Breastfeeding is by far the best way to nourish a baby (fed is not best) and actually supports a mother’s often fragile physical, emotional and mental health after giving birth. This traditional herbal tea blend from Germany promotes milk production to which we have added herbs to help the mother recover from the birth of her baby. In addition, these herbs help with anxiety and stress that often come with taking care of newborn, family dynamics and processing of the birth.
Ingredients: Anise, caraway, fennel, Goat’s Rue, fenugreek, lavender, lemon balm, stinging nettle, majoran 20g
Anise: A key ingredient of most lactation teas as it stimulates the milk flow or letting down of the milk. Also promotes restful sleep and may help with cramping.
Caraway: Since ancient times, caraway has been considered one of the most important herbs when it comes to stimulating milk production in breastfeeding women. Also helps with digestive issues and supports a healthy gut microbiome.
Fennel: Is traditionally used to increase a mother’s milk supply and, moreover, calms a gassy tummy.
Goat’s Rue: A very important herb for breastfeeding moms as it may help to build up breast tissue and therefore produce more breast milk.
Fenugreek: A herb that is mostly known in Indian cooking, it is also one of the most potent herbs for supporting a mother’s milk production. An Iranian study (Simbar et al. 2022) supports the addition of honey to fenugreek tea to improve breastfeeding success.
Lavender: Is one of the most researched herbs and often used to calm a busy mind. We have added it to our lactation tea to support your emotional wellbeing after giving birth.
Lemon balm: An Iranian study (Dastjerdi et al. 2019) found that lemon balm helped to reduce postpartum pain better than medication.
Stinging nettle: One of the most common so-called women’s herbs since ancient times is the stinging nettle. It helps a woman recover blood loss and replenishes her body with Vitamin C and minerals.
Majoran:Traditionally used to help with cramps that are common (and needed for the uterus to contract and reduce its size) in the early days after giving birth.
Directions: Pour 250 ml of hot water over 1 teaspoon of the mixture, cover and let infuse for 10 minutes.
Panakaya’s tips for successful breastfeeding:
Most mothers intend to breastfeed their baby as it is the best way to care for their baby. Many women do not realise the importance of breastfeeding on their own mental and emotional wellbeing. It is not rare at all that a woman may find breastfeeding challenging in the beginning, particularly after a traumatic birth, a caesarean section or separation of mother and baby after birth. Pain is not normal and a sign that the latch is not correct.
Sadly, many women do not breastfeed as long as they intended to due to pain or because they were told by not sufficiently trained hospital staff that they are not producing enough milk and provide formula.
Do remember that for your milk to come in, you need to let your baby latch minimum every 2-3 hours for the first few days! This will signal your body that it now needs to produce milk. Until then your baby will take drops of colostrum, the thick, yellowish milk which is the most precious thing you can give to your baby! Milk production is stimulated especially in the night.
If you feel pain in your breast, please do check the way you are holding your baby and your baby’s position of the head and mouth. There should be no space between the two of you. Also make sure you are tummy to tummy. Do as much skin to skin as possible. An undiagnosed tongue tie may be another reason for painful breastfeeding.
If not otherwise prescribed don’t consume more than the recommended dose. Don’t use if you are allergic or sensitive against any of the ingredients. Keep out of the reach of children. Store in a cool and dry place. This tea is not supposed to treat, cure, prevent or diagnose any disease. For any persistent complaints or conditions that do not improve significantly within 3 days, please consult your physician.