If you are a breastfeeding mommy you are probably concerned about how much milk you are producing and whether your baby is getting enough milk to drink.
Having these stressed and worries added can cause your milk production to go down, so stay calm and know that there is a lot that you can do to ensure that your body produces enough milk for your baby.
There are a number of things you can do to increase your breast milk, including feeding your baby more often, drinking jungle juice, making and eating lactation cookies, and of course eating certain types of food.
One of the things vital for producing more breast milk is to stay well hydrated, if you are not well hydrated you are not only going to struggle to produce enough breast milk but you will also not be feeling very energetic or healthy.
Drinking lots of water and healthy fluids is essential. A great way to naturally keep your energy levels up, keep yourself healthy and increase your breast milk is to drink certain types of herbal teas.
You can get your herbal teas from an organic store, like Vitacost or Iherb, here is a discount coupon.
Here are some herbal teas that increase breast milk supply:
Traditional Medicinals Organic Mothers Milk Tea
This is a caffeine free tea that is a blend of Fennel, Anise, Coriander, Feenugreek and Blended Thistle – all great herbs for increasing breast milk supply.
Mother’s Milk Tea is slightly bitter tea that has a distinct licorice taste.
Earth Mama Angel Baby Organic Milkmaid Tea
This is caffeine free tea that is a blend of Fennel seed, Fenugreek seed, Red Raspberry leaf, Stinging Nettle leaf, Milk Thistle seed, organic Orange peel, Anise seed, Caraway seed and Alfalfa leaf.
Gaia Herbs Lactation Support Tea
This lactation support tea is a fresh tasting made from a blend of organic herbs including Fenugreek, Goat’s Rue and Stinging Nettle.
These herbs which are known to increase breast milk production are called galactagogues and are commonly found in herbal teas for lactating mothers, as well as in commercial manufactured supplements for nursing mothers:
Fenugreek is one of the strongest herbs for increasing breast milk production. Many mothers that have adopted babies have used Fenugreek to establish a breast milk supply to feed their baby.
It is recommended to use Fenugreek regularly and consistently otherwise it can actually have a negative effect and decrease breast milk production.
Fenugreek is not recommended during pregnancy as it can cause uterine contractions.
Fennel is great for increasing breast milk supply but it is also good for relieving gas and indigestion. Fennel is usually one of the main ingredients in lactation teas and in tummy teas, which are used for colic, reflux, gas and indigestion.
Red Raspberry Leaf
Red Rasberry Leaf is great for milk production as well as being a uterine toner, so it is a wonderful ingredient for new moms to help their uterus recover after birth.
Red Raspberry Leaf is also high in vitamins and minerals which will help to keep a new mom healthy and energized.
Blessed Thistle is also known as “Our Lady’s Milk Thistle”. It is a common ingredient in commercially made supplements for increasing breast milk production.
Goat’s Rue can help not only with increasing a nursing mother’s breast milk supply but it can also help to stimulate the growth of breast tissue. For this reason it can be especially useful for women that want to breastfeed after breast surgery and also for women that want to breastfeed an adopted child.
It is not recommended to take Goat’s Rue if you have diabetes or hyperglycemia because it can lower your blood sugar levels.
Goat’s Rue is also not recommended if you have an over supply of breast milk since it can further increase your supply leading to problems such as mastitis and breast engorgement.
It is also best to avoid Goat’s Milk if you are prone to food allergies in the pea family of plants.
Alfalfa is not only great for increasing breast milk, it is also highly nutritious, containing high levels of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
Alfalfa is also used medicinally to treat digestive disorders, arthritis and kidney problems. It is safe to take in moderation, however as a herb that is known to be used medicinally it is always wise to discuss using Alfalfa with your doctor.
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