity.

    Ingredients Questionable for Breastfeeding:

    • Beet-Root Extract
    • Sustamine
    • L-Arginine
    • Sucralose
    • Vitamin C-over RDA

    Ingredients Contraindicated for Breastfeeding:

    • None found

     

    Advocare Slam

    What it is for: liquid vitamin and amino acid supplement

    Ingredients Questionable for Breastfeeding:

    • Vitamin B6- 500% RDA
    • Vitamin B12-8333% RDA
    • Pantothenic Acid- 200% RDA
    • Taurine- No RDA for comparison
    • Glycine- No RDA for comparison

    Ingredients Contraindicated for Breastfeeding:

    • None found

     

    Advocare Slim

    What it is for: vitamin and herbal supplement for weight-loss

    Ingredients Questionable for Breastfeeding:

    • Biotin- well over the 35 mcg RDA
    • Chromium- well over the 45 mcg RDA
    • Garcinia Cambogia
    • Taurine- no RDA for comparison
    • Green Coffee Extract
    • Sucralose

    Ingredients Contraindicated for Breastfeeding:

    • None found

     

    Advocare Spark Energy

    What it is for: vitamin and amino acid supplement for enhanced energy and focus.

    Ingredients Questionable for Breastfeeding:

    • Vitamin C-300% RDA
    • Thiamin- 200% RDA
    • Riboflavin- 200% RDA
    • Niacin-300% RDA
    • Vitamin B6- 750% RDA
    • Vitamin B12- 750% RDA
    • Pantothenic Acid- 500% RDA
    • Taurine- no RDA for comparison
    • Glycine- no RDA for comparison
    • GABA- no RDA for comparison

    Ingredients Contraindicated for Breastfeeding:

    • None found

     

    ThermoPlus

    What it is for: helps stimulate metabolism.

    Ingredients Questionable for Breastfeeding:

    • Thiamin-200% RDA
    • Oolong Tea Extract-caffeine content unknown

    Ingredients Contraindicated for Breastfeeding:

    • Sage Extract-will lower milk supply

     

    V16

    What it is for: caffeine-free source of energy, vitamin and herbal supplement.

    Ingredients Questionable for Breastfeeding:

    • Golden Root Extract (Rhodiola Rosea)- Rated B by The Nursing Mother’s Herbal
    • Luzea Extract

    Ingredients Contraindicated for Breastfeeding:

    • None found

    Content and information on Midland Lactation Supplies is provided for informational purposes only. It is not meant to substitute the advice provided by one's physician or any other medical professional. You should not use the information contained herein for diagnosing or treating a health problem or disease, or prescribing medication. If you have or suspect that you have a medical problem, immediately contact your health care provider. Information and statements regarding dietary supplements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. While we work extremely hard to ensure that all product information is correct, manufacturers sometimes change their logos, packaging and products. You should use our site as a reference, carefully read all product packaging, and contact the manufacturer with any questions before using a product. We are not liable for inaccuracies or misstatements about products.

    Other Posts in This Series:

    Workout, Weight-Loss and Diet Supplements While Breastfeeding

    Breastfeeding and Losing Weight

    Advocare Products and Breastfeeding

    It Works Products and Breastfeeding

     


    Workout, Weight-Loss and Diet Supplements While Breastfeeding February 11 2015

    Part 1

    In my post on Breastfeeding and Losing Weight, I mention in the supplements section that many supplements just aren’t safe to take while nursing. I thought I would explore that subject a bit more for those who are interested (including me). This post will cover some of the basics of supplementing for working out and weight loss and will list the main ingredients I have found in supplements.

    I want to emphasize that I am not a medical professional, I am not an herbalist, and all of my research comes from the internet and other books, and may not be 100% accurate due to the source (i.e. the internet is not always accurate). I will list my sources with each post so you can do your own research as well. This is meant to be a basic list of ingredients with their uses and safety for breastfeeding moms.

    This post will be followed by posts on popular supplement brands. I will list popular products made by those brands and will list only the questionable ingredients and ingredients you should not take as a nursing mother. This will help you to make your decisions on what supplements you should or should not take while nursing. If you should decide to take something, it is always a good idea to speak with your doctor about it first.

    Workout Supplement Basics

    Pre-Workout- Used to boost your energy and endurance, increase strength, boost muscle growth and burn body fat. It also increases your ‘pump’. Usually includes amino acids, BCAA’s (Branch Chain Amino Acids), and caffeine.

    BCAA’s- (Branch Chain Amino Acids) includes 3 amino acids Leucine, Isoleucine and Valine. These aid in muscle growth, increase energy and stop fatigue. BCAA’s go directly into the blood stream. They are burned for energy during exercise. They lower lactate levels after weight training. They aid in muscle growth, decrease muscle damage and improve recovery. BCAA’s are important to take during or after workouts in addition to a carb like Maltodextrin and a protein. Leucine is the most important BCAA with a recommended daily intake of 1-4g per day, but for athletes this could be as much as 12 g per day for optimum muscle growth. All animal protein sources contain a complete and high level of BCAA’s. You can find more info HERE. If you eat a varied diet and plenty of protein then you likely don’t need to supplement with BCAA’s. You can find a good explanation of that here.

    Post-Workout Recovery- Usually includes amino acids, BCAA’s , and a carbohydrate like Maltodextrin and possibly protein, but protein can also be taken separately. A post-workout supplement is taken to increase muscle growth and aide in recovery. A carbohydrate drives the BCAA’s into the blood stream to aid in recovery. Both protein and carbohydrates are important after a workout to stimulate protein synthesis and suppress protein breakdown. This should be taken within 30-60 minutes of your workout.

    Amino Acids

    As you can see, all three of these supplements contain essential amino acids and BCAA’s. Most sites I have come across have not recommended taking BCAA’s while breastfeeding. However, this is stated simply because they have not been studied in pregnant and nursing women. Essential amino acids, non-essential amino acids, conditional amino acids and BCAA’s are all found readily in the proteins that we eat. Since they are a naturally occurring nutrient, it stands to reason that they are safe to consume in reasonable quantities. When pregnant and lactating you have a naturally higher need for amino acids. So, while it might not be a good idea to consume all 3 of these supplements while nursing, consuming one or consuming a protein supplement that includes naturally occurring amino acids and BCAA’s after a workout is not likely to harm you or your baby. Look for a supplement with 5g or less of amino acids and one that includes a wide range of amino acids so that you aren’t throwing off your amino acid balance.

    Caffeine

    Most breastfeeding mothers can have caffeine in moderation. The upper limit suggestion ranges from 300 mg to 700 mg per day. Premature and very young infants tend to have more problems with mom’s intake of caffeine. According to Kellymom.com milk levels are .06-1.5% of the mother’s dose of caffeine and they peak 1-2 hours after ingestion (Bonyata, 2011). The following chart shows the half-life of caffeine.

     

    As you can see, somewhere between 4 and 9 months most babies can more easily process caffeine. My husband’s pre-workout supplement contains 300 mg of caffeine (equivalent to approximately 3 cups of coffee). You can see how taking a pre-workout may cause some problems in babies sensitive to caffeine. However, if your baby is not sensitive to caffeine or you have an older baby, then taking a pre-workout after nursing your baby and before working out may be ok for you.

    If you want to know about how much caffeine you are taking in on a daily basis, you can use the following chart.

     

                                                   

    Vitamins and Minerals

    The following chart lists vitamins, minerals and amino acids commonly in supplements. You will see the Recommended Daily Intake as well as the Upper Limit for daily intake. It is a good idea to try to stay around the RDA for your vitamin intake on a daily basis. Continually supplementing with extremely high doses of some vitamins can cause health problems. According to this article on WebMD the vitamins most likely to cause an issue when continually taken at high doses are Vitamin D, Calcium and Folic Acid. While you might not be taking a large dose of a vitamin in any one supplement, it is important to consider that the total dosage in multiple supplements may be too much.

     

    Herbs

    The Nursing Mother’s Herbal will be used extensively in my references. The safety ratings used by the Nursing Mother’s Herbal are A, B, C, D, and E. They indicate the degree of caution required for each herb.

    A- No contraindications, side-effects, drug interactions, or pregnancy-related safety issues have been     identified. Generally considered safe when used appropriately.

    B- May not be appropriate for self-use by some individuals or dyads, or may cause adverse effects if misused. Seek reliable safety and dose information.

    C- Moderate potential for toxicity, mainly dose related. Seek an expert herbalist as well as a lactation consultation before using. Consider using safer herbs.

    D- Use only with supervision of a knowledgeable physician. Consult with a lactation specialist before use. These herbs are used to make prescription medications. The pharmaceutical forms may be safer in most instances, but not always. Do not use these herbs without the guidance of a supervising physician. Consider using safer herbs.

    E- Avoid. This is a toxic plant with no justifiable medical use.

    (Humphrey, 2003)

    There are a significant amount of unknowns when it comes to herb usage during lactation. You should consider limiting your use of herbs, medications, and supplements to situations where the benefit of the family clearly exceeds the risk to your infant. Herbs, although natural, can still be very powerful. Care must be taken when considering taking herbal supplements. Variables to consider include your health, your baby’s health, medication interactions, and baby’s age. Should you have any doubts about a certain supplement, you should seek your doctor’s approval or follow your mommy gut and avoid usage.

     

     

    Complete List of Ingredients in Alphabetical Order

    Acai Fruit Extract (Euterpe Oleracea)- thought to aid in weight loss.  Lack of scientific evidence on use while breastfeeding (Acai, 2011).

    Aloe- Rated C by The Nursing Mother’s Herbal.

    Ascorbic Acid- Vitamin C

    Ashwagandha (withania)- this herb helps with stress, fatigue, and lack of energy.  It is a galactagogue, but is rated C by The Nursing Mother’s Herbal.  You can read more here and here.

    Banaba Leaf- this is said to lower blood glucose and possibly help the body use insulin more efficiently.  Not much is known about using this while nursing (Web MD Banaba, 2015).

    Beet-Root Extract- This is used to enhance physical performance.  It also helps with recovery from stress during exercise (Web MD, Beetroot).  No information found on use during lactation.

    Beta-Carotene- Beta-carotene is one of a group of red, orange, and yellow pigments called carotenoids. Beta-carotene and other carotenoids provide approximately 50% of the vitamin A needed in the American diet.  Normal doses are likely safe during pregnancy and breastfeeding (Beta-Carotene).

    Betaine- A crystalline compound found in many plant juices.  Likely used as a preservative.

    Beta-Sitosterol- A substance found in plants and used to make medicine.  Used to reduce pain and swelling after workouts.  Likely safe for most people when taken by mouth.  Dosing ranges from 60mg-800mg 2-6 times a day.  There is not enough known about use during pregnancy and breastfeeding.  (Web MD).  Mommy Meds rates this as L1-Not enough data-Compatible.

    Bitter Melon Extract (Momordica Charantia)- Rated C by The Nursing Mother’s Herbal. This is considered a galactagogue.

    Blue Green Algae- Plant like organisms found in salt water and some fresh water lakes.  These are used for a variety of different conditions including weight loss, ADD, stress, fatigue, and PMS.  Not enough is known about the use of Blue Green Algae during lactation so you may want to avoid use (Web MD).

    Brown Seaweed- There are two types of brown seaweed, Fucus vesiculosus or Bladderwrack and Laminaria japonica.  Bladderwrack is on the list of herbs to avoid during lactation.  This should be avoided if it does not list the species of brown seaweed used.  More information on brown seaweed can be found here.

    Capsicum (Capsicum Annuum, Cayenne)- Rated B by The Nursing Mother’s Herbal.  Used to boost metabolism and burn fat.

    Carrageenan-A substance extracted from red and purple seaweeds and used as a thickening agent or emulsifier in food products.

    Cascara Sagrada- rated B by The Nursing Mother’s Herbal.  This is an herb used for it’s laxative effects.  It is a stimulant laxative and has the potential for being abused and for causing long-term damage.

    Cat’s Claw Extract- Rated C by The Nursing Mother’s Herbal.  This is used to boost the immune system, kill cancer and fight viruses. You can read more here.

    Cellulose- an insoluble substance that makes up plant cell walls and vegetable fibers such as cotton.

    Cellulose Gum- An emulsifier derived from the cell walls of woody plants, usually trees and cotton.

    Chitosan- Chitosan is a sugar that is obtained from the hard outer skeleton of shellfish, including crab, lobster, and shrimp.  There is no information about the use of chitosan while breastfeeding. You can read more here and here.

    Chondroitin- a compound that is a major constituent of cartilage and connective tissue. The use of chondroitin by a nursing mother is unlikely to cause adverse effects in a nursing infant (Chondroitin, 2015).

    Citric Acid (Sodium Citrate)- used as a food additive, usually for flavor or as a preservative.  This can interact with many medications.  You can read more here

    Citrus Pectin- this is used in food as a gelling agent, a stabilizer and a source of dietary fiber. You can read more about it here.

    Collagen (Type II)- this is thought to decrease the symptoms of arthritis.  It is likely safe while breastfeeding.

    Croscarmellose Sodium- a matrix used to deliver drugs to the intestine.

    Dandelion Root Extract (Taraxacum Officinalis)- leaf and flower are rated A by The Nursing Mother’s Herbal. Rhizome is rated B by The Nursing Mother’s Herbal. This is considered a galactagogue.

    Dicalcium Phosphate- a form of calcium used in supplements.

    EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate)- This comes from green tea.  It is used to boost metabolism and help burn fat.  It has many health benefits and is generally considered very good for you.  Green tea is rated B by The Nursing Mother’s Herbal, however it can be a mild stimulant due to the caffeine, and EGCG is a much more concentrated form of green tea.  You may want to use caution with this supplement.

    Eleuthero (Siberian Ginseng)- an herb used to improve athletic performance.  This herb is rated B by The Nursing Mother’s Herbal.  You can read more about this herb here.

    Epimedium Grandiflorum (Horny Goat Weed)- This is used for mental and physical fatigue.  It contains phytoestrogens, chemicals that act like estrogen that might affect milk production.

    Extramel (French Melon Fruit Extract)- this is thought to reduce stress and fatigue.  I couldn’t find any information on using this while nursing.  You can read more about it here.

    Fennel- the seed is rated A by The Nursing Mother’s Herbal and it is considered a galactagogue. 

    Ferulic Acid- an organic compound that comes from plant cell walls.

    Frankincense- rated A by The Nursing Mother’s Herbal.

    Fructose- A hexose sugar found especially in honey and fruit.

    GABA (Gamma-Amino Butyric Acid)- an amino acid which acts as a neurotransmitter in the central nervous system. It inhibits nerve transmission in the brain, calming nervous activity. It is also touted as increasing Human Growth Hormone levels and is popular among body builders. The published research supporting any of these promotional claims is weak. Current medical opinion says that GABA taken as a supplement does not reach the brain and has no effect or benefit aside from being a benign placebo.  It has not been studied on pregnant or nursing women, however it is non-toxic and generally considered safe.  Studies that have been done used a dosage of 3g-18g per day.  Information found Here.

    Gamma-Oryzanol- rice bran oil or rice bran wax. Information on safety during pregnancy and lactation is lacking.

    Garcinia Cambogia- Used to prevent fat storage and control appetite.  Garcinia Cambogia has not been studied for use during breastfeeding.  You can read more here and here.

    Garlic- garlic has a wide variety of uses.  It is antibacterial, antiviral and anti-fungal.  It can also be used to control blood sugar.  The Nursing Mother’s Herbal rates Garlic as a B.  It is a galactagogue and is allergenic (Humphrey, 2003).

    Ginger- an herb, rated B by The Nursing Mother’s Herbal.

    Glucosamine Sulfate- a naturally occurring chemical found in the body.  It is in the fluid that is around the joints.  It can also be found in shellfish. It is not likely to adversely affect the infant (Glucosamine, 2015).

    Glucuronolactone- is a naturally occurring chemical that is an important structural component of nearly all connective tissues.  Glucuronolactone is metabolized to glucaric acid, xylitol, and L-xylulose, and humans may also be able to use glucuronolactone as a precursor for ascorbic acid synthesis.  The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has concluded that exposure to glucuronolactone from regular consumption of energy drinks is not a safety concern.  Additional information can be found here.

    Glycine- This is an amino acid.  Not much is known about use during lactation (Web MD, Glycine).

    Green Coffee Beans (Green Coffee Extract)-  used for weight loss.  Thought to affect how the body handles blood sugar and metabolism.  This does contain caffeine.   No information found on use of green coffee beans or extract while breastfeeding.  You can read more about this here.

    Green Tea Leaf Extract- rated B by The Nursing Mother’s Herbal, listed as a stimulant due to the caffeine content.

    Guarana- used for weight loss and to enhance athletic performance.  It is rated B by The Nursing Mother’s Herbal and is listed as a stimulant due to the caffeine content.  It is likely safe when taken in small amounts (no more than 200 mg) (Web MD, Guarana).

    Gymnema Leaf Extract (Gemnema Sylvestre)- Rated C by The Nursing Mother’s Herbal. This is considered a galactagogue.

    Hydrochloride-A salt resulting from the reaction of hydrochloric acid with an organic acid.

    Inositol- also known as Myo-Inositol or d-chiro-inositol.  It is part of the B-vitamin complex.  It is found in lecithin and helps to emulsify fats.  It is taken by women with PCOS to help with insulin resistance.  Many of them take it while pregnant and breastfeeding.  We get about 1g of inositol daily in the food we eat. There is no RDA for it since it is also made in our bodies.  A therapeutic dose starts around 500 mg per day, and I read here that it should also be taken with choline and other B Vitamins.  Here’s a link to an article written by Well-Rounded Mama on PCOS and Insulin Resistance.

    Inulin (Chicory)- this is rated A by The Nursing Mother’s Herbal but it can be allergenic.

    Jerusalem Artichoke- rated A by The Nursing Mother’s Herbal, and it is a galactagogue.

    L-Arganine- An amino acid used to improve athletic performance.  Not much is known about use during lactation (Web MD, L-Arganine).

    L-Carnitine- Also known as L-tartrate, Propionyl-L-Carnitine, Acetyl L-Carnitine, acetylcarnitine or ALCAR, is used as a fat burner.  It will enhance energy during workouts and muscle recovery after workouts.  Jim Stoppani, PhD recommends that body builders take 2-3 g per dose with 30-40g carbs and 20-40g protein preferable with a meal (Andrews).  It can be taken before or after workouts. Information found Here.  L-Carnitine is possibly safe for breastfeeding mothers (Web MD, L-Carnitine).

    Locust Bean Gum- Also known as carob bean gum is derived from the beans of a carob tree.  This is a food additive used to thicken, stabilize or emulsify.  It is generally considered safe (Kresser).

    L-Ornithine- This is an amino acid.  It is made in the body.  It is used for improving athletic performance.  No information found on use of this amino acid during lactation (Web MD, Ornithine).

    Leuzea Extract (Rhaponticum Carthamoides)- This is not found in The Nursing Mother’s Herbal.  It is an herb used to increase muscle mass (Luzea Root Review Article). No info found on use while breastfeeding.

    Maca- a plant used to enhance energy, stamina, and physical performance.  Not much is known about the use of Maca while breastfeeding, I also could not find it in The Nursing Mother’s Herbal or on infant risk (Web MD, Maca).

    Magnesium Stearate- a salt form used for its lubricating properties for capsules and tablets.

    Malic Acid- A crystalline acid present in unripe apples and other fruits.  Likely used as a preservative.

    Maltodextrine- a sweetener that comes from treated grain starch.  This is basically a corn syrup solid that has been hydrolyzed to contain less than 20% sugar.  It gives fat-like body to food products, increases their shelf life and mixes well with other ingredients.  It has a glycemic index of 130, this means that it goes through the digestive system quickly.  This is good after a workout because it will get energy and proteins to the muscles quickly (Olsen, 2012).

    Meadowsweet Herb- an herb used for colds, bronchitis, peptic ulcers, and to increase urine output.  Not much is known about using this herb while breastfeeding (Web MD Meadowsweet, 2015).

    Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM)- a chemical found in plants, animals and humans.  It is used for chronic pain and joint inflammation.  Not much is known about its use while breastfeeding (MSM, 2015).

    Microcrystalline Cellulose- a term for refined wood pulp and is used as a texturizer, an anti-caking agent, a fat substitute, an emulsifier, an extender, and a bulking agent in food production. The most common form is used in vitamin supplements or tablets.

    Milk Thistle- an herb, rated A by The Nursing Mother’s Herbal, and it is a galactagogue.

    Naringin Extract (Grapefruit Seed Extract)- Rated A by The Nursing Mother’s Herbal.  Is allergenic.  It is used as a weight-loss supplement.

    Ne-Opuntia (Cactus Leaf)- this is a vegetable based fat blocker.  It blocks fat absorption in the intestines.  This is not in The Nursing Mother’s Herbal, but two places on the internet both say not to take while nursing.  You can see those Here and Here.

    Oat (Oat Straw)- also known as avena sativa.  This is rated A by The Nursing Mother’s Herbal and it is considered a galactagogue.  This is used to improve circulation, and to help with cramps, swelling and inflammation.

    Oolong Tea- comes from the same plant used to make black tea and green tea.  Oolong tea is partially fermented.  It does contain caffeine. It is used to sharpen thinking skills and improve mental alertness.  This is likely safe to take while breastfeeding if you have less than 2 cups per day, which would contain about 200 mg of caffeine (Web MD, Oolong Tea).

    Pau D’Arco- this herb is used to treat a variety of infections.  Not much is known about the use of this herb while breastfeeding, but since WebMD says that it is possibly unsafe when used at normal doses and unsafe for pregnancy, I am listing it as contraindicated (Web MD Pau D’Arco, 2015).

    Peppermint- the leaf is rated A by The Nursing Mother’s Herbal, peppermint oil is rated B by The Nursing Mother’s Herbal.  It is an anti-galactagogue, which means it may decrease milk supply.

    Polydextrose- A synthetic polymer of glucose.  It is classified as a soluble fiber and is used to increase the non-dietary fiber content of food, replace sugar, and to reduce calories and fat content (Wikipedia, 2014).

    Pomegranate Extract- While a pomegranate fruit is perfectly safe to eat, extracts can be much more concentrated, therefore it is not known if this is safe during breastfeeding.  It also depends on what the extract is made from.  The stem bark, root, and root bark are rated E by The Nursing Mother’s Herbal and should be avoided (Humphrey, 2003).

    Potassium Citrate- Used for preventing kidney stones.  It is an alkalinizing agent.  You can read more here.

    Potassium Chloride- A mineral found in many foods.  It is unknown if potassium chloride will pass through breast milk.  You can read more here.

    Psyllium Husk Powder- this is a fiber used to aid in bowel movements.  It increases bulk in the stool, making it easier to pass.  This should be safe to take while breastfeeding.  Information found here and here.

    Pterostilbene- a protective compound produced by small plants, and similar to resveratrol. I couldn’t find any information on using this while breastfeeding, but you can read a study on it here.

    Puncturevine (Tribulus terrestris)- this is an herb used to enhance mood, enhance athletic performance, and possibly to stimulate milk flow.  Other than the mention of stimulating milk flow in the article on WebMD, I could not find any information on the safety of using this while breastfeeding.

    Pyroxidine Hydrochloride- Vitamin B6.  This is likely safe for breastfeeding women when taken in amounts less than 2 mg per day (Web MD, Pyroxidine).

    Quercetin- a yellow crystalline pigment present in plants, used as a food supplement to reduce allergic responses or boost immunity. This is rated L1-no data-compatible by Mommy Meds.

    Raspberry (Rubus Idaeus)- Rated A by The Nursing Mother’s Herbal.  Used to increase metabolism and boost lean body mass.

    Rhodiola Rosea- Rated B in The Nursing Mother’s Herbal.  This is a tonic herb said to fight fatigue and prevent infections (Life Script).

    Saw Palmetto- an herb used for inflammation.  Rated A by The Nursing Mother’s Herbal

    Schisandra Extract (Schisandra chenesis or Wu wei zi)- Rated A in The Nursing Mother’s Herbal.  Used for increasing energy, physical performance and endurance (Web MD).

    Silica- a mineral, used as an anti-caking agent.

    Silicon Dioxide- A trace mineral necessary for healthy bones, skin, hair and nails.  Often added to processed foods to keep them fresh.

    Sodium Chloride- table salt.

    Soy- also soy protein isolate, and soy lecithin.  It’s a good idea to avoid large amounts of soy in your diet or eating it on a daily basis. You can read more about why here.

    Soy Lecithin- A food additive used as an emulsifier, found in most processed foods.

    Stearic Acid- a solid saturated fatty acid obtained from animal or vegetable fat.

    Stinging Nettle- may also be called nettle.  It is an herb used for many things.  In diet supplements it is likely used for the diuretic properties.  This is rated A by The Nursing Mother’s Herbal and is a galactagogue.

    Sucralose- An artificial sweetener, also known as Splenda.  You can read about the dangers of sucralose here.

    Sustamine- (Also known as L-Alanyl, L-Alanine, or L-Glutamine)  This is a combination of the amino acids L-Alanine and L-Glutamine.  It is used to replenish, recover and rehydrate after workouts.  See the section on Amino Acids for more information.

    Taurine- an amino acid, used to increase athletic performance.  Not much is known about use during lactation (Web MD, Taurine).

    Turmeric- an herb that is rated B by The Nursing Mother’s Herbal.  It is a warming herb and is considered a galactagogue.

    Vandium- a mineral used for improving athletic performance in weight lifting.  Web MD recommends less than 1.8 mg per day for adults and limiting to food intake in breastfeeding women (Web MD, Vanadium). 

    Velvet Bean Extract- this is rated C by The Nursing Mother’s Herbal and may be an anti-galactagogue because it can lower prolactin and increase testosterone.  You can read more about it here.

    Wheat Amylase Inhibitor- Blocks the amylase enzyme, which breaks down carbohydrates, therefore blocking carbohydrate absorption.  There is no information available on the safety of using amylase inhibitors while breastfeeding (Amylase Inhibitors, 2011).

    White Kidney Bean Extract- this is used as a starch blocker.  They work by blocking amylase, the enzyme responsible for breaking down carbohydrates.  Carbohydrates that are not broken down, cannot be absorbed through the intestine.  The effects of this are unknown while breastfeeding, you may want to consult your doctor (Busch, 2014).

    Wild Yam Root- an herb used for relaxing muscles, soothing nerves and relieving pain.  It is rated B by The Nursing Mother’s Herbal.  You can read more about wild yam here

    Xanthan Gum- A substance produced by bacterial fermentation or synthetically, and used in foods as a gelling agent or thickener.

    Yucca Root- rated A by The Nursing Mother’s Herbal.

    If you have any evidence for or against any of these ingredients, please post in the comments or email me at midlandlactationsupplies@outlook.com.  I will be adding to this list as I look at ingredients in various supplements that I will review in this series, but if you have an ingredient you would like me to look at, you can comment that as well.  Look forward to hearing your feedback!

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    Breastfeeding and Losing Weight

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    It Works Products and Breastfeeding

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    Herb Lore Products February 04 2015

    I am very excited to announce that I will now be carrying Herb Lore products!  All of Herb Lore's products are made by a certified Herbalist trained in Midwifery and Lactation.  All of their products are organic and of the highest quality.  Products that I will be carrying to increase milk supply are Alfalfa, Blessed Thistle, Fennel, Fenugreek, Goat's Rue, and Nursing Tincture.  I will also be carrying Cold and Flu Tincture and Echinacea for when you are sick, and Goodnight Combo to help you sleep.  I will also have Poke Root which can be used to treat Mastitis and Sage to help with over supply or drying up your milk.  All products can be found on the website under Supplements.
     


     

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    The Evolution of Our Co-Sleeping Arrangement January 20 2015

     

    My oldest is adopted, and when she was a baby, I was under the impression that co-sleeping was dangerous. We weren’t allowed to do it with her, but I did a couple of times in desperation. With my second, I wanted to co-sleep because I was planning on breastfeeding and knew it would be easier. At that time, my husband was still of the mindset that co-sleeping wasn’t a good thing to do. So, he slept in a bassinet until he out-grew it and then went to his crib. However, he did sleep with us a lot when I couldn’t get him back to sleep at night.

    With my third, I was dead-set on breastfeeding and bed-sharing. My husband was actually for it this time, so I was hopeful that everything would work out great. I did a lot of reading on breastfeeding while I was pregnant with my third, and there were many reasons that I wanted to bed-share.  

    Why I Wanted to Bed-Share

    First, we have a very small 3 bed-room house and he was going to be our 3rd child. There was not a room for him to sleep in. So, he was going to have to sleep in our room. Also, my husband works crazy hours and doesn’t like to be woken up, and neither do my kids. Since we have a small house, any amount of crying at night would have woken everyone! I knew it would be much easier to just sit up and feed him rather than getting up and all. I had read about how breastfeeding moms who bed-share tend to sync sleep cycles with their babies so that once you get the hang of side-lying nursing, many times you don’t even fully wake up when baby wakes up to feed. I also worry about SIDS , as many new moms do, and I had read that your breathing stimulates baby to keep breathing. I had read an interesting little quote when I was reading about bed-sharing. I don’t remember where I read it, but it really had a lasting impact on me. The person said it is lonely to sleep alone; even adults don’t sleep alone. Those statements really made me reconsider making my children sleep alone. It also gave me perspective as to why my 3 year old had wanted to sleep with us a lot lately.

    The First Arrangement

    The first night our baby was in this world, I had a little co-sleeper thing that was supposed to go in between my husband and I for baby to sleep in. I put him in it, but I woke up once to him coughing and choking on fluid and decided I wasn’t going to let him sleep that far away from me anymore (that was about 6 in!) So, I cuddled him up and slept with him right next to me and his head on my arm. I put his head on my arm so that I would always know where his head was and didn’t have to worry about him rolling into me. I felt that was the safest way to sleep since he was so tiny, and I tend to have a bit of a dip in my bed.

    The Second Arrangement

    This worked great until baby started rolling and getting more mobile. Then I started worrying about him rolling off the bed. I also read a book on helping babies to sleep better and thought I would try to get him to sleep in his crib when I first put him down at night to see if he would sleep better. So, we put the crib next to our bed in a side-car position. In this arrangement, you take the front of the crib off and place it flush with the bed. Although the baby never slept in the crib, I did like having it there because I never had to worry about him rolling off the bed in that direction when I would get up in the mornings. I continued to nurse him to sleep at night and would get up after he went to sleep at this stage. I was also able to get up in the mornings without waking him up, giving me some time to get ready.

    The Third Arrangement

    I never worried about Caiden crawling off the bed at night or in the mornings because I was always there to watch him. At nap times, he would usually make noise like whining or crying when he woke up, so I was able to get to him before he started crawling. But, at some point, he stopped making noise when he would wake up from his naps, and we didn’t have a baby monitor. One day he woke up and didn’t make any noise until he fell of the bed and started screaming! At that point I decided we needed to change something for naps. We moved the crib out of the room and put an extra twin mattress and box spring on the floor next to our bed. We put that in the corner of the room and then pushed the bed up next to it. There was still about a 12 in difference between our bed and the twin bed, but I could comfortably get him to sleep for naps and bed time on the twin mattress. I also got a baby monitor so that I could shut the bedroom door when he was sleeping and still hear him. Shutting the door to his (our) room has really helped a lot with getting him to nap longer since we have two loud, older kids in the house.

    Fundamentals of Our Bed Sharing

    Some people think that if you bed share then baby must go to bed when you go to bed and get up when you get up, but that’s not true. For us, since I read The No Cry Sleep Solution, we worked on a bed time routine and getting him to sleep around 8 pm. I found that seemed to be the time he was ready to go to sleep and wouldn’t fight it. So, I nurse him to sleep around 8 on the twin mattress next to our bed. Sometimes he wakes up 1-3 times before I go to bed and sometimes he is still asleep when I go to bed. I have yet to be able to go to sleep with him not with me though. For some reason, I just can’t sleep unless we are in our usual position.

    In the mornings, I get up at 5:30. I am usually able to slide my arm out from under him without waking him and then I get up and get ready. He usually doesn’t wake up until about 6:45 when I get the other two kids up. Some people will be wondering why I get up so early, so I’ll just go ahead and tell you that my daughter goes to school and we have to leave the house at 7:20 to get her to school. I get up at 5:30 to give myself time to do my Bible study and get ready before the kids get up. This time is invaluable to me. It really helps me to prepare myself for the day.

    Getting him to sleep early gives us a little time to catch up on chores, watch tv or have a little mommy and daddy time before we go to bed. Some people also think that bed-sharing puts a damper on your sex life. I believe having 3 kids is much more of a hindrance to our sex life than bed-sharing has been!

    Since my 3rd child has been born and we have been bed-sharing with him, our older two children have decided that they want to sleep together! They have been sleeping together for about 3 months now, and my 3 year old has never slept better.

    If you want to read more about how to sleep with your baby safely, you can read Sleeping With Your Baby or any of these other articles: Safe Sleep 7 by La Leche League, Co-Sleeping Safely by Dr. Sears, or Co-Sleeping and Bed Sharing on Kelly Mom.

     

     


    Nursing Photo Contest January 16 2015

    I am working on an e-course to teach moms about breastfeeding.  I am in need of some pictures as visual aids for the course. I am looking for nursing pictures showing different positions, up-close pictures of a good latch, a bad latch, tongue tie, lip tie, thrush, mastitis, pumping, paced bottle feeding, nursing with an SNS, boob shot for anatomy, boob shot for IGT, anything that would help educate mommies on breast feeding! If you have a picture that you want to give me to use, but don't want showing up on facebook as you submitting it, you can email it to me at midlandlactationsupplies@outlook.com. If you would like to enter the contest, you can do so HERE.

    Thank You!

     


    Teething Necklaces January 13 2015

    I am doing a pre-order on teething necklaces! I will only be order a few colors, so if you want your pic of color, now is the time to order!


    Teething necklaces are made from Natural Baltic Amber.  Baltic Amber is a natural analgesic (pain reliever) and healing agent made from fossilized tree resin that boosts the body's ability to heal itself.

    Each necklace is knotted between each bead in case the string accidentally breaks the beads wont scatter.  There is also a child-resistant safety screw clasp that is designed to detach under excessive pressure. The beads are the size of a pea or smaller and in the highly unlikely event the string breaks, they are small enough that if eaten they can be passed without harm. Always remove the jewelry before bathing and sleeping. Some parents will wrap the necklaces around the ankle and cover with a sock while the child sleeps. As with anything, all children should be supervised while wearing the necklaces or any jewelry. The necklaces are to be worn only, not chewed!

    Here are a few pictures of what you can buy.  You can choose from a bracelet/anklet and a necklace.

         


    Homemade Lotion January 13 2015 1 Comment

     

    I wish I could credit the original creator of this recipe, but I have no idea where I found it now. This is the most amazing lotion you will ever feel! I love it so much!

    Ingredients:

    6 oz Jojoba Oil

    5 tsp Chamomile Flowers

    5 tsp Lavender Buds

    3 oz Coconut Oil

    1.5 oz grated Beeswax

    8 oz Distilled Water

    Essential Oil

    Supplies:

    Pot

    Double Boiler

    Strainer or cheesecloth

    Immersion Blender

    Large container or bowl

     

      1. In a double boiler place 5 tsp Chamomile Flowers , 5 tsp Lavender Buds , and 6 oz jojoba oil. Bring water in pan (under Double Boiler -I used this one from Amazon) to a boil then simmer on low for about 2 hours.

          2. Strain oil through your strainer or cheesecloth to remove the herbs.

            3. Place the oil back in the Double Boiler and add 3 oz Coconut Oil and 1.5 oz grated Beeswax.

               

               

               

              4. Stir frequently until they are well blended.

                 

                 

                 

                5. Let cool to body temperature.

                  6. Heat 8 oz distilled water to body temperature.

                    7. Pour water into a large container or bowl.

                      8. Turn your immersion blender on low and very slowly, pour a thin stream of the oil into the water while running the blender. After a while, it will start to look creamy. If you are adding essential oils, you can add them now while the blender is running. I added about 10 drops of Lavender to my first batch, and 10 drops of Patchouli to my second batch.  

                        9. Keep blender running until all oil is in the water and your mixture is nice and creamy.

                          10. Pour into a 16 oz container and store in your refrigerator.    

                            Let me know if you try the lotion and what you think about it!

                            I always think bloggers are lying when they say something didn’t cost them very much to make at home because buying all the ingredients can get very expensive. So, I did my own cost analysis with this recipe and figured out it came out to $11.22 to make 16 oz of lotion, which lasted me well over 2 months with my first batch. I think that’s a pretty good price! The biggest cost is the Jojoba Oil at $23 for 16 oz, but I have decided that it is well worth it. Jojoba Oil is now my most favorite moisturizer; I use it in my lotion, shampoo, and in my oil cleansing face recipe.

                            When you use it cold, it’s a little squishy. When you use it at room temperature, the water tends to separate a bit. I’m not sure how to get around this. If anyone knows, please let me know!

                            This lotion is to-die for! It will be wonderful with this dry, cold weather we are having! I store my main container in the refrigerator and use a small jar in my bathroom, re-filling the one in the bathroom every few days when it runs out. This keeps the entire batch from becoming moldy.

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                            Breast Pumps January 09 2015

                             

                            There are so many pumps available on the market now, and many insurance companies will now cover them as a medical expense.  Before purchasing a pump, you should check with your insurance to see if they are covered, and if they are, find out if you have to get them through a certain provider, or if they reimburse you for the expense.  If your insurance doesn’t cover pumps, you can still claim your pump on your medical expenses if you itemize deductions and meet the expense requirements.  You can find more information here.

                            Once you have the pump, it’s important to read your owner’s manual and follow the instructions for the care and maintenance of your pump in order to keep it in good working condition and to get the maximum amount of milk out with it.  Some parts can be boiled to sanitize and some cannot.  It’s also important to know how often you need to replace the membranes or valves on the pump as this can affect the pumps effectiveness.

                            Most consumer-grade pumps aren’t built to last much longer than a year, and they usually just gradually start to wear out, without any clues to the mother until her milk supply starts to drop.  If you are planning on using a used pump from a previous baby or that someone gave you, you should have it checked to make sure that it is working properly.  This can be done at Lactation Services of the Permian Basin in Odessa.

                            Most consumer grade pumps aren’t closed systems like rental grade pumps, so milk or moisture might have entered the mechanical parts, where bacteria, mold and viruses can grow.  If you are using a used pump, you should always purchase a new pump kit and check the pump itself for any evidence of mold growth.

                            Another important consideration with pumps is flange size.  The flange is the funnel-shaped piece that touches the breast. You should be able to see the nipple moving easily in the tunnel of the flange, pulling your areola slightly with it.  The nipple should not be rubbing the side of the tunnel, and you should not have too much areola being pulled into the tunnel.  If you think your flanges are the right size, but you are still having pain when pumping, you can try to grease the flanges with a bit of coconut oil or olive oil to see if that helps.

                             


                            Lenny Lamb Pre-order January 09 2015 2 Comments

                            I am so excited that I get to place an order with Lenny Lamb! I cannot wait to try one of their carriers!  I am going to be making these available as a pre-order.  As a pre-order, you will save 10% on the Suggested Retail Price!

                            Because they have so many different carriers and so many prints available, the easiest way to do this is to let you browse their website, pick what you like, and email me a link to it.  I will then add the item to my website and email you a link to it so that you can place your pre-order.  The prices on their website are in the Polish Dollar.  In USD they are much cheaper. 

                            Woven wraps are $60-$85 depending on size.

                            Bamboo Woven Wraps are $90-$103 depending on size.

                            Cotton Diamond Wraps are $77-$101 depending on size.

                            Bamboo Diamond Wraps are $88-$104 depending on size.

                            Jacquard Cotton Woven Wraps are $113-$133

                            Jacquard Bamboo Woven Wraps are $145-$161

                            Ring Slings are $64-$88

                            Mei-Tei's are $92-$133

                            Ergonomic Carriers are $162-$236

                            Items not paid for by Monday, 1/12/15, will not be ordered. Order processing is 5 days and shipping is 1-2 weeks to arrive with me.  I will deliver as soon as they arrive!

                            So, pick what you want, and email it to me! midlandlactationsupplies@outlook.com

                             


                            Milk Jewelry January 09 2015 1 Comment

                            I first heard of breast milk jewelry when I was pregnant with my second baby. I immediately knew that I would get one if I was successful with breastfeeding him.  In my search to find the perfect necklace, I found Hollyday Designs.  I loved this company because she only asked for a very small amount of milk, she was in the United States, and she could get the jewelry to me in a very short amount of time, compared to other companies.  While I can't sell these beautiful pieces on my own website, I did want to let my customers know about this great way to celebrate your breastfeeding accomplishment.

                            Here are a few examples of her work, and a picture of my own necklace. Breast Milk Pendants™ take 4-10wks to create from the time She receives your milk. 

                                 

                             

                             


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                            Breastfeeding After 'Failure' Part 4: Make a Game Plan January 02 2015 1 Comment

                            Make a Game Plan

                            As you have read about breastfeeding, you have more than likely figured out what might have caused your breastfeeding problems with your first child. More than likely one of three things occurred. 1. You were booby-trapped, 2. Your baby had a tongue or lip tie, or 3. You cannot make enough milk due to surgery, medical conditions or IGT.

                            Booby Traps

                            Here is a good article on booby traps. If you were booby-trapped, then your highest need to be prepared for your next baby is simply education. Knowing what is normal for a breastfed baby will prepare you for what to expect. It will prepare you to ignore bad advice. It will prepare you to trust your body and your baby.

                            Tongue or Lip Ties

                            If your baby had a tongue or lip tie, then you will need to get educated on what tongue and lip tie look like. You will need to know how to best latch a baby with a tie so that you can nurse before you have baby’s ties revised. This article by LLL has a short paragraph on latching a tongue tied baby. You will need to know how to find a provider and will need to schedule an appointment for revision as quickly as possible. The best source of information on tongue ties in my opinion is the Tongue Tied Babies Support Group on Facebook. You can join that group and read through as many of the files as you can. They also have a great list of providers in their files section that lists providers well educated on ties and how they affect breastfeeding. I would highly recommend going to one of these providers as they will not brush off your concerns. Trust me, you want to know all of this ahead of time as researching or finding a provider after your baby is born, when you are nursing every 2 hours and have very little sleep, is almost impossible.

                            You will also need to have a shield and a pump available. Many tied babies have difficulty latching, which causes problems with nipple pain with mom and with milk removal with baby. Improper milk removal by baby can cause pro-longed engorgement. Heat and massage help tremendously with milk removal. If you recognize a tie in your baby, you will be best prepared to use heat on your breasts for 5 minutes before feeding baby, then get a good, deep, asymmetrical latch with baby and try to use massage or compressions during a feeding to maximize how much baby gets at the breast. Then, pump after feedings as much as possible until revision. This will ensure a good milk supply despite baby’s ability to remove milk effectively. It will also give you some milk to supplement with if baby does not gain weight properly due to the ties.

                            Have a Medela Contact Nipple Shield, Medium nipple shield available, but only use it if you are having nipple pain during feedings or your nipples become damaged from feedings. This will allow you to keep baby at the breast until revision. Make sure you know how to wean baby from the nipple shield as nipple shields can cause problems if used long-term. Here is a good article on how to use a nipple shield.

                            Low Milk Production

                            If you were not affected by the other two problems, then you may be a low milk producer. There can be a variety of reasons that you cannot make enough milk to exclusively breastfeed. You could have a history of breast surgery including breast augmentation, breast reduction, or other chest surgeries. You could also have thyroid conditions or insulin resistance which can affect breast milk production. You could also have IGT. IGT stands for Insufficient Glandular Tissue. Here is a link to an excellent article on low milk supply and IGT. You can greatly benefit from joining the IGT/Low Milk Supply group on Facebook. They have many excellent files in their files section that can help you with determining why you have low supply.

                            If you have a thyroid condition it is important to have your thyroid monitored frequently during pregnancy as well as after the baby is born due to fluctuating hormones. You will also want to avoid any herbal remedies containing Fenugreek as Fenugreek can lower your t3 and cause your thyroid to be out of whack, further lowering your milk supply. Most herbal remedies for increasing breast milk include fenugreek in them. Read your labels carefully! Most women with thyroid disease can breastfeed without needing to take supplements, however, you may want to have one on-hand just in case you find that you need one, especially since finding one without Fenugreek locally may be an issue.

                            If you have a history of PCOS, are over-weight, or have insulin resistance issues, you will want to get this under control as much as possible while pregnant. I have read that the best way to do this is to eat a very healthy diet, like a Paleo diet, high in protein and veggies and very low in sugar. You may want to have goat’s rue on-hand before your baby is born. Goat’s Rue helps to increase breast milk production. It also has an effect on lowering blood sugar which can help if you have problems with insulin resistance.

                            Regardless of your reason for low supply, there are several things that you may wish to have ready to use after your baby is born. Many of these can be hard to find locally and you don’t want to have to wait on it to get to your house if you need it. Things that you might want to have are supplements for increasing supply. There are so many things that you can take to increase supply. You can find information on my supplements page here. If you plan on hand-expressing, then you will want to have Monoject Oral Syringe 3ml Clear - Box of 100 to freeze your milk in. If you want to have a really accurate way to know how much to supplement your baby with, you can rent a hospital grade scale from a medical supply company, or buy your own. I bought the  Ultrababy Scale on Amazon. If you would like to feed the baby at the breast regardless of your need to supplement, you can use an at the breast supplement system such as the Medela Supplemental Nursing System or the Lact-Aid Deluxe Nursing Trainer System. You will also probably want a pump and a hands free pumping bra.

                            If you would really like to give your baby breast milk only and feel that you might not be able to make enough milk for your baby, you can look into getting donor breast milk while you are pregnant. You can find milk donors on your local breastfeeding groups or on Eats on Feets or Human Milk for Human Babies. Both groups have a lot of information on donor milk.

                            Regardless of what affected your breastfeeding success with your first baby, you will likely want to contact a local IBCLC or at least have a list of them handy so that you can call someone if you encounter any problems with your next baby.

                            A quick note about breast pumps. Hospital grade rentals are the best pump to use for increasing milk supply. Many insurance companies now cover breast pumps. It would be a good idea to contact your insurance company before your baby is born to find out what they will cover and who you have to order from. My insurance would cover rental of a hospital grade pump, but I couldn’t find anyone locally that rented them through insurance. Again, this is something that could cause you a lot of stress if you wait until after baby is born to figure it out! Do it early if you can.

                            Summary of what you might need if you are affected by:

                            1. Booby-Traps
                              1. Education
                              2. Books-The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding and The Breastfeeding Mother’s Guide to Making More Milk
                              3. Find a local IBCLC and be prepared to make an appointment!
                              4. Find out if and how to get a pump through insurance
                            2. Tongue Tie or Lip Tie
                              1. Join the Tongue Tie Babies Support Group on Facebook
                              2. Make an appointment for revision
                              3. Medela Contact Nipple Shield, Medium
                              4. Pump- find out if and how to get one from insurance
                              5. Hands-Free Pumping Bra (just makes pumping so much easier!)
                              6. Find a local IBCLC and be prepared to make an appointment!
                            3. Low Milk Production
                              1. Join the IGT/Low Milk Supply Group on Facebook
                              2. Supplements
                              3. Monoject Oral Syringe 3ml Clear - Box of 100
                              4. Ultrababy Scale
                              5. Medela Supplemental Nursing System or Lact-Aid Deluxe Nursing Trainer System
                              6. Pump-find out if and how to get one through insurance
                              7. Hands-Free Pumping Bra (just makes pumping so much easier!)
                              8. Join Eats on Feets or Human Milk for Human Babies for donor milk
                              9. Find a local IBCLC and be prepared to make an appointment!

                             

                            Other Posts in this Series:

                            Part 1: Introduction

                            Part 2: Getting Educated

                            Part 3: Finding Support

                            Part 4: Making a Game Plan

                            Part 5: Defining Your Success

                             

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                            Breastfeeding After Failure Part 3 Finding Support December 22 2014 1 Comment

                             

                            Once you have educated yourself about breastfeeding and the possible problems you could have had with your first baby, it is important to get your support system set up. You want to have support with both family and professionals.

                            To have support at home your husband and family need to know what is normal for a breastfed baby. You can educate them by telling them what you are learning. Bringing it up in conversation as a ‘listen to what I learned today’ kind of thing can really help to keep them from being defensive while you are trying to teach them. Simply share new facts with them as much as you can. Share how it is normal for breastfed babies to eat very frequently, how breastfed babies sometimes cluster feed and how breastfed babies go through growth spurts and nurse more frequently. The more information they have, the more supportive they can be, which will keep them from under-mining your efforts to breastfeed.

                            It is also important to have professional help in place before the baby arrives. Professional help can come in the form of an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), or a La Leche League (LLL) Leader. You can search for an IBCLC near you at this LINK. You can search for a LLL Leader near you at this LINK. Many IBCLC’s will meet with you while you are pregnant to discuss your questions or concerns and also provide hands-on breastfeeding education.

                            Check with your local hospital to see if they offer a breastfeeding class. Many hospitals offer these classes 1-2 times per month. There may also be doulas or childbirth educators in your area who offer breastfeeding classes. It could also be very beneficial to hire a doula to assist you with your birth and breastfeeding if this is something you can afford.

                            You can also find support in on-line support groups on Facebook. In these groups, you will be able to communicate with other breastfeeding mothers. I joined several of these groups and read as many posts as I could while pregnant. If you are from the Midland/Odessa area, you can find a complete list of community resources here. If you aren’t from the area, you can simply type in breastfeeding support in the search field on Facebook to see what you can find around you.

                            If you think that your first baby may have had a tongue or lip tie that affected breastfeeding, then it might be a good idea to find out who in your area will revise these ties. The Tongue Tie Babies Facebook Group has a list of preferred providers. These are providers that are aware of how tongue tie affects breastfeeding and won't brush off your concerns. It may take a few weeks to get into these providers, so call a few weeks before you are due to your selected provider and see about scheduling an appointment just in case. In my area, I found that both my pediatrician and my midwife would cut anterior ties if they were present. I also scheduled an appointment with an ent for 2 weeks after my due date in case there was a posterior tie. My baby was born with an anterior tie which my midwife cut less than an hour after he was born. It made a huge difference in our breastfeeding relationship! It took less than a minute for her to do, and my baby only cried for a couple of minutes after the procedure before I could latch him. It was a very quick, simple procedure. Please don’t be afraid to seek lip and tongue revisions if you think this is affecting your breastfeeding relationship.

                             

                            Other Posts in this Series:

                            Part 1: Introduction

                            Part 2: Getting Educated

                            Part 3: Finding Support

                            Part 4: Making a Game Plan

                            Part 5: Defining Your Success

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                            Breastfeeding After Failure Part 2-Getting Educated December 09 2014

                             

                            When I was about 20 weeks along in my second pregnancy, I was introduced to the Facebook groups mentioned in the previous post. They recommended the book “A Breastfeeding Mother’s Guide to Making More Milk” and “The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding.” I began by reading both of those books, and then came across other books including “Mother Food,” “The Nursing Mother’s Companion,” and “The Nursing Mother’s Herbal.”

                            If you don’t have much time to read, I would highly recommend starting with “The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding.” It is the most comprehensive book on breastfeeding and will give you the greatest amount of information. If you struggled with low supply with a previous child, I would highly recommend reading “A Breastfeeding Mother’s Guide to Making More Milk.” It is full of information on how breast milk is made, how to maximize breast milk production, and herbs and other supplements to help with milk production.

                            One of the most important things that I learned about breastfeeding in reading these books was to breast feed on demand. I heard that with my first as well, but didn’t really understand the magnitude of nursing on demand until I was reading these books. Babies are not born on a schedule. They are fed 24 hours a day while they are in the womb, and it’s hard for them to adjust to the cruel, outside world. Breast milk is easily digested by babies, usually within 1.5-2 hours, so it is perfectly normal for babies to eat every 30 min to 2 hours in the beginning. This is also how they establish your milk supply! It is very important to avoid any pacifiers in those first few weeks so that you can learn your baby’s hunger cues and not miss any of those important nursing sessions needed to build your supply. It is also quite normal for babies to cluster feed. Cluster feeding is when babies eat more frequently at certain times of the day (usually in the evenings.) Babies also have many growth spurts where they nurse more often throughout the day/night for several days to a week at a time. All of this is completely normal and does not mean that you have low supply.

                            I also learned that skin to skin was very important. I knew this with my first as well, but after having my second and spending our first couple of weeks mostly skin to skin, I can attest first-hand to just how powerful skin to skin really is. It is a great way to bond with your baby. Skin to skin also helps to regulate baby’s temperature and breathing and raises baby’s blood sugar levels. Being skin to skin also helps with latching, breastfeeding and soothes the baby. You can read more about skin to skin on this website. 

                            Going along with skin to skin is baby wearing. Human infants are extremely fragile compared to other mammals. Babies love to be carried and held close to their mothers. Many ‘colicky’ baby symptoms are cured by baby wearing. Babies who are worn are calmer and cry less than other babies. It also makes life so much easier to baby wear when baby is fussy to allow mommy to get more things done, like getting dinner on the table.  Although this might be hard to do in the beginning, you can also learn to nurse while baby wearing, and that is an amazing help when you have other kids to take care of.

                            I also learned a lot about tongue tie and lip tie, as I believe this was the main issue with my first baby.

                            Tongue-tie or ankyloglossia (from the Greek for “crooked tongue”) is the condition where the lingual frenulum, the band of tissue that attaches the tongue to the floor of the mouth, restricts tongue movement. In tongue-tied infants, the frenulum is usually attached close to the tongue tip, leaving little or no “free tongue,” but it can also be placed further back and be unusually short or tight.

                            Common symptoms of tongue tie include sore, cracked nipples, extended engorgement, misshaped nipples after nursing, clicking sounds while nursing, and poor weight gain.

                            All of this was great and really helped me get prepared for when my baby would arrive, but what I wanted to know most of all was what I could do while I was pregnant to optimize my chances of breastfeeding. What I learned from “The Breastfeeding Mother’s Guide to Making More Milk” and the IGT/Low Milk Supply Support Group on Facebook was that I could take Alfalfa, Go-Lacta, and Goat’s Rue while pregnant to optimize breast tissue growth. You want to check with your care provider first, to make sure that this is ok for you in your situation. Alfalfa can be taken throughout pregnancy.  The recommended dose of Alfalfa is 4500 mg per day. You want to gradually work up to this as it may cause you to have an upset stomach if you start with that much. You can take Go-Lacta in your last trimester. Go-Lacta is made from the Moringa plant and is not an herb, so it is generally considered safe for anyone to take. Goat’s Rue is an herbal supplement that will increase breast tissue. You can begin taking it at 36 weeks. Again, please check with your care provider to make sure that these supplements are ok for you in your unique situation.

                            You may begin hand-expression of colostrum at 36 weeks if you have a healthy pregnancy and are not high-risk. This can be done 1 time a day or a few times a day, depending on your preference. If hand-expression causes contractions, you should discontinue them immediately. I chose to hand express after showering because I would massage during my showers. You can watch videos online on how to hand express, and you can hand express into a teaspoon and then put the colostrum in a medical syringe and freeze it. You can then use the colostrum to supplement after baby is born if you have supply issues again.

                            You can read more about Pregnancy and Breast Tissue Growth Here.

                            Other Posts in this Series:

                            Part 1: Introduction

                            Part 3: Finding Support

                            Part 4: Making a Game Plan

                            Part 5: Defining Your Success

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