How to Use Herbs to Increase Mother’s Milk
As a nursing mother who needed the help of an herbal supplement to increase my milk supply, I began to realize that there are many other mothers not producing enough milk and also need a little help.
I created this proven formula that will help get your milk flowing in no time. You can look for these herbs online or at your local health food store. Simply combine and make into a tea. Store in a clean glass jar with a tight fitting lid.
- 1 cup Alfalfa – this valuable herb contains nearly every vitamin and mineral known to man and is called the “Father of all foods.” It will nourish your milk.
- 1 cup Blessed Thistle – will increase your milk supply and help balance your hormones.
- 1/2 cup Fennel Seed – will increase your milk supply and help with any colic issues.
- 1/2 cup Fenugreek Seed – has a sweet maple flavor that increase milk supply.
- 1 cup Nettle Leaf – this is an excellent herb to help fight fatigue and anemia.
- 1 cup Raspberry Leaf – is known to help the uterus return to pre-pregnancy size, fight fatigue, and postpartum depression.
How To Make Tea (Infusion)
An infusion is made from fresh or dried blossoms or leaves (whole, cut or powdered). Do not boil the herbs because they are delicate and the nutrients are easily extracted.
- 1 tsp dried nursing tea blend
- 1 cup gently boiling water
Put herbs in a mug or into a tea strainer, pour hot water over herbs, cover and steep 15 minutes for a light tea or longer for a strong tea. Strain and sweeten with honey, if desired. You can find mesh tea balls, strainers, squeezers and infusers at Starwest Botanicals.
Did You Know…
…babies normally go on growing spurts during the 3rd, 7th and 11th weeks and will demand more milk. Letting the baby nurse more frequently and drinking herbal supplements will help stimulate an increase of milk.
…a substance that increases milk supply is called a galactagogue (from the Greek word “gala” which means milk). The most commonly used herbal galactagogues are blessed thistle, fennel and fenugreek.
…nursing babies usually take less ounces of milk than formula fed babies. They are able to absorb and utilize breast milk better so they don’t need as much.
No-Bake Lactation Cookies Recipe
Make a batch of cookies to get an extra boost of nutrition to your milk supply. The oats, flax seed and peanut butter help increase milk production and are super nutritious!
- 2 cups oats (old fashioned or quick)
- 1/2 cup flax seeds, ground
- 1/2 cup raisins (or any dried fruit, chopped)
- 1/2 cup nuts and/or seeds
- 1/2 cup peanut butter (or substitute)
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
Add everything to a big bowl and mix well. Roll into bite-sized balls and enjoy! Peanut allergies? No problem, simply substitute for any nut or seed butter (almond, sunflower, etc.).
My Input on Cow’s Milk and Nursing Mothers
When a baby is in the womb, the umbilical cord is connected from the mother to the baby for the purpose of feeding. What she is feeding the baby is her blood.
After being born, and if the mother nurses, the baby will still be fed the mother’s blood but without the red-colored corpuscles. This first milk that the baby receives is called colostrum.
Colostrum is a clear or light yellow liquid that newborns are fed for the first 3-5 days before the mother’s milk comes in. Colostrum helps protect the baby’s very immature and small digestive system from disease while delivering nutrients in a very concentrated low-volume form. Newborns don’t need much milk to fill them up and colostrum is the perfect first food.
All animals are nursed when born and then weaned. They never go back to nursing. Humans are weaned and then go back to nursing by drinking cow’s milk (blood). Cow’s milk is the perfect food for the young calf but is not good for nursing mothers or their babies and may be the cause of mucus and congestion.
Herbs Not Recommended For Pregnancy
Blessed thistle, fennel and fenugreek are not recommended for use during pregnancy because they have been known to induce labor. Please check with your doctor or midwife before using any herbs during pregnancy or nursing.
Recommended Herb For Pregnancy
I recommend using raspberry leaf tea for your pregnancy. I consumed the tea freely throughout my pregnancies and increased usage during the last month. I credit this valuable herb for short labor times, natural births and no reproductive issues. You can order dried leaves online at Starwest Botanicals. They have been in business since 1975 and is my #1 trusted source for herbs and natural products online. They have competitive prices and quick ship same-day shipping.