Sunday, October 7, 2012

Day 7: Milk-Making Tea {31 Days of Making More Milk}



It's Day 7 and the end of our first week in the 31 Days series! I hope you're getting some encouragement and some new ideas to help you support and boost your milk supply. Remember, keep snacking and drinking your water!

Today is all about tea. These specially formulated mother teas contain a combinations of traditional herbs that have been known for centuries to increase milk supply, normally including Fenugreek, Fennel, Anise, and Alfalfa. These teas are definitely a must-try for anyone worried about their milk production.

There is some disagreement on exactly how much needs to be drunk to really see a difference. My opinion? Everyone is different, so experiment! Start out with at least 2-3 cups per day (8 oz. each) and increase/decrease from there. If it isn't working, it probably means you aren't drinking enough.

Honestly, I don't really care for the taste of the tea. But I've found that making it into iced tea mellows the flavor out enough for me to drink quite a bit. Experiment with different brands and see which one suits your tastebuds, and then come back and let me know what you prefer!

And since it's an herbal tea and doesn't contain caffeine, it can contribute towards your daily water goal.

It's easy to make and lasts a few days when I use a big pitcher, a half gallon mason jar, or one of the outdoor iced tea jugs to store the tea in and keep it in the fridge.

My three favorite brands (so far, but I'm always looking for something new to try):






Contains (organic):  Fennel seed, Fenugreek seed, Raspberry leaf, Stinging Nettle leaf, Milk Thistle, Orange peel, Anise seed, Caraway seed, Alfalfa Leaf





Contains (organic): Red Rooibos Tea, Raspberry leaf, Lemon Balm, Fenugreek seed, Fennel seed,  Marshmallow root, Blessed Thistle, Rosehips, and Anise seed




Contains (organic): 

Fennel seed, Anise seed, Coriander, Fenugreek seed, Blessed Thistle, Spearmint, Lemongrass, Lemon Verbena, and Marshmallow Root

Do you use a "more milk" tea, and if so, did it work and what brand is your favorite? Were you drinking enough to tell a difference?

 - - - This is seventh post in my 31 Days of Making More Milk series. Read yesterday's list of favorite breastfeeding books or start from the beginning here.

3 comments:

  1. So, I don't like tea or coffee AT ALL. Do you think I'll be able to stomach the EMAB brand?

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    1. Hm, I'm not sure if you'd like it, then. I'm not a huge fan of the flavor of the tea when it's hot, but can do it when it's iced, and I'm not even a big iced tea fan. But, it's still tea ;)

      Try looking at the Day 15 posts re: beyond Mother's Tea for some more ideas, there might be something on there that you'd enjoy drinking more!

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