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How I healed postpartum anxiety by addressing my gut health

How I healed postpartum anxiety by addressing my gut health

I know what you’re thinking.

How can you reduce anxiety by addressing your gut health?

But…Does this sound familiar?
  • bloating
  • pain with eating gluten or dairy
  • skin eruptions
  • exhaustion
  • seasonal allergies
  • recurring yeast infections
  • achy joints and muscles
  • eczema

Imagine ….

….what if would be like to not have to worry about your digestion so much

…to feel at ease, when you eat out or at your mother-in-laws

…to not have to bring your own food to parties

The interesting part?

We are never taught how to heal our bodies after having children.

There is only one postpartum doctor’s appointment for you, yet there are several for your child.

Why is that?

So, what’s the answer? The 4R approach.

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What is the 4R approach?

This method addresses the underlying causes of gut imbalances and restores harmony, helping to alleviate symptoms and maybe even disease.

The program suggests you: Remove> Reinoculate> Repair> Reintroduce

healing stomach lining

How do you heal your gut?

  • Remove all triggers: i.e. all allergens and cross reactors like gluten and dairy.
  • Get off medications (with Dr.’s approval and replace them with natural remedies ).
  • Reduce your stress with meditation, exercise, and botanicals.
  • Heal your gut lining with the 4R approach below.

1. Remove

Take out what ails you.  

The top allergens are:

  • wheat
  • corn
  • eggs
  • dairy
  • peanuts
  • soybeans.

Add in whole grains (like quinoa and rice), organic vegetables, fruit, and healthy fats.

  • Remove allergens for 4-6 weeks {or it may take up to a year to heal your gut if you have an auto-immune disease}
  • Encourage whole, organic foods
  • Consider shopping the perimeter of the grocery store

2. Replace

#1 After 2-4 weeks on the Elimination diet..

#2 Add in bitters

  • I like  Urban Moonshine Bitters
    • This will trigger the digestive system to produce digestive enzymes, secrete bile and balance HCI levels in the stomach.  
    • Take bitters 10-15 minutes before your meal.
    • If you have a lot of nausea with meals or when you take supplements, you might also need some additional stomach acid in the form of a supplement called Betaine HCl, or try 1 Tbs. of apple cider vinegar in water with your meals. {click on links above to see the companies I love}

3.  Reinoculate

Wait 2 weeks on the elimination diet or up to 6 weeks before adding in a probiotic.

  Adding in a probiotic can give you gas and bloating if you do not remove the allergens first.

  • Add a good quality probiotic to restore your gut flora.  I like Klair probiotics.
  • You want it to have a minimum of 5 billion CFU in each dose, and a good range of Lactobacillus and Bifidobacteria species.
  • Fermented foods such as miso, sauerkraut, and kimchee can also be a helpful advantage to your gut, add it into your diet 3-4x week. Although very delicious, kombucha can be high in sugar so consider using sparingly.

4. Repair

Include the following supplement for 6-weeks or more to repair your gut.

The following supplements can be taken for up to 6 months to help to heal the intestinal lining:

  • Tumeric- I personally like to take turmeric in a blended tincture like Adrena nourish
  • Aloe vera
  • Marshmallow root powder
  • DGL licorice (aloe and licorice are not for internal use during pregnancy; these are fine for children) are some of the most effective herbs for healing the gut lining.
    • They are best taken in capsule or extract form, though turmeric can also be added to foods.
      • Do you get heartburn?
        • DGL or diglyceride licorice is a great alternative to tums and does not raise your blood pressure. DGL licorice is available as chewable lozenges and thus may be the simplest one to give to kids.
        • Klair labs has one here or Pure encapsulation combines aloe, slippery elm, and marshmallow root together!
  • Zinc: 5-10 mg/day for children 4-7 years, 10-20 mg/day for children to age 12, 25-40 mg/day for older children and adults.
  • An antioxidant supplement
    • Look for one containing vitamins A and carotenoids, C, E, and selenium. 
    • These are often found in a multivitamin.
    • Pregnant women should get these from their prenatal vitamin only.

Conclusion

If you scored high on the gut health questionnaire, these herbal supplements will help you heal your gut and reduce unwanted digestive issues, along with healing anxiety.  Elimination diets alone will not work unless you add in the gut-healing remedies.

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New Mom Survival Kit- 13 Writing Prompts for PPD

New Mom Survival Kit- 13 Writing Prompts for PPD

What if you could overcome postpartum depression, by changing your mindset?

You must admit, it’s not easy to be a mom.

And.. the transition into motherhood is a rocky road.

Think about this for a moment…

  • Are you wanting to say or doing something that you are not currently doing?
  • Are you craving more support, more time, more nourishment?
  • Do you feel like you’re being held back on your dreams?

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But hang on…

I know it will take more than writing to overcome postpartum depression.  But, I encourage you to explore these questions and see what it brings up for you.

What’s the magic formula?


Here are 13 writing prompts I’ve used over the years to overcome depression and anxiety.

So take out a pretty, girly notepad and begin writing.

#1  Write your birth story

  • Write it in complete detail.  All that you loved, all that you hated, and all that you are thankful for.
  • 👉Action step: Share your story online. Other momma’s need to hear what you’ve been through.

#2 Start with the end in mind

  • What is it that you want to do with this one and only life you have?
  • Are you doing it? What is holding you back?
  • Take a blank sheet of paper and draw a circle.  Write where you want to be when you are 80 years old.  Then write down the steps to get there.
  • 👉Action step: Take one step today to fulfill your life dream. Even if it’s small.  Begin today.

#3 What’s important to you?

  • Take a blank sheet of paper and draw a line down the middle.
  • List 10 things that make you happy on the left side of the paper.  Then list 10 things you’ll say a “no thank you” to on the right side of the paper.

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#4 How can you fill your cup up?

You cannot take care of everyone else if you are depleted.  How can you fill your cup up today? It doesn’t have to cost money or take a lot of time.  Here are some things I do.

  • 10-minute Youtube meditations
  • Baths with magnesium salt and essential oils
  • Write a gratitude list – who are you thankful for?
  • Get my nails done
  • Go for a hike
  • Exercise
  • Make a cup of stinging nettle tea 🍵

Fear is love waiting to exhale…

#5 What are you afraid of doing?

  • One of my biggest fears was closing my Pilates studio.  What would people think? Where would they go? I was more worried about my clients than I was about my own mental health.
  • 👉Action step: So, I ask you.. what are you afraid of doing? Write it down.

#6 Complete these sentences…

  • My favorite place to sit as a child…
  • If I wasn’t this old I would…
  • If I had more time I would…
  • If I wasn’t afraid I would..
  • My favorite childhood game was…
  • If I didn’t sound crazy, I would..

#7 When were you happy?

  • Write about a time when you were very happy.  Where were you? Who were you with? What were you doing?

#8 What was the most traumatic event in your life?

  • Write about any trauma in your life.
  • Then.. write it again as though it was a good thing.  As though, you learned something from it or it made you the person you are today.

When you laugh, the world laughs with you, but when you cry, you cry alone.  – A happy pocketful of money

Decide right now to face everything anew. Your thoughts, become your words and they become your actions. #ppd Click To Tweet

#9 Your thoughts

  • Decide right now to face everything anew.  Your thoughts, become your words and they become your actions.
  • What negative thoughts are you saying to yourself? Write them down.  Gently, gradually release them.
  • 👉 Action step: Turn those thoughts into a positive word.

What comes out of your mouth, comes into your life. – You are a badass at making money.

#10 What do you really want?

If money wasn’t an issue.  If your life was different.  What would you really want? What are you craving? Write these down…

  • The perfect partner
  • The perfect health
  • Your goals in life
  • Your education
  • How much money do you want to make
  • What kind of relationships do you want

#11 What are you grateful for?

  • Have you ever noticed how much love you have around you? How blessed you are?
  • 👉Action step: Write down 5 things you are grateful for today.

#12 How do you play?

  • Have you noticed as we get older, we stop playing? We start “adulting”? What can you do today to be more playful? To have more fun?

#13 Fall in love with yourself…

  • What are you holding against yourself? What do you say about your body every day?
  • 👉Action step: Write down 20 things you love about yourself.  Don’t hold back.  List them.  Love them.  Repeat them often. 💕

The first step is the hardest.

Make a cup of tea. Light a candle and take out your notebook and start writing.

I’d love to know what you uncovered.

Leave a note below and share it with us.

Tara

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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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The secret remedies to overcome Postpartum Anxiety naturally

The secret remedies to overcome Postpartum Anxiety naturally

Admit it.

You’re frustrated and distracted by your anxiety attacks.

Wouldn’t it be great..

  • If you didn’t have to worry your anxiety would get worse?
  • If you didn’t have to worry, that your children would get this?
  • if you didn’t have anxiety before your period, each and every month?

Picture this.

Knowing exactly how to soothe your anxiety and so you can manage it every day. So you can sleep better and not worry so much.

Let me show you how I’ve overcome anxiety with natural remedies.

But hang on… don’t forget to always check with your doctor before adding any new supplements to your diet. And if you’re taking medications, book a health consultation to double-check there are no herb-drug interactions.

Approximately 6% of pregnant women and 10% of postpartum women develop anxiety. Sometimes they experience anxiety alone, and sometimes they experience it in addition to depression.

Want to get started?

In this post, I’ll share how you can overcome postpartum anxiety with natural remedies.


What does postpartum anxiety feel like

Postpartum anxiety feels like a cloud hanging over your head.  There are waves of irritation and you may have a panic attack once in a while, due to this anxiety.

More commonly, moms may say they have …

  • constant worry about their children or others
  • they need to move or work and keep busy
  • they may get sick more often
  • they also have PMS and #pmsrage
  • they’re not mentally there and crave to be more present with their family

Why does postpartum anxiety happen

There could be many reasons postpartum anxiety happens.  As a women’s herbal educator, I help moms identify why this is happening and how to fix it.

Here are some of the reasons postpartum anxiety happens:
  • Low vitamins; particularly Vitamin D, Vitamin A, Iron, Vitamin B12 & DHA
  • Lack of sleep
  • Inflammation in your gut; specifically gut dysbiosis ² Gut-brain axis
  • Your hormones.  Are you in peri-menopause or have too much estrogen in your diet?
  • Your thyroid is off – hypo or hyperthyroid
  • Your nervous system is overreacting due to stress
  • Your body is not healed postpartum
  • Post-traumatic stress; unresolved anger from past events

 

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5 Steps to reduce postpartum anxiety

#1 Identify your triggers

Often alcohol, caffeine, and sometimes foods {gluten & dairy} can trigger a panic attack.  We all know you don’t sleep well even with just one glass of wine! Write down when you get anxiety and what happen the night before.

👉Action step: Take the Gut Health questionnaire to see if you have gut dysbiosis.  Then reach out for a health consultation to help you heal your gut.

#2 Get outside!

Connect with nature again.  Raising little people often gets us stuck inside for long periods of time.  Raising twins, I rarely left the house for the first two years.  I was too busy cooking, cleaning, working and caring for them.  Commit to taking a walk or asking someone to watch your little one so you can get outside – even if it’s winter.

#3 Have your vitamin levels checked

Women are often very depleted during the postpartum time period.  Birth is one of the biggest events of your life, yet there is so little attention paid to mom after childbirth.  It’s insane!

Have your doctor check:

  • your thyroid
  • Vitamins D, B12, iron & DHA
  • consider testing for food sensitivities

#4 Integrate botanicals

Adaptogens and nervines can help soothe your anxiety.

Consider integrating:

  • Ashwagandha tincture for a daily
  • Motherwort tincture for acute panic attacks
  • Chamomile tea to ease evening anxiety
  • Lemon Balm tea, combined with Chamomile & Milky oat tops for a yummy evening tea
  • Milky oat tops tea
  • Stinging nettles tea
  • Passionflower tincture
  • Kava Kave tincture for acute panic attacks
  • St. Johns Wort tincture for depression & anxiety {caution use with SSRI’s}

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#5 Tap into your creative side

What are you going to do with this one life?

Have you ever wondered if you have anxiety because you are suppressing something? That you want to say something or do something, you’re not doing?

👉Action step: Write it down.  Write down your hopes, your dreams, your anger and then let it go.

Conclusion

You can overcome postpartum anxiety when you tap into the root cause.  Vitamin levels, stress, gut health, and meditation can have a profound effect on your health.

What has worked for you? I’d love to know. Comment below.


References

  • ¹ https://www.postpartum.net/learn-more/anxiety-during-pregnancy-postpartum/
  • ² https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5641835/

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Everything You Need To Know About Postpartum Depression

Everything You Need To Know About Postpartum Depression

What if you could STOP postpartum depression fast?

Your body has just been through one of the biggest events of your life.

And you’re expected to INSTANTLY recover.

Isn’t that crazy?

I suffered from PPD for twenty-six long months – Let’s fix this.

Postpartum depression is the thief that steals motherhood. – Cheryl Tatano Beck

Although I endured much great suffering, I vowed to myself to figure this out.

I enrolled to become a women’s herbal educator with Dr. Aviva Romm, to find out how to heal myself without medication.

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In this post, I’ll share what I’ve learned about PPD and how you can prevent it now or with your next pregnancy.

How does Postpartum Depression (PPD) happen?

The cause of PPD remains unknown, but some suggest reasons are…

  • The rapid changes in hormones during the postpartum period
  • Thyroid insufficiency (The thyroid can go from Hyperthyroid to Hypothyroidism 2-5 months after birth)
  • A rapid drop in insulin levels
  • Inadequate vitamins & minerals
  • Mother-child separation and negative birth experience
  • Lack of social and emotional support
  • Sleep deprivation
  • Your gut health
You don't need more medication for postpartum depression, you need deep nourishment. - Tara Gregorio Click To Tweet

When does Postpartum Depression start?

Postpartum depression starts 2- 3 weeks after birth and can last up to a year or longer.

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8 Tips To Prevent Postpartum Depression

#1 Ask for help!

  • As my girlfriend has said: “You are becoming “superwoman”. And, superwoman would ask for help.
  • It is “ok” if you can’t do this by yourself, call someone today!
  • Please, ask your friends and family for help– they want to help you.

#2 Talk about PPD with everyone

#3 Get adequate rest

  • Sleep deprivation is real – especially if you’re a mom of multiples!
  • Ask someone to watch the kids, sleep, and rest.
  • The house will be a mess, let it be.
  • You need to restore your health.

#4 Optimize nutrition

  • It has been suggested women are lacking valuable nutrients during the postpartum period.
  • When I opened my eyes after childbirth, it looked like a war zone! So much blood.
  • With that amount of blood loss, I had to restore my body with valuable vitamins.

The 6 must-have Postpartum Supplements

    1. Essential Fatty Acids – important for a healthy nervous system.  It is recommended to supplement with 1-3 g/day of fish oil with DHA and EPA to reduce depression.
    2. B vitamins – needed for the growth of red blood cells, energy levels, and proper nerve function
    3. Zinc – known to boost immunity, reduce viral illnesses, and aid gut health,  add Zinc to your diet to restore your overall health.
    4. Iron – A mineral vital to the proper function of hemoglobin, a protein needed to transport oxygen in the blood. Liver and red meat are the #1 sources of iron.  If you are anemic, you can add in Floradix; a non-constipating, herbal iron supplement.
    5. Probiotics – If you’ve had a C-section or digestive issues, adding a probiotic 2-3 months after birth can help your body AND also reduce allergies in your child’s health. I like Klair probiotics. 
    6. Magnesium – to soothe anxiety and reduce constipation

#5 Eat often to prevent insulin drops

  • Low blood sugar, can have a dramatic effect on your mood.  Add healthy fat and protein with each meal.postpartumdepression

#6 Incorporate botanicals to soothe anxiety

  • Your anxiety & depression matters and it’s not going away anytime soon!
  • Learn how to use herbs when your breastfeeding, to make life easier.
    • Look for Class 1 botanicals to use if you’re breastfeeding to soothe anxiety and boost your energy.  {Pin the image!}
    • A cup of Chamomile and Lemon Balm tea with a tincture of motherwort can do wonders for your stress.

Herbs for depression

  • Consider incorporating St. John’s wort if you feel comfortable.  Watch this video to learn how you can add it in safely:

#7 Add adaptogens to ease sleep deprivation

#8 Integrate medications when necessary

{Please contact an emergency hotline if you are having suicidal thoughts for yourself or your children}
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Is postpartum depression, baby blues?

  • There is a difference between Baby blues and postpartum depression.
  • Baby blues are considered “normal” postnatal hormonal adjustments.
  • It begins day 3-4 and lasts up to 14 days. Symptoms include crying, irritability, fatigue, and anxiety.
The key difference between baby blues and postpartum depression? Baby blues are punctuated with periods of elation or happiness and postpartum depression is not. Click To Tweet

 

When does postpartum depression start?

  • PPD can begin 2-3 weeks postpartum and can last up to a year or longer.
  • Symptoms include agitation, anxiety and panic attacks, confusion, despair, guilt, hopelessness, loneliness, nightmares, thoughts of hurting oneself or the baby.
  • There are no punctuations of happiness or elation.

Where do you go for Postpartum Depression support?

Contact: Postpartum Support International

They note:

“You can also contact our warmline directly and speak to a volunteer who will provide support, information, and resources where you live. Leave a message on our warmline 1.800.944.4773, and one of our volunteers will call you back asap. Calls are returned within 24 hours, and typically within a few hours of your request. If you are in crisis or need more immediate help…please call 911 or call the Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.”

Conclusion

I believe postpartum depression can be reduced when you begin nourishing your body with a healthy diet, supplements, botanicals, community, and healthy mindset shifts.

It’s ok to ask for help.  You are not broken.

And.. when you overcome this, you will be stronger than you were before.

Sending you love

Tara


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Why adaptogens are perfect for PPD

Why adaptogens are perfect for PPD

Have you heard about adaptogens yet?

This may be the secret ingredient you need to overcome PPD.

But hang on… before we dive in, always check with your doctor before adding any herbal supplements to your diet.

And, if you need medication now – please start taking it and integrate these suggestions with your doctor.

The reality is, it takes a multi-directional approach to heal postpartum depression. And.. adaptogens are just one piece of the puzzle.

But.. they could be life-changing.  So, let’s get started.

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First, What are the Postpartum Depression Signs?

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It’s as if you are living outside of your world, looking in and you cannot recognize the woman you see. You may experience any or all of these:

  • Agitation
  • Anxiety
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Confusion
  • Despair
  • Difficulty relaxing
  • Feeling inadequate
  • Guilt
  • Hopelessness
  • Inability to cope or function with daily life
  • Insomnia
  • Irritability
  • Irrational concern for the baby’s well-being
  • Joylessness
  • Loss of interest in normal activities
  • Memory loss
  •  Poor concentration
  • Sadness
  • Thoughts of hurting oneself or the baby ·

Note: You should report all of these symptoms to your doctor, especially if you’re struggling with thoughts of hurting yourself or the baby. The vast majority of women with PPD will not harm their babies. But the fear that you might be can be petrifying and all-consuming. Professional help is available. NYC health lists.

What are adaptogens?

Adaptogens are a category of herbs that help us adapt to stress.

I know. That sounds so simple.  But, they really do help.

Adaptogens For Stress

  • Panax Ginseng
  • Ashwagandha
  • Holy Basil
  • Astragalus
  • Licorice
  • Rhodiola

How do they work?

Essentially, the HPA Axis (or hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis ) is how our brain and body communicate with each other — and when we’re stressed out, it sets in motion a series of hormonal and neuroendocrine responses that control our body’s primary alert system, known as the “fight or flight” response.

When you’re in fight or flight, you may experience increased heart rate, increase blood pressure, a sudden need to pee or dilated pupils. Sounds smells, and colors may all become more vivid because all of our senses go on high alert as well.

The problem is that many of us live in a chronic state of fight or flight, especially in the postpartum years when you’re being woken up at all times of the night, or constantly having to jump up every time a baby cries.

Over time, this can lead to dysfunction. The HPA Axis loses its ability to shut off and leaves us in fight or flight mode all day long. If you’re struggling with PPD, you’re probably stuck in this mode as well.

A category of herbs called adaptogens can help regulate this stress response. In traditional medicine systems, these are also known as “tonics” and their purpose is to help restore adrenal health, ease anxieties and reduce cortisol levels.

Postpartum Adaptogens

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My favorite adaptogen to use with a postpartum breastfeeding mom is Ashwagandha, known as the “strength of stallions”.

  • It strengthens the immune system
  • reduces cortisol levels
  • balances thyroid hormones
  • (It’s considered a Level 1 category, in the herb/risk during lactation categories and considered safe to take when you’re breastfeeding.

If you’re not breastfeeding ginseng (Panax ginseng), St. John’s wort, Schisandra and Kava Kava may help as well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Ashwagandha While Breastfeeding

Here’s the thing….

  • If you choose not to take medications, you’ll suffer for many years with insomnia, depression, and anxiety. And, It may get worse.
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  • If you choose to take medications, you may struggle with side effects like loss of libido, incontinence, and weight gain. {some women do need this and it’s ok!}

So, you have to decide what is right for you at this time in your life.

 

Conclusion

When taken correctly, adaptogens and nervines can support you when you are going through anxiety and depression.

If you are struggling, please ask for help.  Medication may be the right answer for you, but it doesn’t mean forever.  Diet, community, sleep, and nutrition can help reduce your symptoms and help you feel like yourself again.

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References:

What causes postpartum depression? Dr. Kelly Brogan

Certified women’s herbal educator, Tara Gregorio is helping moms around the world reduce medications with herbs & homeopathy. Learn more about Tara here: https://taragregorio.com/
16 Herbs Every Breastfeeding Mom Should Know About

16 Herbs Every Breastfeeding Mom Should Know About

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

  • You only want what is best and safest for your little one.
  • But, here’s the thing.. breastfeeding is not always that blissful.
  • Chances are you’ve tried breastfeeding and now struggling are 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.

If you're struggling with milk supply, address your stress first. Click To Tweet

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 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

Here are 12 botanicals to increase your milk supply and please don’t turn to beer to help you!

12 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.

Watch this video to review the herbs above.

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

#3 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.

#1 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.

#2 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

#1 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

#2 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.

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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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