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Mon, 5 Aug 1996 09:38:54 -0400
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Hi. I realize I should have been more clear in my suggestions for use of
Acidophilus in treating yeast. I love the use of herbs for my own family and
I convey that to my clients. However, I do not "prescribe".  I always offer
a variety of possible remedies (herbal or not) to whatever problem, giving
the mom choices. I may say, "Several other moms have found this to work..."
I have several herb books in my lending library and encourage the moms to
educate themselves before making a decision. They then ask me for a
suggested "dosage".  I tell them the maximum they may take in a day, then
leave it up to them and their information in hand to decide for themselves.
Also, many times I do not need to say anything as they come to my support
group looking for information and the other mothers actually lead the
suggestions.  Another thing, I always tell them that they should check with
their doctor. (Usually, they are so frustrated at the lack of info from the
doc, that they don't, but that is their choice). Herbs and homeopathics are
not recognized by FDA. Some books I use are: "The How to Herb Book" by Keith
and Gordon (very simple to understand and has baby remedies) and Homeopathy
for Pregnancy, Birth, and Your Baby's First Year by M. Castro.  I have also
attended workshops by midwives who use herbs routinely and work closely with
a midwife.  I use this info to guide the mother, not prescribe.

For increasing milk supply: A midwife at a conference once said she tells
moms, "Take 8 alfalfa capsules and call me in the morning!"  It usually works.

Lechia Davis, RNC, ACCE, IBCLC