Breastfeeding has many benefits for mother and baby. Breast milk not only provides good nutrition but also passes on helpful antibodies. It can lead to a lower risk of asthma, eczema, respiratory infections, and more for the baby. Mothers who have breastfed may also have lower rates of certain types of breast and ovarian cancers.
Poor milk flow, inflammation, and pain can prevent or limit breastfeeding. Medical treatments or lifestyle changes may help with some of these problems. Some natural remedies may also help.
May Not Be Effective
The following natural supplement may not be effective in reducing symptoms:
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Herbs and Supplements to Avoid
Talk to your doctor about all herbs or supplements you are taking. Some may be passed into breast milk and affect your baby.
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Last reviewed May 2019 by EBSCO NAT Review Board Last Updated: 6/14/2019