Monday, October 15, 2012

Day 15: Beyond Mother's Tea {31 Days of Making More Milk}

We already covered some of my favorite Mother's Teas, but there are some other lactogenic beverages that you may not know about!



Try some of these delicious brews from Hilary Jacobsen's book, Mother Food:

Almond Milk (homemade is better!)
Coffee Substitutes (CARO, Roma, Cafix, Pero, Dandy Blend, the key ingredients being barley, dandelion, chicory, and malt)
Barley water
Beer, non-alcoholic, unfiltered, or Guinness Stout from Ireland (one of the only beers that still uses barley)
2-4 oz. Beet juice, freshly pressed (stir in a touch of cream, sour cream, or coconut milk for better assimilation of the nutrients)
2-4 oz. Carrot juice, freshly pressed (stir in a touch of cream, sour cream, or coconut milk for better assimilation of the nutrients)
Chai tea (preferably decaffeinated!)
Coconut Milk Tonic
Green drinks and juices that contain spirulina and wheatgrass (use moderately, these can cause mild detox symptoms)
Herbal root-beers
Kombucha (use moderately, these can cause mild detox symptoms)
Nettle tea
Plain water (fancy it up by adding lemon, lime, cucumber, etc.)
Real ginger ale 
Rice Milk (homemade is better!)
Rivella (herbal soft drink from Switzerland)

Make Your Own Barley Water!

Barley water is an ancient remedy.

Quick Version: 1⁄2 cup pearled barley, simmer in 1 quart of water for 20 minutes. If the liquid is too thick to drink, add more water. When finished cooking, remove from stove and drain off water into a jar. You are saving the water and throwing away the grain.

Long Version (the longer the barley simmers, the stronger the effect): 1 cup whole barley simmered in 3 quarts water for up to 2 hours. Half of the liquid should cook off. If the liquid is too thick to drink, add more water. When finished cooking, remove from stove and drain off water into a jar. You are saving the water and throwing away the grain.

Dosage: Take for 1-2 weeks. Drink warm throughout the day. You can sweeten to taste with honey, stevia, rapadura, sugar, or another natural (not artificial!) sweetener.


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This is the fifteenth post in the series 31 Days of Making More Milk. Read yesterday's post about power pumping or start from the beginning here

1 comment:

  1. I hear that chicory is not recommended for breastfeeding mothers, but the book seems to recommend coffee substitutes that contain chicory (ex. Cafix). Did you try any of them and did you run into any issues?

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