fennel oil and breastfeeding
I got a new natural toothpaste that had peppermint as one of the flavorings -- even though it was advertised as a cinnamon toothpaste (can't believe I missed it on the label!) and bye bye milk! :(
I read about Fennel helping to restore milk supply and so I bought Fennel essential oil. I've been applying the oil to the bottom of my feet for two weeks or so -- am I hurting my baby?
I've also taken pains to avoid all peppermint, to breastfeed as often as humanly possible and to stay very well hydrated but I haven't tried any other galactagogues.
I've had to supplement with formula (my 4 month old slipped to her 2 month old weight), but my daughter won't take a bottle so we've used a thin tube that runs from a bottle to her mouth while she's nursing. All of this together has done wonders to restore her weight and to bring my milk back (after two weeks of supplementing with 16 oz of formula, we're down to about 6 oz of formula a day) but I'm worried I've been harming her with the fennel oil.