Herbs to avoid during breastfeeding (they decrease milk supply) are peppermint, parsley and sage). So does alcohol, but presumably you’re not drinking it, if you’re breastfeeding.
Fenugreek (sometimes used to boost milk supply) should not be used in supplements, as it can cause wind in babies. Never use foods with it during pregnancy, as it could stimulate the uterine (could increase contractions, leading to premature birth).
Not being able to produce enough breast milk is rare, as it works on supply and demand, which is why most mothers can even donate breast milk to help preemies. But if you would like a little helping hand, here are a few ‘lactogenic’ (milk-producing foods). These include:
- Dark green leafy veggies help the body boost milk (check paper inserts of medications, if relevant)
- Barley, oats, brown rice and millet (not just for budgies) are all good.
- Legumes are also good (beans, peas, lentils), due to omega fatty acids
- Nuts and seeds also contain fatty acids and release prolactin
- All orange veggies are good (breastfeeding uses extra beta-carotene)
- Dried fruits are good too (organic apricots, dates)
- Asparagus has tryptophan (an amino acid to stimulate breast milk)
- Fennel (tastes like aniseed) is good raw or cooked, for the same reason