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What if you knew all the natural remedies that were safe to use during breastfeeding?

But, here’s the thing.. breastfeeding is not always that blissful.

Chances are you’ve tried breastfeeding and now struggling with one of the many challenges we face in motherhood.

But don’t worry, botanicals can provide great support during this season of your life.

And don’t forget.. you need herbs to help soothe your stress to enhance let-down and reduce the chances of mastitis.

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So how can you make breastfeeding a little easier?

In this post, I’m going to share my favorite herbal remedies to help you increase your milk supply and soothe sore nipples.

How do you increase your milk supply?

Galactagogues are the main category of herbs that enhance milk production, but you’ll also want to address your stress with botanicals that soothe your anxiety in order to increase milk supply.

  • #1 Address your stress
  • #2 Add galactagogues

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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)

 

4 Steps to increase your milk supply?

  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. Don’t forget to address your stress as well with adaptogens!

Mother's Milk Tea Blend

Ingredients

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  • MOTHER’S MILK TEA BLEND
  • • Chamomile Flowers 1 ounce
  • • Dried Catnip 1 ounce
  • • Fennel seeds 1/4 ounce
  • • Dried lavender flowers 1/8 ounce

Instructions

  1. Combine all the herbs.
  2. Put 1 tbs. of the mix in a cup and fill with boiling water.
  3. Cover and let steep for 10 minutes.
  4. Strain and drink plain or slightly sweetened. Dose; 1-3 cups/day.
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Too much milk? Try these herbs to decrease your milk supply.

Adaptogens to Boost Milk Supply?

Adaptogens are a category of herbs that help us “adapt” around stress. They are life-changing for the momma struggling with the baby blues or PPD.

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. You can purchase a tincture here. 

 

If you’re breastfeeding, you may encounter mastitis or plugged ducts.  See this has a sign of your body is doing too much.  I know it’s hard to breastfeed and raise children, see if you can ask for help. Try these herbal remedies, and then see the doctor if it doesn’t resolve.

 

breastfeeding5 Symptoms of Mastitis

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

Diabetes, steroid use, and oral contraceptives may also increase the risk of candida mastitis {foryeast infections; read this post https://taragregorio.com/yeast-infections/ to see natural remedies for a yeast infection}

Herbal Treatment For Mastitis

If you are experiencing recurrent breast infections, you may want to be evaluated for adequate nutritional intake.
Particularly see if you are low in:

  • Iron
  • Zinc
  • Protein
  • Vitamin c

Along with good nutrition, consider adding an adaptogen to support your immune system during this stressful time.
Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) and Reishi mushroom (Ganoderma lucidum) Tincture are considered safe adaptogens during breastfeeding.

Along with supporting your immune system with adaptogens, consider these tips to avoid mastitis.

  1. Use compresses of hot water, ginger root, or chamomile infusion.
  2. Apply a poultice of freshly grated raw potato 2-3x day.
  3. Take 1/2-1 tsp. of Echinacea tincture every 2-4 hours.
  4. For high fever, drink teas of elderflower and spearmint.
  5. To reduce muscle tension drink teas of lemon balm, chamomile, and catnip.
  6. To relieve pain tinctures of crampbark, passionflower and hops tinctures can promote sleep and relieve pain.

👉 Read this post for more remedies for mastitis: https://taragregorio.com/5-natural-remedies-for-mastitis/

2 Botanicals For Sore, Cracked Nipples

Some amount of discomfort will occur with breastfeeding, especially within the first week of latching. Nipples may become sore, cracked, and may even bleed.

Contact a lactation consultant or midwife if there is continued difficulty or infections due to latching.

Consider adding in these botanicals, to soothe your nipples.

#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 increase your risk of mastitis.

>>>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
  • 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

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3 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.

Phytolacca Homeopathy

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).

 

You want safe, effective herbal remedies.

Don’t forget to download The Postpartum Recovery checklist so that you have all of the SAFE herbs to use during this season of your life.

Pin the images as well, so you remember!

Conclusion

Botanicals can provide great support during this season of your life when used correctly.  Particularly if you’re getting recurring infections; like mastitis – you’ll want to explore how you can boost your immunity safely.

Stress is one of the most overlooked pieces of the puzzle during the postpartum time. Don’t forget to take time for yourself and ask for help.

See more videos on recovering from pregnancy faster, on my youtube channel.

Tara


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
Obsessed with natural remedies, Tara Gregorio is a Certified Women’s Herbal Educator located in Cold Spring, NY. She loves helping women reduce their medications with botanicals. Her favorite herbal recipes can be found on Pinterest and Instagram. https://taragregorio.com/
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