Peppermint and Breastfeeding
Peppermint (Mentha piperita)/Menthol are herbs
that are generally avoided while breastfeeding but are sometimes
used to treat oversupply or used during weaning and should be avoided in
copious amounts during breastfeeding, as it can reduce milk supply.
Many doctors would also recommend that you drink very little peppermint tea, as peppermint tea contains menthol, which may pass through the breast milk and cause diarrhea and/or skin irritation in the infant.
A good tea to drink during breastfeeding is a caffeine-free Rooibos tea, as it is low in tannins.
What is Peppermint Good for when Breastfeeding?
- You can apply lukewarm peppermint tea to sore nipples to
relieve pain and inflammation. Peppermint contains antibacterial
properties that can increase tissue flexibility, which can prevent nipple injury.
- Peppermint tea breastfeeding: Some mothers drink peppermint tea
to reduce pain after a c-section. If you want to try this and are
breastfeeding, I would recommend only having one or two cups per day.
Peppermint tea is a weak form of peppermint, and you would need to drink
large amounts before it would affect your milk supply.
- Menthol breastfeeding therapy for weaning purposes. Some mothers have claimed to
decrease their milk supply with strong peppermint candies like Altoids.
Peppermint oil has also been used for the same purpose.
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