PCOS And Breastfeeding

“Few people know about PCOS and I was excited when I saw that Betty Greenman knew about PCOS and breastfeeding on her website.  She helped me out so much and gave me the courage to breastfeed even though I have a low milk supply.”  Mary Ann H.
“I was told so many negative things about having PCOS and breastfeeding.  Betty Greenman encouraged me to try to breastfeed and even gave me a great idea of how I can improve my milk supply.  I am now using this method with great success.  Don’t give up breastfeeding.  Call Betty Greenman.”
Maria R.
“Betty greenman is awesome.  I discussed with her my PCOS.  She was very knowledgeable and made me feel good.”  Cindy T.
One of the few Lactation Consultants Specializing in PCOS and breastfeeding around the world.
What is Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome  (PCOS)?
I specialize in helping new breastfeeding moms who are also have PCOS and Low Milk Supply.

     PCOS is a hormonal imbalance which affects many women however, possibly differently. It is a common endocrine metabolic disorder where possibly multiple cysts interfered with ovarian function. There has been some discussion of women who suffer from PCOS and underproduction of breast milk or a low milk supply.  Some women with PCOS have no problem breastfeeding.  Other PCOS women have an imbalance of estrogen which can disrupt lactation.  However, a woman does not need to produce a full milk supply to enjoy breastfeeding.  One theory is that a progesterone deficiency common in woman with PCOS, is to blame for a lessened milk supply.  Progesterone is a hormone responsible for the growth of breast tissue needed for breastfeeding.  Another theory is that there are higher androgens which can affect estrogen and prolactin levels in women who suffer from PCOS.  Androgens are male hormones. This can affect the estrogen level which can negatively affect the breast tissue and its ability to produce an ample supply of milk.  Some researchers think that PCOS is linked to insulin which is a hormone that controls the change of sugar, starches and other foods into energy for the body to use and store.  Excess insulin increases production of androgens. Furthermore, insulin is a factor in the production of breast milk.  Metformin is a drug commonly used to treat PCOS patients.  It is a drug used to reduce glucose levels in non-insulin dependent diabetics.  Metformin is helpful during pregnancy and can support the development of changes in the breast, some women with PCOS have seen positive impact on the milk supply.  Metformin helps to regulate the glucose, sugar in your blood.  Metformin improves insulin sensitivity.  Limited amounts are transferred in breast milk so it is okay to take this drug while breastfeeding. Furthermore, after several studies were conducted, Dr. Thomas Hale feels that Metformin is safe and effective during lactation. A lifestyle of healthy nutrition and exercise is important for PCOS treatment plan. The drug Domperidone has been shown to increase some womens milk supplies.  However, always consult with your doctor before using any drug.

Resource: Polycystic OvarianSyndrome Association Inc. (PCOSA)