Is Rooibos tea safe while breastfeeding?

I have terrible seasonal allergies in spring. I've read that Rooibus tea was a safe way to curb the symtoms by drinking about 2 cups a day. Is this safe while breastfeeding?

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Mar 12, 2012
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yes, it is safe
by: Tracy

Hi!

Yes, it is safe. You can have up to 3 cups of any caffeinated drink per day...you could have more rooiboss than this though, because it is virtually caffeine free and even given to infants to calm colic symptoms. I gave it to both my children expressed with breast milk from about two months, it helps them sleep better too.

Mar 14, 2012
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I found Chai Rooibos!
by: Anonymous

Well, reporting back. I have went to our local co-op and found Chai Rooibos. They did not have plain rooibos tea available. So far I have drank two cups yesterday, and today I can breathe!! The only concern is the other herbs in this tea. They are: Cardamom Seed, Cinnamon Bark, Ginger Root, Clove Bud, and Stevia Leaf. I know that some of these are safe, but some puzzle me. Could you help me figure out if some of these are not safe? My baby has was real fussy yesterday evening and night, and I'm hoping it was just a fluke, and not related to the tea in my breastmilk. Thanks again for my feedback on the first comment. It was so helpful!

Mar 14, 2012
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other tea ingredients
by: Anonymous

Some make their own tea with Cardemon to help strengthen the quality and quantity of their breast milk. You are allowed to use this in your food too while breastfeeding

Cinnamon is definitely not dangerous.

Ginger is safe while breastfeeding, ginger has been used to help with milk letdown and milk flow.

There has been no studies done on nursing mothers when it comes to stevia leaf. It is apparently non-toxic at normal doses (of very small amounts) It is considered by many to be safe during lactation.

I’m not sure about the clove bud (if it is the same as clove oil, I don’t think small amounts of this could do anything)…can’t find any info on that one. Since all the other ingredients in your tea are safe, I don’t see how the small amounts of Clove bud could be causing a problem, since very small amounts of anything ever really get to baby though a mothers breast milk.

As with most herbs while breastfeeding, they should not be taken in huge quantities.

Maybe you should look at a few other shops for plain rooibos if you are still worried about it. I could also contact you via email if you like, here is South Africa Rooibos is sold everywhere. We could maybe arrange shipment of a few boxes.


Aug 28, 2014
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Rooibos Tea
by: Anonymous

Check out http://www.davidstea.com/rooibos-en

They have some just strait Rooibos teas. I love their green and fruity though.

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