Hidden foods and flavors that decrease milk supply
Drink at least 12 cups of a water day. During the first two months drink water during night feeds as well as your body learns the new routine.
Alcohol: Those boozy triples that can so relax are actually one of a few super common breastfeeding stumpers. Drinking can inhibit the (sometimes painful) let-down reflex. Alcohol can also change the delicate taste of your uniquely made milk, which in turn can cause your little sweetpea to nurse less often. If the gummy bear breastfeeds less often you will not produce as much milk. After all breastfeeding is a supply and demand sort of thing.
Sage: During the fall and winter and especially at thanksgiving Sage can be a hidden culprit for disrupting your breastfeeding bliss. Watch out for dressings, sauces and some gravies that may contain Sage.
Parsley: Parsley is a big hidden milk reducer. If you are eating a lot (come on you are breastfeeding, a lot) of Italian food and suddenly your milk seems to be dropping it may be from the parsley.
Peppermint: Peppermint is so easy to ingest that it may shock you find out it is actually a pretty potent milk reducer. Avoid teas and at the holidays candy canes and all sorts of mint and chocolate nummies. Try using chamomile tea for stress reduction and ginger tea for tummy problems while you nurse as neither will reduce your milk supply.