Those of us who breast feed may eventually find ourselves at the point of worry: Am I making enough milk? Is he getting enough to eat? Will I be able to pump enough this time? How do I increase my supply?
Enter Traditional Medicinals with their amazing Organic Mother’s Milk Tea. This product is by far one of the best lactation teas I have found in the mainstream grocery store. It’s readily available all the time at both of the locations I usually shop at – Publix super markets and Target Superstore – and I believe the price is reasonable. I believe I paid $4.99 for a box of 16 tea bags.
The main ingredient in this tea that promotes lactation is Fenugreek, an herb which is highly regarded when it comes to breast milk production, and which is also related to legumes. The other main ingredient is organic fennel. The tea itself tastes a lot like black licorice – something most people either love, or hate. Personally, I think it tastes fabulous. I love the naturally sweet aroma and flavor from the addition of anise, and the fact that these particular herbs have been used for centuries around the world to promote healthy lactation. This is important to me because it tells me that this tea isn’t just a money maker that offers false promise; on the contrary, it really does work wonders.
The box says to pour 8 oz. of freshly boiled water over the tea bag and to cover the cup, allowing it to steam for 10 minutes or so. This is much longer than the average time in which you would steep a regular tea bag, but this is to ensure the optimum flavor and as much of the herbs as possible are infused into the water. Once it has steeped for the recommended 10 minutes, squeeze every last bit of deliciousness into the cup, wasting nothing. Then, drink up. You ca have up to 5 cups of this tea per day to promote healthy lactation. The best part? It’s naturally caffeine free and therefore completely safe for you and baby.
I have found my supply has nearly doubled from drinking 3 cups of this tea every day. A double in volume from a tea alone is pretty spectacular, in my opinion!
Women who have an allergy to the parsley family, or the daisy family, should not consume this tea.
I love to brew a hot cup of Mother’s Milk as often as I get a chance – which, let’s be honest – with a 7 month old isn’t always the easiest thing in the world. But, on the rare occasion I do get to enjoy just a few minutes to myself, either late at night or while taking the rare bath with candles, I will always have a fresh cup by my side.