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Foods and Drinks that May Affect Your Breastfeeding Milk Supply

by | December 18, 2018

Breastfeeding moms around the world all have a worry in common, ‘will I produce enough milk?’ A lot of women produce plenty of milk without having to eat a lactation boosting diet. Sometimes though, there can be a diminish in breastfeeding milk supply. If you’re worried that you’re not producing enough milk you should take a look at your diet because you may be eating some of these foods that decrease milk production in addition to some medications that could be hindering your breastfeeding journey.

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Breastfeeding Milk Supply

According to the very well family website, these are some foods and drinks that may affect your milk supply.


Parsley is a diuretic,  meaning that it helps the body to expel extra fluids, which can lead to dehydration from frequent urination and can cause a decrease in milk supply.

Peppermint and Spearmint.

Drinking an occasional cup of peppermint tea isn’t likely to dry up your milk supply, but consuming peppermint and spearmint in large quantities has been shown to decrease milk supply.


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Breastfeeding Milk Supply
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Many women use sage to decrease their milk supply when they’re weaning. (need something to show where you took this information from or a study, or people talking about it)


There’s an old myth that drinking a beer will increase your milk supply, Alcohol actually decreases the volume of milk. (need to know where you took this information?)


While it’s ok to have a little caffeine while you’re nursing, too much soda, coffee, and tea can dehydrate you and lower your breast milk production.

Allergy and Cold Medicine.

Pseudoephedrine is a common ingredient in a lot of over-the-counter allergies and cold medicines can decrease breast milk production.

Hormonal birth control.

Hormonal birth control containing estrogen can diminish your milk supply. It’s best to use a progesterone only hormonal birth control such as; the mini pill, Depo-Provera shot, Mirena IUD or an implant.

Smoking Cigarettes.

Smoking cigarettes can interfere with the release of oxytocin, the hormone that stimulates the let-down reflex.

If your breastfeeding milk supply is decreasing you should definitely try to avoid the things on this list. You should try to reduce stress and make sure you’re getting enough sleep. Sometimes there are medical reasons for a diminishing milk supply, such as a new pregnancy. If you’re concerned about your milk production please speak with your healthcare provider.

Julie Nealon

Associate Editor, New York USA | Contactable via [email protected]



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