So this morning on my facebook feed Lakeshore Medical Breastfeeding Medicine clinic posted this
"Three main hormones required for lactation to begin are prolactin, insulin and hydrocortisone, and progesterone must go away (that happens when the placenta is delivered). From this we know that disorders of prolactin (and its regulation through dopamine and thyroid hormone), insulin, cortisol and progesterone can be a starting points in figuring out issues with low milk supply."
Are we approaching mother's with low milk supply all wrong? If less than 1% of mothers truly have insufficient mammary glands, could this explain at least part of the problem? Obviously, I am aware of the boob-traps pediatricians, ignorant family members, and society plays but I've now known far too many mothers who were perfectly comfortable with nursing, had support from friends and family, and STILL weren't able to nurse.
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on September 29, 2011
at 10:38 PM
Good stuff! I also believe that Vitamin D status plays a big role here.
Haven't done my study search yet!