At some point many mothers may become concerned about the amount of breast milk that they are producing. Many of these moms decide to use herbal teas to increase their breast milk. Many of these teas include such herbs as fenugreek, fennel seed, blessed thistle and many other herbs. Though some moms may look to harsher medications such as Domperidone, most mothers prefer to use more natural products that have been years for hundreds of years.
But are these particular herbal teas safe, especially at a time when are babies are receiving their main nourishment from our breast milk?
Fenugreek is an herb or spice that has been used for centuries and is still frequently used in many recipes in countries such as India, Egypt, and Turkey. The many benefits that fenugreek contains is almost countless. Besides helping to increase breast milk, it is also used to aid in digestion, decrease diabetes and is now being studied as an herb to protect against some cancers. The one side effect caused by Fenugreek is that sweat and urine may smell like maple syrup.
Fennel is again an herb that has been used for centuries by many different cultures. Many people still use it today in many of their recipes. Most moms may possibly have a spice jar of it in their pantry. Fennel is used along with other herbs to help with colic for babies.
Blessed Milk Thistle is mostly used for medical purposes. It is most widely used to help with liver diseases. Is it currently being used in a drink, Rockstar Energy Drink, as an herb to increase energy.
Nettle Leaves, or stinging nettle, is a plant with stinging needles when touched, yet can be relieved by typical antihistamine creams. Though once the stinging needles are cooked, chopped, or crushed, the stinging agent is disabled. This plant is mostly prominently used to help patients with arthritis.
So, when you become alarmed about the amount of your breast milk, the first thing you should do is drink lots of water – NO, I mean LOTS of water. Next, relax and enjoy a nice cup of that herbal tea. These herbs have been used in various ways since ancient times. Some of these herbs can be so beneficial for your health, so enjoy.