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DOES LACTATION TEA REALLY WORK?
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DOES LACTATION TEA REALLY WORK?

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 A delightful blend of herbs, lactation tea is a popular natural choice for mums during their postpartum journey to boost milk supply for babies. Created using herbs that are well known to boost lactation, this tea is commonly used by new mums to ensure baby is satisfied and there is an abundance of milk.

In this article, we explore whether lactation tea works, what herbs are in lactation tea and whether it is safe for breastfeeding mothers to consume.

So...Does Lactation Tea Really Work?

Mums of newborns and mums-to-be are always on the hunt for the best way to ensure a solid supply of breastmilk. If you have started to explore ways to boost breastmilk supply or ensure you’re up to date with some natural ways to enhance supply for your child, lactation tea could be a wonderful way to get around any breastfeeding challenging and assist in milk production.

The big question asked by many, is does lactation tea work? Using herbs to support lactation is not a new thing; it’s something that has been used worldwide for generations. Natural ingredients such as goats rue, blessed thistle, nettle, vervain, lemongrass, hibiscus, rose, and rosehip all work to support breastmilk and enhance lactation.

 What is in lactation tea?

While each blend will be unique, The Breastfeeding Tea Co has created a natural and organic blend of lactation tea that is fenugreek-free, caffeine-free, hand-blended and naturally free from gluten, soy, diary, and sugar.

 Ingredients in lactation tea include:

-   Goats rue – this natural ingredient is a key ingredient to increasing milk production and has been shown to increase milk supply by up to 50%. Goats rue has been used historically for lactation, and there is a great deal of research to show its benefits.

 -   Blessed thistle – a cure-all that has been used to boost the mother’s milk supply and oxytocin which releases milk in the female body. Blessed thistle works by increasing prolactin levels, which then works to promote the flow of breastmilk in a lactating mother’s body.

-   Nettle – with nourishing and balancing effects, nettle used in lactation tea works to boost energy after childbirth and support the mother’s body as lactation commences. The herb works to promote the flow of breastmilk and works with the nerves in the nipple to become activated.

 -   Vervain – working with the nervous system, this beneficial herb strengthens the nervous system and relaxes any tension in the body to allow for successful lactation and breastfeeding. Vervain works closely with the gut to ensure a positive boost to the digestive system.

-   Lemongrass – an ingredient that is commonly used to promote lymph flow, lemongrass is commonly used in anti-inflammation and to reduce stress. When the body is relaxed and calm, lactation is much easier for the body.

-   Hibiscus – packed with antioxidants, this hibiscus herb is nourished with vitamin c, antioxidants and minerals and can reduce stress and help with any issues a mother is experiencing with inflammation.

 -   Rosehip – working with the spleen and stomach, rosehip as a herbal ingredient in lactation tea is calming and packed with antioxidants and can work as an adrenal tonic. Helping the adrenals is essential after childbirth and during breastfeeding.

-   Rose – known for its calming benefits, rose is essential to help with viral infections, anxiety and to boost the clarity of the skin.

Combined together, these organic and herbal ingredients are blended to create a lactation tea that works to help mothers boost breastmilk supply. Lactation tea can be consumed from birth and the combination of four lactogenic ingredients are well known to provide lactation.

 Is Lactation Tea Safe?

Lactation tea from The Breastfeeding Tea Co is created using natural and organic ingredients. The tea is caffeine-free, hand-blended, Australian owned and made, and naturopath formulated.

You can have peace of mind you are purchasing a lactation tea that is free from gluten, soy, diary, fenugreek and sugar and expertly formulated as a natural and safe solution for lactation.

Won’t it give my baby colic?

Our lactation tea is organic and formulated using the finest natural ingredients. All ingredients are free from gluten, soy, diary, and sugar, making it safe for mother and baby.

You can use lactation tea and colic tea at the same time due to their complementary benefits. Both tea blends have their own benefits and work well together. Colic tea’s natural ingredients include aniseed, caraway, nettle, and fennel, and both blends are a great way to boost lactation and help relieve babies with colic or wind.

Still Not Sure? Check out the Science

If you’d like to see the research and science behind the ingredients that go into lactation tea, check out our references below for more information. There are some fantastic global resources gathered to keep consumers up to date on all the latest herbs and organic ingredients to help mother and baby on their breastfeeding journey.

References provided by our consulting naturopath and medical herbalist: 

Goats Rue - traditionally considered to be a potent galactagogue (increases milk production) and Goats Rue has a long history of use for this purpose.   It has been shown to increase milk output by up to 50% in some cases.

Ref:  1.  Hoffman, The New Holistic Herbal  2.  Mediherb

Blessed Thistle - traditionally Blessed Thistle was seen as a cure-all for anything - it was highly valued.  It has a long history of use for gas, constipation and digestive problems.  It has been found to also possess some ant-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.  Today Blessed Thistle is primarily used for lactating mothers to improve milk supply and is considered to be one of the best herbs to do this. 

Ref: 1. Hoffman, The New Holistic Herbal   2. Wikipedia - Edibility and Medicinal Use

Nettle - traditionally used as a galactagogue for nursing mothers, Nettle was also used by herbalists for its strengthening and supporting role in the body thus making it useful as a tonic herb after childbirth.  It combines well with Goats Rue and Blessed Thistle to promote the flow of breast milk for lactating mothers.

Ref: 1.  Hoffman, The New Holistic Herbal

Vervain - this herb is traditionally used as a nervous system tonic, helping the body cope with stress of all kinds, and is especially helpful where the digestive system is affected.  It also has a traditional history as a possible galactagogue.

Ref:  1. Hoffman, The New Holistic Herbal   2.  Mediherb Prescriber  Reference 2nd Ed.

Lemongrass - traditional use to support milk flow and digestion.  Other traditional uses are to improve lymph flow, as an anti-inflammatory and to reduce stress.

Ref:  1.  ScienceDirect - Galactagogues

Hibiscus - a rich source of antioxidants which have numerous health benefits.

Ref:  1.  Dr Axe  2.  HealthLine

Rose - traditionally used to calm and relax and balance.

Ref:  1.  PDF for Essential Oils

Rosehip - a natural source of Vitamin C and traditionally used as a tonic where exhaustion is a factor.

Ref:  1.  Hoffman, The New Holistic Herbal

To explore lactation tea and colic tea, click here or view the full breastfeeding collection including cookies, probiotics, colostrum expressing kits and more in our shop.

 

Jordana Edwards is founder of Clean Tea Australia and The Breastfeeding Tea Co. Created in 2013 in collaboration with her naturopath mother, Jordana first sold Clean Tea at the markets in Byron Bay before growing her “little tea stall” into a multimillion dollar ecommerce global business.As the recipient of an astounding 5 awards at the 2020 Ausmumprenuer Awards, this business powerhouse has also been listed as one of the 2020 Remodista International “Women to Watch” in business disruption, as well as being a nominee as a Facebook “Community Leader” for her work training, mentoring and supporting women in business in her local and rural area.

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