Lactation tea for nursing moms
This is an herbal brew to help increase milk production. It is medium bodied, slightly grassy, and has a hint of sweetness from the fennel.
Nettle leaf, Red Raspberry leaf, Alfalfa, Blessed Thistle, and Fennel.
Nettle leaf is one of the best herbs you can consume for your health. Nettles, or Stinging Nettles, is a great all over tonic and an Herbalist favorite! It supports kidneys, the digestive system, and the circulatory system. Nettles are a great source of vitamins like Iron, magnesium, and calcium. It is also high in Vitamins A, C, E, B1, B2, B3, B5, folate, potassium, phosphorous, selenium, and zinc. Stinging nettle is believed to stimulate milk production and increase the supply of breast milk in breastfeeding mothers. It is generally considered safe to begin taking nettle immediately after giving birth, and it can be continued for an extended period of time.
Red Raspberry leaf is a great benefit after giving birth because it helps the uterus return to its pre- birth size, and it increases the amount of breast milk produced. Since it is loaded with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, it also increases the quality of breast milk. Raspberry Leaf contains Potassium and Iron. in fact, the Iron in Raspberry leaf helps fortify the blood and helps deliver oxygen all around the body. It has Vitamin A which boosts immune response and reproductive health and Vitamin C which fights infection and helps our connective tissues remain strong and healthy.
Alfalfa is loaded with nutrients to support your body during breastfeeding. It contains Vitamin K, Vitamin C, Folate, Vitamin B1, B2, B3, B5, Iron, Magnesium, Zinc, Copper, Potassium, phosphorus, and Calcium. It has mild galactagogue properties to help increase milk production. (those with auto immune disorders like lupus, or anyone on blood thinners, should consult with their healthcare professional before consuming Alfalfa.)
Blessed Thistle. This plant has been used as a medicine for hundreds of years and has been shown to increase milk supply. Blessed thistle is believed to be beneficial for breastfeeding because it may increase the production of the hormones prolactin and oxytocin. Prolactin is the hormone that boosts breastmilk supply, and oxytocin releases the milk.
Fennel Seed is a well known galactagogue. (an herb that increases milk production) Fennel water is also recommended to treat infant colic so consuming it in a tea will deliver the benefits to your baby through your breastmilk.
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Small bags make 6 to 8 cups
Large bags make 35 to 40 cups
(This is determined by whether or not you use 1and a half or 2 tsp per cup)