Herbs And Breastfeeding


Herbs and Breastfeeding Safety

Most herbs are acceptable for use during breastfeeding, but one should be cautious about herbs that contain alkaloids.

The nourishing qualities of these plants and herbs are amazing, and have been used for centuries by breastfeeding mothers...


Table of Contents

Herbs and breast feeding information

- Herbs for mastitis natural healing.

- Herbs to avoid during breastfeeding.

- Herbs to increase breast milk supply.

- Herbs for weaning, oversupply of breast milk.

- Herbs safety during pregnancy.

- Herbs that help for depression during breastfeeding.

- Natural herbal antibiotics during breastfeeding.

- Herbal teas that are safe to drink during breastfeeding.

- A healthy herbal tonic for all breastfeeding moms


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Herbs that Decrease Breast Milk Supply

- Oregano, Parsley, Peppermint, menthol and spearmint, Sage (which is actually used for weaning or for healing mastitis), Sorrel, Thyme, Chickweed, Periwinkle and Cocoa. (Not a complete list)


Dangerous Herbs while Breastfeeding

Some herbs that can actually harm Baby during breastfeeding

- Rhubarb root, Evodia, Star anise, Sophora root, Ginseng, Bladderwrack, Angelica Root, Indian Snakeroot, Wormwood, Coltsfoot, Chaparral, Petasites root, Ginkgo, Kava, Valerian, Coptis, Aloe, Senna, Borrage, Licorice, Basil, Ephedra and Rue. (Not a complete list)


Safe to Drink while Breastfeeding

Herbal Teas that are safe to drink for breastfeeding mothers

(Celestial Seasonings is a good make, that lists all ingredients)

Avoid the pharmacologically active herbal teas.

- Orange cinnamon, Lemon lift, Raspberry tea, Rose hips - contains a lot of Vitamin C.


Lactation Herbs fo
r Increasing Breastfeeding Milk Supply

- Galactagogues are those herbs that establish and promote the flow of the mother's milk.

- The fenugreek herb: Fenugreek is safe for those who do not have low blood sugar levels. It may cause colic, stomach upset and diarrhoea in some babies. Fenugreek milk produced, can sometimes smell and taste like maple syrup. It may even result in Mom smelling like maple syrup.

- Blessed thistle herb.

The herb milk thistle should be taken in moderate amounts.

- Fennel: Should be taken in small quantities (Fennel oil should be avoided)

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- Raspberry leaf herbs increase milk supply, and are very subtle.

- Goat's rue is great for lactation and is widely used around the world.

- Brewer's yeast.

- Alfalfa.

- Nettle tea.

- Hops flowers.

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- Mothers milk tea: Can be taken 4 times daily (Mother milk tea contains fenugreek, fennel and blessed thistle)


Herbs and Breastfeeding
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Other Helpful Breastfeeding Herbs

- Enchinacea: For colds and flu; to boost your immune system and to heal breast infections.

- Phytolacca Decandra: Helps heal breast infections, mastitis and cracked nipples.

- Calendula cream: For Cracked or bleeding nipples.

- Garlic: Will increase baby’s appetite. (It improves the taste of Mom's milk)

- Olive leaf extract: Can be used as a natural antibiotic, so that you can continue to breastfeed.

- Hops flowers: Has calming properties, but also promotes increased milk production.


Overall Healthy Herbal Tonics for Breastfeeding Moms

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Herbal drinks that will revitalize you, and give you strength for breastfeeding

Get together equal quantities (about a handful each) of Nettle leaves (gives you energy), Oatsraw (high in calcium) and Red Raspberry leaves (great for milk supply).

Put them in a jar (1 quart) Fill with boiling water, cover and seep for four hours.

Strain and drink (you can mix with fruit juice to taste)


Herbs for Weaning and Oversupply

Weaning or oversupply

- Herb Robert, Red sage, Garden mint and Periwinkle.


Mastitis Herbs

Herbs that help heal mastitis

- Cleavers: Keeps the swelling down (40 drops in warm water every three hours).

- Calendula: Drink one cup every four hours, for drainage of lymph fluids.

- Echinacea root: Fights the infection like an antibiotic.

- Prickly ash: Increases your immunity against mastitis.


Herbs During Pregnancy

Herbs during pregnancy that are safe

Red raspberry leaf, Blessed thistle, Fenugreek, Nettle leaf (rich in calcium, magnesium and iron)

Nettle leaf decreases the risk of piles during pregnancy.


Herbs and Depression
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Safe while Breastfeeding

- St. John’s wort: Should not be taken in conjunction with any other depression medication.

- Evening primrose oil.

- Motherwort.

- Blessed thistle. (Will also increase supply)

More on PPD here




Other pages on “breastfeeding problems” in connection with herbs and nursing

- Low milk supply

- Fenugreek breastfeeding

- Lactogenic foods

- Breastfeeding Thrush

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