an unusual combination: help would be appreciated!
i have an unusual combination of circumstances: 1) i had my dd at 43 yo; 2) we are doing natural weaning, and, at 4 yo, she shows no signs of wanting to stop anytime soon.
the problem is (ok no laughing!)....i recently started having symptoms of menopause, specifically hot flashes...did i hear some laughing out there?! just remember you will be here too one day!
anyway, wanting to address this as soon as possible, i went out and bought an otc herbal/vitamin mixure designed for this.because i didn't want to wait the 2 weeks or so it said it would take, and because i am a large woman, i tripled the dose for the first few days. it worked amazingly well! my body started to feel/function like normal again - not just eliminating the hot flashes but improving other things regulated by estrogen as well.
but then about a week after i started, i noticed a change i didn't want. usually when i go to work, by about 3 or 4:00 or so i start feeling a familiar full sensation in my breast. and now i wasn't feeling that - or at least not the same. i realized that likely the herbal supplement was so estrogenic it not only suppressed my symptoms but also was suppressing lactation.so i looked up what i believe is the main active ingredient, blue cohash, and sure enough it is containdicated in breastfeeding because it inhibits lactation.
so, now what i'm seeking is some advice from someone with either personal experience or someone knowledgable about natural supplements who can guide me in finding the right combination to eliminate or reduce symptoms of menopause but not inhibit lactation.. will taking herbal galactagoues be enough to overcome the inhibition of the blue cohash or do i need to do something completely different? any tips would be really appreciated!