Tea for Two: Best Teas for Breastfeeding
When you’re pregnant, you know how important it is to watch every little thing you put in your mouth and to be aware of things in your environment. Many women are shocked to find out that what they can ingest is still somewhat limited, however, if they choose to breastfeed following pregnancy. While you can go back to eating sushi, have an occasional drink, and take a few more medications that were off limits previously, you still need to watch what goes in your system and may come out in your milk. Herbal teas are great for soothing nerves, tummies, and a sore throat–but did you know there are many teas that help boost milk production and can even help a colicky baby? Continue reading for some tea ideas that are compatible with breastfeeding and even have extra benefits.
This is a loose leaf tea–ensuring maximum freshness, quality, and nutritional support! It contains fennel seed, goat’s rue, blessed thistle, alfalfa, anise seed, and lemon verbena. It contains several galactogogues–great for producing milk production, but ingredients to avoid if you are currently pregnant. This tea also has the added benefits of decreasing digestive complaints for baby, decreasing colic symptoms, and providing vitamins and minerals to support nursing.
This tea is full of milk producing galactogogues. For this reason–it is great for breastfeeding, but not considered safe during pregnancy. This tea contains fenugreek, fennel, red raspberry leaf, stinging nettle leaf, milk thistle seed, orange peel, anise seed, caraway seed, and alfalfa leaf. It is naturally caffeine free, certified organic by Oregon Tilth, certified Kosher by EarthKosher, and Non-GMO project verified! Most importantly, it is delicious and very helpful in increasing milk production.
This tea contains chamomile, fennel seed, nettle leaf, anise seed, fenugreek, and lavender flower. Fennel, fenugreek, and anise all help support lactation, plus the chamomile and lavender are great for soothing both mom and baby. This tea is not compatible with pregnancy.
Rooibos tea has many health benefits for nursing and pregnant women. It is naturally high in Vitamin C–great for boosting your immune system when it may be suppressed due to pregnancy or sleepless nights with an infant. It is also known to help soothe colicky babies and upset stomachs–yes, even through your milk! We love Rooibos Rocks Tea, although there are many other plain rooibos and other delicious rooibos blends on the market.
You may have been drinking red raspberry leaf tea throughout your pregnancy–so if you were, keep on sipping! If not, you can still stand to benefit from drinking this tea–especially in the first several weeks postpartum. Many pregnant women drink this tea because it is thought to help tone the uterus to strengthen it for labor and birth. However, after labor, it is also beneficial in helping with milk supply, shrinking your uterus back down to its usual size, and regulating your hormones. We like Traditional Medicinals Organic Red Raspberry Leaf Tea.
Another tea with herbs specifically tailored to support lactation is Mothers Milk Tea by Traditional Medicinals. This tea combines bitter fennel fruit, anise fruit, coriander fruit, fenugreek seed, blessed thistle herb, spearmint leaf, West Indian lemongrass leaf, lemon verbena leaf, and organic marshmallow root. This tea contains several galactagogues to boost your supply–but is not intended to be used during pregnancy. Enjoy it hot or combine 3-4 tea bags to make a large pitcher of iced tea–a great way to remind yourself to drink more fluids while nursing!
What other teas have you found to help support breastfeeding or that you just enjoy while nursing? Not every woman may be interested in increasing their milk supply through herbal tea. Fortunately, there are several other herbs that can also be safely ingested while nursing. These include: echinacea (in moderate amounts), ginger, citrus peel teas, lemon balm, chamomile (watch for possible allergens), and linden. What other teas did we miss? Let us know in the comments.
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Katherine lives in Kansas City with her husband, toddler, and 3 furry children. When she is not at home with her daughter, she is finishing up her Ph.D. in psychology or working on one of her multiple half-finished art projects. She loves ceramics, crafts, fitness, paper mache, and pretending to learn French and Spanish.