Herbal Teas During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

Herbal Teas During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

Everything consumed by the mother during breastfeeding is passed to the baby through milk. For your baby, whose only source of nutrition is the milk you provide, you should pay attention to all the food and drinks you consume during this sensitive period. Your mother, relatives, and acquaintances can give you some advice to increase milk with their method. Still, every application may not produce the same positive result for every person. For example, fenugreek has been used for centuries to increase breast milk, but drinking too much fenugreek tea can cause diarrhea and stomach problems in your baby. The critical point here is that before you start taking herbal tea or any herbal supplement, you should consult your doctor and adjust the dosage of the herbal products you use, just like during pregnancy.

Some herbs contain caffeine, and excessive caffeine consumption is not recommended for breastfeeding mothers. Green tea obtained from the “Camellia sinensis” plant leaves, from which Turkish tea is produced, contains half as much caffeine as coffee. In addition, mate tea, tea made from the cocoa plant, guarana tea also contains caffeine. To determine if the herbal tea you buy contains caffeine, carefully read the "ingredients" section on the product label.

Herbal Teas Increasing Breast Milk

The teas on this list are generally considered safe for breastfeeding mothers. However, you should consume a small amount without forgetting that excessive consumption of these teas can have side effects such as nausea, vomiting, and insomnia. You can get information about the amount you can drink daily from your doctor.

Ginger: You can prepare your tea by slicing fresh ginger, not dried. It increases blood flow and soothes stomach pain, nausea.

Red Raspberry: Said to increase breast milk. It contains a large number of minerals that are beneficial for both mother and baby.

Stinging Nettle Tea: It is traditionally used to increase the amount and density of milk.

Rosehip: Contains a high amount of vitamin C and gives energy.

Thistle: Increases breast milk.

Echinacea Tea: Relieves breast pain, helps infections pass more quickly, protects the mother against colds.

Fenugreek Tea: Increases milk. Excess consumption can cause digestive problems and diarrhea in the baby.

Herbal Teas That Reduce Milk Production

Peppermint, sage, dandelion tea, and oregano teas can reduce milk production. Although dandelion tea can cause swelling, it can cause you to lose too much water. Although there is no scientific study on the side effects of drinking these teas during breastfeeding, traditional consumption is not recommended. Avoiding these teas will be a better choice, at least until your baby is six months old.

Herbal Teas to Avoid 

Some plants contain "alkaloids" that are not recommended for consumption during breastfeeding. Even if these plants are very rich in vitamin C, they can cause a decrease in the production of "folic acid,” which closely affects the quality of breast milk. These teas can cause digestive problems, diarrhea and reduce milk quality in the baby.

  • Green tea
  • Rhubarb
  • Ginseng
  • Daisy
  • Fenugreek
  • Gingko
  • Parsley
  • Borage
  • Buckthorn
  • Thyme
  • St. John's Wort
  • Anise Tea

This is just the apparent list. You should get the most accurate information from your doctor about the foods you can consume during sensitive periods such as pregnancy and breastfeeding.