Monday, January 19, 2015
Breastfeeding Herbal Supplement
At one point or another, most lactating moms have concern that they are not making enough milk for their little ones.  I wrote a post called Do I Make Enough Milk for Baby that discusses the common complaints regarding milk supply with evidence based answers, so make sure to check that out.
There's reasons that moms may want a lactation boost.  Sickness, stress and hormones can dip your supply.  Moms who have little ones that cannot or will not nurse and rely on a pump, or return to work and have to pump also can face struggles with milk production. 
I've been exclusively pumping for my daughter for 16 months, and have had troubles providing enough milk for my baby's needs.  Giving your baby the best is important and fortunately, we have options out there that aid us in our breastfeeding efforts.
I was recently introduced to a product called Milkflow.  Upspring Baby is the creator of this breastfeeding supplement.  Upspring is committed to helping make life better and easier for mom and baby.  They sent me a sample for product review purposes.  I am going to tell you everything I know about Milkflow and how it worked for me!
Milkflow is a galactagogue compound of fenugreek and blessed thistle, which when used together are known to work better than when used separately (source). Mothers typically see an increase rather quickly, some have reported within 24-72 hours after taking fenugreek.  Fenugreek has phytoestrogen molecules that alter prolactin secretion to stimulate the mammary glands. Blessed thistle assists in digestion and has anti-inflammatory characteristics, which can provide more efficient blood circulation (source).  
Milkflow also contains anise seed, beet root, carrot root, cane sugar, citric acid, natural flavors and beet juice.  It is a concentrated blend and comes as a dried powder in a packet.  This is convenient so you can use Milkflow wherever you are... Just open the packet and stir it into water, juice, sparkling water or soda water.  
Milkflow Packet
Milkflow is non-GMO, vegan and gluten free. There are 40 calories per packet, with 18 packets in the box.  The mix is a natural berry flavor.  The instructions on the box say to stir the packet with 6-8 ounces of water and drink 2-3 glasses a day (but no more than 4).  
The first time I tried Milkflow, I dumped the powder into a mug and added about 8 ounces of water then stirred it up.  I will tell you right now that it is very tart, grainy and hard to take with just tap water.  The second time I tried it with 6 ounces of orange juice, which was much better than with water, but still a little too strong for my taste. So I sent my hubby to pick me up some seltzer water.  This was the lucky winner!  Much easier on the palate!  So my suggestion is to have seltzer water handy your first go!  
I thought it would be wise to warm up to this supplement.  I only drank one a day for a couple days, then started drinking two a day. I actually dumped 2 packages in with 8 ounces of seltzer water and continued this for a week.  When I went to two packets a day is when I noticed a better pump output.  I normally pump approximately 3 ounces per session, but with Milkflow I was getting up to 4 ounces every single session, which is impressive for me!  
With other fenugreek lactation supplements, you seem to have to take in quite a bit per day and may not notice any difference for a week or longer even.  I would absolutely recommend Milkflow to others in lieu of teas or pills.  
What's my favorite thing about Milkflow?  It is concentrated, letting you take less but get big benefits.  It seems to work pretty quickly and it is safe to take.
Is there anything I'd change about Milkflow?  I would prefer it not be as sour as it is.  
I give Milkflow by Upspring Baby a 9/10!

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I am thrilled to be able to offer my readers an opportunity to win one box of Milkflow!  All you have to do is fill out the competition form below!  Giveaway will run from 1/19/15-2/2/15.  Open to US only.  Void where prohibited.  Must be 18 years of age or older.  Winner will be announced on this post as well as emailed (so make sure to log into the form using the email you use). You will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be drawn.  
Latched On Mom did not receive payment for the review which was given.  All opinions are my own, written by me.  I have no affiliation to the company, unless otherwise stated. This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or associated with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or any other social media. Prize fulfillment is the sponsor's responsibility.
These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.


17 comments:

  1. I heard about this giveaway via facebook. The only supplements i have tried for breastfeeding so far were milky! And mothers milk tea.

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  2. Looks like a great product for those that need it.

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  3. thanks for the heads up on the flavor ;)

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  4. I heard about the giveaway through Facebook. Ive never tried any supplements to boost my supply but I'm worried that I need to... I would love to try this! I can't seem to find the time to try making the lactation cookies or other recipes I've found with 4 kids! Thanks for the tip about mixing it with seltzer water, I'll definitely remember that! :)

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  5. I LOVE that this is non-GMO!! So important when breastfeeding to avoid certain things. As someone who struggled the entire time I breastfed my 1st, this is going to be a necessity in my home this time. Thanks for your honest review! Btw I love sour stuff, so that's great for me. :)

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  6. I really want to try this. :)

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  7. I would love to give this a try.. Reading the reviews I know I can trust it to work.

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  8. I heard about the giveaway on facebook. I have tried some other teas containing fenugreek with moderate results (though I wasn't consistent about taking them daily). What I have noticed a difference with is eating oatmeal daily, though after 7 months it is getting kinda old! I would love to try another supplement to mix things up. :)

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  9. I found the giveaway from a Facebook post.

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  10. I found this from a Facebook post! I haven't tried yet but am still breastfeeding and would love to try it!

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  11. I saw this on a FB post and am interested in trying it when LO arrives. I'll have to return to work after maternity leave and am worried I won't be able to pump enough.

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  12. I heard about this giveaway from a Facebook post. And I have never tried Fenugreek products, but would like to.

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  13. This looks great! I actually like sour. I heard about this giveaway from Facebook.

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  14. I could definitely use this as I can hardly pump anything lately. Thanks for the tips!

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  15. I just bought this and your review on it gives me hope. Thanks so much :-)

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    1. You're welcome! I think it's a great way to get that extra pow you need to make ends meet!

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