Melissa Urban Posted February 5, 2013 Share Posted February 5, 2013 I had an interesting email conversation with a Whole30'er who noticed a significant drop in her milk supply while doing the Whole30. After ruling out calories (she was eating plenty), hydration (she was drinking plenty), and demand (her kiddo was feeding as often as possible, and she was also pumping), she thought maybe the quantity of fresh herbs (specifically, oregano, parsley, sage, and peppermint she was consuming may have had an impact. I research this, and asked both my midwife and lactation consultant, and all my stuff came back as "normal amounts of these herbs used in cooking shouldn't have any effect on milk supply." But when this woman took these herbs out of her diet, her supply jumped back up to normal. Turns out she was eating a lot more of these herbs in her Whole30 meals - not so many I'd be thinking, "that's way too much parsley," but perhaps she's just sensitive to the effects. I'm bringing it up here, however, because 1) many of you do use a lot more fresh herbs and spices during your Whole30s, and 2) many of you drink herbal teas that contain peppermint, spearmint, or sage while pregnant (100% cocoa too!)... and those combined could potentially (maybe) impact your supply. Here's a good summary article on teas and herbs that may affect supply: http://www.breastfee...astfeeding.html Now, I don't want to over-emphasize the diet/milk supply link, because while diet is a big factor, there are a lot of things that go into milk supply - some of which aren't really supply issues at all. This article is a great resource for figuring out whether your supply issue really IS a supply issue: http://theleakyboob....s-low-or-is-it/ Hope you find this info helpful! Melissa Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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