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Wondering how to use herbs safely while nursing?

Botanicals can be a beautiful addition to the breastfeeding years and help you shift into each stage with grace and ease.

In this post, I’m going to share my favorite herbal remedies to help you navigate breastfeeding and herbal medicine.

The #1 question moms always want to know is…

What do I drink to increase my breastmilk?

Galactagogues are the main category of herbs that enhance milk production, but…

Keep in mind, you’ll also want to address your stress as this can also decrease your milk supply.

So, if you’re experiencing a decrease in milk consider…

  • #1 Address your stress – consider drinking Tulsi tea or taking adaptogens
  • #2 Add galactagogues – See below

12 Galactagogues Herbs To Increase Your Milk Supply

  1. Marshmallow Root  (Althea Officinalis)lactation
  2. Dill  (Anethum graveolum)
  3. Oats (Avena sativa) A cup of oatmeal every morning may help soothe digestion and increase milk supply!
  4. Caraway  (Carum carvi)
  5. Blessed thistle  (Cnicus benefictus)
  6. Fennel Seed (Foeniculum vulgare)
  7. Goat’s rue (Galega officinalis)
  8. Barley (Hordeum vlugare)
  9. Hops (Humulus lupulus)
  10. Anise seed (not Star anise) Pimpinella anisum
  11. Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum)
  12. Chaste berry (Vitex angus castus)

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4 Steps to Increase your Milk Supply Safely

  1. Try eating oatmeal in the morning
  2. Make Lactation cookies.  Recipe here  or Bars here
  3. Drink tea of stinging nettles and milky oat tops or purchase Our Lady Of La Leche Tea
  4. Allow time for YOU.  I know, I know.. don’t laugh.  It’s important to try to figure out HOW you can relax while raising children:)

Too much milk? Try these herbs to decrease your milk supply.

Are you Wondering.. What are Adaptogens?

Adaptogens are a category of herbs that help us “adapt” to stress. They are life-changing for the momma struggling with the baby blues or PPD or just the daily stresses of raising a family.

The #1 Adaptogen that is safe to take while breastfeeding is Ashwagandha. {along with Tulsi and Stinging Nettles as well}

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Ashwagandha while Breastfeeding

#13 Ashwagandha Tincture (Withania somnifera)

Known as a Category 1, safe adaptogen during breastfeeding, Ashwagandha can help reduce stress and ease the anxiety that may be causing the inflammation during breastfeeding.

Read more about it here:

Ashwagandha while Breastfeeding

Mastitis is another common challenge moms have when nursing.

breastfeeding5 Symptoms of Mastitis

  • fever as high as 104
  • local redness, hard tender inflamed area
  • chills
  • achiness
  • exhaustion

Read this post for natural remedies for mastitis:

5 Natural Remedies For Mastitis

 

Botanicals For Sore, Cracked Nipples

You can also use herbs topically; on your breast.

Caution though: There are some products that are not safe for the baby to take internally.  So wipe your breast clean before nursing again.

Consider adding in these botanicals, to soothe your pain naturally:

#14 Calendula

Calendula is used topically and EXTERNALLY for the treatment of minor inflammations of the skin. Typically used as an oil or salve. Apply to cracked, dry nipples to prevent infection and soothe inflammation.

Caution: The oil or salve may stain clothing and although there are no known risks with minimal ingestion, wipe off your nipple before breastfeeding again.

#15 Chamomile

Chamomile salve EXTERNALLY.

The German Commission E. approves chamomile for the use of skin inflammation and bacterial skin diseases. Chamomile Matricaria oil has demonstrated activity against Candida albicans at the concentration of .7%.¹

Taking preventative steps to support your immune system, rest, and apply an herbal salve will prevent cracked nipples which may increase your risk of mastitis.

Chamomile is safe to drink as tea as well to help soothe your nerves and help reduce bloating that may occur for you and your baby.  Keep in mind, if you or your baby’s father has an allergy to Chamomile you’ll want to avoid this botanical.

>>>Euphorical Herbals has amazing products for your time of breastfeeding. 

Additional tips to reduce cracked nipples

  • Ensure proper latching
  • If nipples are sore or cracked, gently rinse and pat dry after each feeding
  • Avoid the use of breast pads, when possible, and spend time without a bra
  • Wash nursing bras regularly to avoid infection
  • Treat oral thrush in the newborn with yogurt and probiotics to prevent the spread to the nipple.  You can coat the inside of your baby’s mouth with yogurt or offer them an infant probiotic.  Mom can take one as well!
  • Apply an herbal salve several times a day after nursing and wipe off before nursing again
  • When there is an infection, use an antimicrobial – like Echinacea internally – to support the mother’s immune system

Herbs For Plugged Ducts & Mastitis

Milk ducts can become inflamed, tender, and distended creating a ‘plugged duct’.

In mastitis, the plugged duct is accompanied by infection and fever. 

Phytolacca Homeopathy for Mastitis

Phytolacca 30C 

Personally, I liked to take homeopathic medicine when I had mastitis.  Along with Echinacea, this helped resolve the inflammation within minutes.  If you are having these symptoms, consider Phytolacca as a remedy. Click here to purchase. 

Dosing: Take 2 tablets, wait 20 minutes, take another 2 and you should see improvement.

Phytolacca Symptoms: “For sore, cracked nipples, which hurt when the baby nurses. One of the most commonly used remedies for mastitis, especially where the pains radiate from the affected area and the breast is hard and lumpy.  The patient may feel heavy with flu-like symptoms, or may have a breast abscess threatening.” ¹

#16 Echinacea Tincture Internally breastfeeding remedies

Boost your immunity with Echinacea tincture.  In Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Years, Susan Weed recommends a dose of a 1/2 drop for every pound of body weight (so a 130 lb woman would take 65 drops).

 

Conclusion

Botanicals can provide great support during this season of your life when used correctly.  Particularly if you’re getting recurring infections; like mastitis.  Boosting your immune system with diet, supplements and herbal medicine can help you thrive with health during the nursing years.

Stress is one of the most overlooked pieces of the puzzle during the postpartum time. If you’re not sleeping, anxiety kicks in and then depression follows.  Integrate one herb at a time, and also watch your child when you’re nursing for any adverse effects.

Have questions? Ask below 👇

xo

Tara

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References

¹https://www.homeopathycenter.org/breastfeeding https://www.aap.org/en-us/advocacy-and-policy/aap-health-initiatives/Breastfeeding/Pages/Benefits-of-Breastfeeding.aspx https://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/115/2/496.full https://kellymom.com/bf/can-i-breastfeed/herbs/fenugreek/ https://lllusa.org/ ¹Romm, Aviva, Botanical Medicine For Women’s Health
 

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