Saturday, June 22, 2013

It's a Miracle #2: Basil Oil Cured My Breastfeeding Blues

 MAJOR UPDATE: Hello to all of you amazing mothers who are struggling with your milk supply as I once was. I have to share this disclaimer because much of the information & photos that were formally on this blog have had to be removed. For example the specific essential oil I used- the brand and the link that you can use to purchase it- I can no longer share. This is based on a mandatory order to be compliant with the government agencies the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) and the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) because otherwise sharing this information is now deemed illegal. (God Bless America and freedom of speech and choice on how you wish to heal your or your child's body.)

So should any of you want to know the name of the brand (the ONLY brand) that I use and get information on where you can purchase it please do e-mail me at karith@karith.com. I will respond at my earliest convenience as I have to everyone who had reached out to me even anonymously. I am here to help however I can. I've been there and it's not fun, but I absolutely stand by my experience and those of many other mothers I've helped.
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This blog is for all the mommies who have struggled or ARE struggling with breastfeeding and producing enough milk this post is for you!

Yes, ___________'s Basil Essential Oil cured my Breastfeeding Blues by helping me double my milk supply. I know this may sound hard to believe, and if it wasn't something I have experienced personally I'd still have an eyebrow raised like I was doing a Dwayne Johnson aka "The Rock" impression.

Just keep reading and I'll get to it. I promise! I actually just wrote an article for the Huffington Post covering how hard it is to breastfeed period for many of us, and when you have to add on top of that- getting your milk supply up or keeping it up (esp. after you have to go back to work)- that takes this "mommy thing" to a whole other level. A challenging and daunting one that can often leave you questioning your womanhood. (Like we don't have enough to be self-conscious about!)



I wish I was one of those women who had SO much milk that I ruined shirts from leakage. Sadly, I was able to return ALL of the breast pads that I'd had on my BabiesRUs registry because there was NEVER a need for them. And I sure as hell never have had a need for these. Absolutely brilliant idea though!
I would have KILLED to have had to buy this!


I have several girlfriends who've had the complete opposite problem (bully for them!) One beamed about how she ran out of room in her freezers (yes, freezers plural) and has to use a neighbor's freezer to store all of her excess milk. Another friend (and I use the term loosely- just kidding- sort of) told me that not long after she gave birth she was looking down at her hardwood floors and noticed what looked to be a glaze-like paint spattering. It took her a second to realize that was just the pattern that was being made from when she would run around topless doing things and she would just leak milk. Her boobs were literally pulling a Jackson Pollack her floors.



I really have to try not to hate on these women. I'm sure they'd rather not be in that predicament either. As a matter of fact there is an oil ("__________'s_"Peppermint Essential Oil) that has the opposite effect of the Basil Oil- and will help temper the milk production so that it's more manageable for Mom.

As much as I try not to hate, I'm human; and I still get an eye twitch when I hear a new mom bragging about how when she sneezes milk just comes out. It's truly all I can do to hold my tongue and not say:


I am the woman who has pursued every lead I could fathom to increase my milk supply. We're talking counseling with lactation consultants and nurses, questioning other moms as to what their methods are for getting more milk. Y'all I've taken and still do take Fenugreek, Blessed Thistle- there was a go at Goat's Rue tincture for a bit. I drink Mother's Milk tea- which I don't mind, but they also don't tell you that you have to drink 4-5 CUPS of it a DAY to make a difference (and I think we all know- ain't nobody got time for that!!!)


The scariest part is for me is that I was just hours away from ordering Motilium (Domperidone)- a prescription drug that Baby Bean's pediatrician recommended. Just a few of the side affects listed are:
  • Difficulty in speaking
  • Disorientation
  • Dizziness
  • Fainting
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Light-headedness
  • Loss of balance or muscle control
All great things you want to worry about dealing with when you have a baby. NOT!

And this drug is supposed to be better than it's American counterpart Reglan (Metoclopramide) which has equally awful side effects including severe postpartum depression!


That's why I'm shouting Hallelujah from the rafters since my __________'s Basil Oil discovery- I can now return to the Southern gentile woman I am at heart. I once again can just smile politely when another mom talks about her abundance of Mommy Milk instead of cursing her silently through gritted teeth. 
My 1st EVER Milk Storage Bag from one pumping- I was so proud I HAD to document it!

It took a few days to kick in, but when it did- IT DID!!! Y'all I would normally pump 3 oz. collectively from BOTH breasts in about and hour (if I was lucky.) I now get that much from each breast in about 15- 30 minutes. *Of course every woman is different and reacts differently to pumps, and even manual expression. But I cannot encourage you enough to try it.

So here's the lowdown- the company where get my oils is a private company so to get any of these oils you have either be a rep and have your own account with THIS COMPANY or know a rep and order it on-line through their account. Fortunately you know me!

I was so impressed with the THIS COMPANY- their quality of oils and their ethics that I got involved, I became a rep and started teaching classes. Another great thing is that ALL of their oils are TRULY Pure  i.e. ORGANIC, NATURAL with NOTHING ELSE added- the plants are grown organically without herbicides or pesticides, the are cold pressed and distilled and nothing is added to the oil to cut it or stretch it. So if this is something you need and/or want to try please reach out to me and give it a go:


         again send me an e-mail at karith@karith.com

PLEASE let me know if you get it and how it works for you. I truly ONLY want to help others achieve the best results NATURALLY for them and their babies. It happened for me and I want it to happen for you. 

*A SERIOUS fyi- I ran out of my __________'s Basil Oil while on a business trip and bought another brand for a quick replacement. Did NOT even come close to the quality of __________s. And on the label it read "not to be ingested"- Hello! How unpure is that?! It's only going on the largest organ of my body- my skin!!!

Much Love,
~Karith
 

20 comments:

  1. How much did you apply and how often?

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  2. Hi Jennifer! It is a medical grade concentrated oil. So you don't need much. I would use 2-3 drops per breast about twice a day. I just do a quick couple of drops on the breast (NOT the nipple) and I massage it in. I do it once when I get up in the morning and before going to bed. Every now and then I use some in the middle of the day. Because it's organic and it's an herb it's not like you can overdose on it. But you should find that regular use the way I did should increase your milk supply in just a few days. Also - and this is HUGE- I repeat I NEVER put it on my nipples. Not that it would hurt the baby, it's just not tasty OR necessary. I truly hope this helps you.
    Best,
    ~Kyf

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    1. "Because it's organic and it's an herb it's not like you can overdose on it." That statement is sooooo untrue! Have you not done research on EOs? I can tell you, from experience, that you CAN overdose on herbs. I overdosed on parsley a few months ago, and dealt with excruciating stomach cramps (to the point I couldn't stand straight) for 3 days! EOs extremely concentrated, and should be treated with extreme caution!

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  3. Oh! It goes ON the breast. I imagined you put a few drops beneath your tongue. I'm so happy for you and your natural path to increased production. Thank you for sharing, Karith.

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    2. Hi Agua, the COOL think about _____________'s oils is that they are 100% PURE (i.e. not mixed with alcohol or any other substance so you can actually ingest the oils. You can also use the Basil oil to cook. But these are incredibly potent so just 1-2 drop would be enough for say a pasta sauce. Two drops may even be too much. You have to play and see what works for you.

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  4. I am currently about to try this, however am not sure of your suggestions re ingestion! I am in my final year of gaining a degree in which aromatherapy is studied as a major topic, and as I believe it essential oils should never be ingested!

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  5. Hi Karith, my name is Michelle Morley, im an Aussie mum and I live in Western Australia. I found this blog and absolutely related to every single word you said and had a good laugh at your included pictures. My lil man is 9 weeks old, since birth I have had enough supply for him but expressing is another story all together!! It would take me like 40 mins to express 50 ml. So very frustrating!! I am taking domperidone, up to 8 tablets a day with very little result so am now down to 1 pill a day as it doesn't do much. After reading your blog I ordered the basil oil, it arrived a few days ago and tonight is my third day of using it, I havent noticed much increase yet, would love to converse with ya about your experience and ask you a heap of questions? ? Im on facebook or my email is allmakesandmodels@bigpond.com if you get this message please contact me, thanks a million!

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    1. Michelle did it help you?

      Sharla Egbert

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    2. Hi Sharla, I'm not sure if Michelle is still checking this blog entry since we've been communicating privately and she's in Australia, but I can certainly reach out to her on your behalf so she can share her experience with you. I'd also be more than happy to give you a more in depth side to my experience and scientifically explain why these oils work. I still use the Basil Oil occasionally- more frequently now that I'm pregnant again and the baby got that terrible stomach virus and for 2 days all she would do was nurse (not eat). Please feel free to reach out to me. My e-mail is karith@karith.com

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  6. Did you use a carrier oil or just straight basil?

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    1. Hi Sarah, I did NOT use a carrier since Basil isn't a "warm" oil like Oregano. I would apply it "neat" without a carrier oil to my breasts then massage it in- again careful to avoid the nipple for no other reason than baby's taste buds not agreeing with it. You most certainly can use a carrier oil is that is something you want to do or feel that it would be more effective. Please reach out if I can be of more help. Best,
      ~Karith

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  7. My friend just told me about this product and actually have me a sample. I was one of those women that has been using multiple freezers. I was pumping 16+ ounces per pump! I'm now down to 1-3oz per pump. Well... Here I go!

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  8. Should I use a carrier oil?

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  9. Bump for the previous question of 'Should I use a carrier oil?'...

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    1. Hi Jessica, I did NOT use a carrier since Basil isn't a "warm" oil like Oregano. I would apply it "neat" without a carrier oil to my breasts then massage it in- again careful to avoid the nipple for no other reason than baby's taste buds not agreeing with it. You most certainly can use a carrier oil is that is something you want to do or feel that it would be more effective. Please reach out if I can be of more help. Best,
      ~Karith

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  13. Dealing with low supply and a 7 week old who unfortunately needs to be supplemented. I know a rep I can acquire the EO from, just unsure of how to use it safely. Would this work for someone with IGT as well?

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