Thanks to that 3 a.m. feeding last night, you’re probably craving a cup of coffee right now. How about tea instead? If you’ve been searching for a way to boost your milk supply for your hungry baby, you’ve probably come across recipes for lactation tea.
What Is Lactation Tea?
While the ingredients may differ slightly from brand to brand, lactation tea is an herbal tea that contains supplements believed to increase a mother’s milk supply. Many contain the herb fenugreek which may support milk production.
Does Lactation Tea Really Work?
You probably have a friend or neighbor who raves about the benefits of lactation tea. Well, when researching this piece, I put my nurse hat on and was unable to find any quality medical studies on the effectiveness of lactation tea. Because these teas are considered supplements, they are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration and thus do not have to prove their results.
That being said, most lactation teas are caffeine-free and contain small amounts of herbs so are most likely safe to try. Always check with your pediatrician if you have any questions, though.
Which Tea Should I Try?
If you’d like to give it a go, look for a lactation tea that is made with real, whole ingredients and doesn’t contain sugar or caffeine. Your doctor or lactation consultant may have recommendations but here are a few to get you started:
Traditional Medicinals Organic Mother’s Milk Tea ($18 for 6) uses high-quality herbs from ethical trading partnerships. It ticks all the boxes as it’s non-GMO verified, certified organic, kosher and caffeine-free. It has a sweet, licorice flavor.
Pink Stork Lactation Tea ($12) combines organic herbs including blessed thistle, fenugreek, marshmallow root, fennel, anise and licorice to boost milk supply. It also contains herbs believed to soothe a baby’s tummy. It can be enjoyed hot or cold, and we love that the tea bags are biodegradable.
Earth Mama Milkmaid Tea ($6) combines organic fennel seed and herbs to naturally support your milk supply. It’s also great hot or iced and is non-GMO verified and kosher.
Not into tea? You can bake a batch of lactation cookies instead.
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