I'm hoping you can tell me if you think taking Olive Leaf Extract while breastfeeding is safe?
I started taking it about 2 months ago and I'm breastfeeding a 10 month old. I have now stopped. But this week I had my sons weight checked and he is 2kgs underweight for his height.
Do you think it's possible this is from me taking the olive leaf extract while breastfeeding? He doesn't really like solids that much, but still eats quite a bit. And regularly breastfeeds still.
My 2 older sons never had any weight issues.
Thanks so much.
Comments for Olive Leaf Extract while breastfeeding
Sep 09, 2011 by: Tracy
Olive leaf extract is often used instead of an antibiotic, especially while breastfeeding. Olive leaf extract is non-toxic and is even given to older children in smaller amounts...they just don't like the taste too much. It is definitely safe to take while breastfeeding, and I don't think it has anything to do with your baby's weight.
Other uses of olive leaf extract:
If your baby's weight stays on the same centile line they wont be too concerned about it, as long as he is growing steadily. They will monitor you a little closer for a while to make sure that his length and head circumference stay within the same growth pattern as the weight. Don't worry too much about this, he is probably just a little smaller than the average baby his age.
How much does baby consume in 24 hours, including breastfeeding?
Kind regards Tracy
Sep 10, 2011
Thanks so much for getting back to me, all your information is fantastic. Loxley will feed:
6.30am. Baby Iron enriched banana porridge with mashed up banana 8am Breastmilk
10am. Baby yoghurt
12pm. Mashed fruit of some variety
4pm. I usually give his dinner rather than afternoon tea. Usually tuna with rice puree, or chicken and vege puree, or beef and veges..
5pm. Baby custard while my older boys eat their dinner
6pm. Breastmilk before bed
And usually wakes up twice a night for breastmilk.
Do you think this diet is ok? I would think he is eating quite a bit not to be putting on weight. I was just at the pediatricians this week and because he is advanced for his milestones, sleeps well and is very healthy looking he wasn't too concerned. But has done some blood, urine and poo tests just to be sure since 2kgs under his weight is quite a lot. Loxley is really healthy and happy, but when I found out how underweight he is, I did start to question the olive leaf extract, which is the only thing I have done different with my 3 sons.
Thanks again for your help!
Sep 10, 2011
At 10 months you can start to advance
That diet sounds really good, but at 10 months you can start to advance from cereals and puree fruits to soft finger foods with more texture and variety, this might get him eating a little more too. You can now offer soft table foods like veggies, pasta, meat, egg yolk, bread and crackers. You can cut the food into chunks that are 1/4 inch to prevent choking. You can also start introducing a sippy cup.
Give small portions to start off with, about a tablespoon each time, if he is still hungry, you can give more.
Like I said, maybe he is just smaller than the average. Keep an eye on it, but dont worry...as long as baby is as happy as you say he is, I'm sure he is healthy.
Hope this helps, keep me up to date... ;-)
Sep 11, 2011
The way you feed
One of my twincesses didn't gain much weight at one stage and my lactation consultant told me to feed her from the same breast twice before switching. Also to gently squeeze my breast as she sucks to help her get more hindmilk in. (You do this deeper into the breast, not near the nipple and areola.)
I'm not sure if it will work for your boy who's a bit bigger now, but I think it could be worth the try!
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