Nursing mothers often worry if their baby has enough breast milk. Any anxiety, crying, or a change in one’s own feelings can lead a woman to doubt her ability to feed her child. A common solution in this situation is to drink tea for lactation.
Some moms claim that this tool really helped them increase their milk production. Others say the opposite.
However, before you enter tea into the diet, it is worthwhile to thoroughly understand its composition, risks and principle of action.
Sometimes, when there is a shortage of breast milk, a woman may be advised to drink more fluids. This can be plain water, tea with milk or special purchased “lactogonic” products. Of course, the water balance in the body of a nursing mother allows her to feel well.
However, excessive fluid intake can not affect the volume of breast milk. To verify this fact, it is worth a little deeper into the physiology of lactation.
During lactation, the concentration of certain hormones in the mother’s blood increases. Prolactin is the main hormone that triggers milk production.
Its formation is supported by frequent sucking of the breast.
In order to ensure sufficient secretion of milk, on average it is necessary to apply a child at least 12 times a day (including at night). Babies of the first three months feed on demand.
Due to frequent and prolonged sucking, the body of a nursing woman receives signals to form a new secret.
The whole lactation process is based on two main principles:
- the more often breast stimulation occurs, the higher the milk production;
- the more secret is derived, the more abundant it is produced.
Sometimes mothers decide that they need to drink tea for lactation, based on the feedback from friends or experienced relatives. But you can meet quite contradictory judgments. Someone convinces that it is thanks to tea that there is more milk.
Others did not notice any action. Still others felt the opposite effect. All these opinions have a bright tint of personal experience.
Therefore, each mother should study reliable information before using any tea to increase lactation.
A reliable source can be considered an electronic reference “E-lactation”. It is based on the Spanish Association for the Support and Promotion of Breastfeeding (APILAM). The resource is available for study in English and Spanish.
Standard translator or basic knowledge will allow you to easily understand the essence of the text. If you enter in the search box the name of the plant or active substance in Latin, the site will show the degree of risk of its use during lactation:
- “0”. Very low risk – very low;
- “one”. Low risk – low;
- “2”. High risk – high;
- “3”. Very high risk – very high.
Tea for lactation: the main components and their safety
The composition of most lactation teas is about the same. It is necessary to talk separately about each of the components that most often form the basis of “lactogonic” drinking.
Security is assessed using the resource described above.
Table – Herbs, their properties and the effect on lactation according to APILAM
|Plant name||Risk assessment by APILAM||Comments by APILAM|
|Fennel||2||– Contains neurotoxic essential oil (anethol), which is capable of causing convulsions; |
– positive impact on the production of breast milk has not been proven;
– in significant amounts can lead to weakness, vomiting and hypotension in mom and baby
|Anise||one||– Some components of the plant in high dosage can reduce milk production; |
– can cause convulsions, coma, violation of the structure or functions of the nervous system;
– The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has banned anise for children under 12;
– the ability to increase the production of breast milk has not been proven
|Caraway||0||– Non-toxic; |
– The effect on the production of breast milk has not been studied.
|Melissa||0||– The degree of excretion (excretion) in human milk has not been studied; |
– the grass is non-toxic only in small doses.
|Nettle||0||– Non-toxic; |
– reasonable and moderate consumption during lactation is allowed;
– the degree of excretion (excretion) in human milk has not been studied
|Lemon Verbena||0||– Non-toxic; |
– The effect on the production of breast milk has not been studied;
– Accidental or minimal penetration into the body of a nursing mother is considered acceptable.
|Fenugreek||0||– Non-toxic; |
– in moderate doses is compatible with natural feeding;
– positive impact on the production of breast milk has not been proven;
– excess dosage is fraught with hypoglycemia, that is, low blood glucose
|Goat Meat (Galega)||2||– A positive effect on the production of breast milk has not been proven; |
– The German Federal Ministry of Health does not recognize the benefits of the plant and urges not to use it for medical purposes.
Suppose a nursing mother consulted a doctor and decided nevertheless to try the purchased lactation product. The next step is to find the right drink.
Further review of the popular “lactic” means.
Phytotea of the domestic manufacturer – JSC Krasnogorskleksredstva. The company claims that the drug can increase the volume of breast milk by 45%.
However, links to relevant research does not lead.
It consists of a mixture of fruits of fennel, anise, cumin and nettle leaves. Tea packaging for lactation “Laktafitol” contains 20 filter bags, which, according to moms, is very convenient to brew.
One or two bags must be drawn in 200 ml of boiling water. The resulting solution is taken orally in half a glass twice a day.
The recommended course is two to four weeks. Before using the manufacturer advises to consult a doctor.
Granulated loose tea for lactation “Human” is produced in Germany. In the first place in the composition – sugar, so the drink has a sweet taste.
In addition to sugar, tea includes extracts of such plants: hibiscus, fennel, rooibos, verbena, raspberry, galega and fenugreek.
How to use: 1.5 tablespoons diluted in 100 ml of pure water. In case of personal intolerance of any component, the manufacturer recommends to refuse such a drink.
Hipp Lactation Tea is a highly soluble free-flowing drink of Swiss origin. Includes various extracts (lemon balm, nettle, cumin, anise, fennel and galega).
This mixture is supplemented with dextrose (i.e., glucose), maltodextrin (molasses) and different flavors depending on the type of drink.
The presence of sugars gives the tea for lactation “Hipp” sweetish taste. The manufacturer advises to dilute four teaspoons of the mixture in a glass of water and drink two cups per day.
According to reviews, tea for lactation “Hipp” is easy to use and has a pronounced herbal taste.
Herbal tea “Laktavit” is also a product of the Russian company OAO Krasnogorskleksredstva. Sold in the form of filter bags.
On the package it is indicated that the agent is a biologically active additive to the nutrition of a nursing mother. The drink consists of the fruits of fennel, anise, cumin and nettle leaves.
This herbal collection does not contain sugar and flavors. To properly prepare the tea, one or two bags are placed in a container with 200 ml of hot water.
When the solution is infused (about 15 minutes), it should be taken in half a cup while eating twice a day. The manufacturer advises to take a course in two to four weeks.
There is a note that it is advisable to consult a doctor before use.
Packaged tea under the brand “Babushkino Lukoshko” is produced by a large Russian industrial holding “Sivma”. In the line two options – with wild rose and anise.
The rest of the compositions are similar: fennel, nettle, cumin, lemon balm.
The manufacturer advises to apply this tea throughout the entire period of lactation. The course lasts two to three weeks and repeats after the same period of time. Cooking rules: brew one bag in a glass of water and insist three to five minutes.
On the day you can drink a cup of solution. Take before feeding the baby.
The choice of industrial teas with marks “for nursing mothers” or “for lactation” is very diverse. But all drinks include at least one or two plants with an increased risk for lactation.
Given the inability of drinking plenty of influence on the amount of breast milk, mom should consciously choose such supplements. Every woman makes her own decision which drink suits her best and why.
But the supervision of a specialist remains a mandatory event.
The desire to drink “lactic” means is often dictated by the mother’s anxiety about the amount of her milk. Women come to the conclusion that their crumb is not full if:
- they manage to pump less milk than they expected;
- the chest ceased to be strongly filled and became soft;
- the sensation of “high tide” was lost or dulled;
- the child began to ask for breast more often.
In reality, the main criterion for the adequacy of breast milk are gains. If in the first six months of life the baby gains more than 20 g per day (500 g per month), the mother can be sure that he is full. In addition, you can count the number of urination.
A healthy, well-fed baby pees 10-12 times a day. Under such conditions, to speak about the lack of breast milk is groundless.
Sometimes a woman drinks tea to increase lactation in order to feel the psychological confidence in her abilities to feed the baby. However, such tools can not be called absolutely harmless. Therefore, it is worth pre-study information about the product.
This can be done not only through the manufacturer’s website, but also through reliable independent sources. It is important to have a clear understanding of the risks and to enlist the opinion of a competent specialist.