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Are there any foods which inhibit breastmilk production?

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    Are there any foods which inhibit breastmilk production?

    I know that there are foods/teas/supplements which are meant to stimulate milk production, but are there any foods which inhibit it? (I dont mean foods like cabbage or chocoloate which make baby windy: I mean food that may actually decrease supply over time....)

    I am trying to get my supply up - suffering from jet lag, sleep deprivation and stress. I am drinking Mother Milk tea, eating oatmeal. Fen tablets would be next - does anyone know where to find them in HK?

    Thanks for any information or suggestions.

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    I think that rest and de-stressing will do far much more good for you than a specific food--especially since you are already doing the basic things that most people suggest for milk supply increase--an overstressed body isn't going to do what you want it to even if you feed it something special unfortunately. Get some sleep! And best of luck!

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    HK Chinese (or Chinese in general?) believe that black bean (as in preserved soy bean) depletes milk supply. I know some who go as far as avoid all soy products when bf. May be just old wives tale. I avoided black beans but ate lots of beancurd/soy stuff when b/f which didn't affect supply negatively.

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    You can get the Fenergreek tablets at Annerly in Central and I've also seen them at Organic Sense Health food store on Lyndhurst Terrace.

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    my OB told me to avoid pork liver, pigeon, dry black bean for the use of chinese medicine ( I do not know what it is), until i stop breastfeeding.

    We been reminded on the daily basis not to take above-mentioned food during my stay in the hospital. Since then, i havent been taken the mentioned food since my girl was borned.

    She is 11 months and i am still breastfeeding. so far, no issue on lack of supply.

    oh yes,my Ob did advised me to drink more fluid too.

    Hope this helps.

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    slamdunk - really!?!??! i heard the opposite! soy milk (black in particular) INcREASES milk production!

    i heard organs (internal organs if you like that sort of foodstuff) depletes milk.

    papaya fish soup increases

    i agree with thanka2 - get lots of rest!

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    And try expressing after each feed (even if there is little left). That is supposed to help increase supply.

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    Cabbage, beside getting baby windy, is to avoid. It was a remedy used in the past to decrease/stop the milk supply, by putting a cabbage leaf directly on the breast !
    I've heard also about parsley, sage...

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