Your breast tissue starts to develop during puberty. Your breasts
might seem to grow, but they are mostly filled with fat and lack the
glandular tissue. A lack in breast tissue results in low milk supply.
Your breasts may also develop normally in puberty, but fail to go
through the vital changes in pregnancy that make milk production
Polycystic ovarian disorder (PCOS) is an (hormonal confusion)
endocrine disorder that affects 5 - 10% of all women. PCOS is recognised
by enlarged ovaries that have many small, painless polycystic ovarian
cysts. Women who have PCOS do not ovulate, they do not release an egg
every month. This is why they do not have regular periods.
Research shows that mothers with PCOS struggle with low milk supply more often than other mothers.
PCOS and Breastfeeding Issues
The most significant problem is insufficient mammary tissue.
Insulin resistance is another symptom of PCOS. This can also cause lactation problems.
Herbs that can Help Increase Milk Supply if you have PCOS
Goat's Rue: Helps to build breast tissue and can improve milk supply as well as increase milk flow.
Fenugreek is a good herbal treatment widely used by nursing mothers.
If you have PCOS you should check with a certified lactation consultant when your baby is born, so that you can get help working through these issues.
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Treatments Associated with Low Milk Supply
Metformin and polycystic ovarian syndrome: Women with PCOS induced insulin resistance can increase their milk supplies by taking metformin. Many women with PCOS take metformin during pregnancy regardless of their insulin levels and have excellent results breastfeeding.
Weight loss and stress management can help reduce PCOS symptoms and then increase your milk supply.