Struggling with low milk supply? Try this lactation tea to boost your milk supply!
So I blinked and my newborn just turned 7 months old. My heart is so, so, so full. And I’m so darn emotional about this whole business of growing up. Bwaaaaaaa. Someone hold me.
While the baby snuggles have been many and the giggles have been plentifiul, the past months of babyhood haven’t been all happiness and joy. There were a couple of months of stress and hard work when I realized that my milk supply was not sufficient. You can read about that here.
During that time I created this tea. I didn’t notice a difference overnight, but about a week and a half in I woke up engorged one morning for the first time since she was a newborn. I was a believer! In fact, if I go a while without drinking the tea I can notice a difference, so I try to drink it everyday.
That being said, I am not a doctor and herbs are powerful substances, so please do your own research before deciding what is right for you and your body!
This tea is an adaptation of the Red Raspberry Leaf tea by Paula at Whole Intentions. I drank it throughout my whole pregnancy and had the most amazing post-partum recovery to date. I couldn’t stop telling all the pregnant people I knew about this tea.
When I needed a tea to increase lactation, I couldn’t spend a lot of money and so I tried to use what I had on hand. Imagine my surprise when I found out that raspberry leaf, nettle, and alfalfa (all herbs in the above red raspberry leaf tea) are all galactagogues. I also added fennel seed because it was taking a very long time for the milk to let down and fennel seed may help with that. Finally, when I wasn’t taking fenugreek in the capsule form, I would add some ground seed to my tea. I smelled like maple syrup and developed a strange craving for pancakes, but my baby was getting enough milk! 😉
So without further ado, here is the tea. Enjoy!
- 8 parts red raspberry leaf
- 5 parts nettle
- 3 parts alfalfa
- 2 parts ground fenugreek seed (optional)
- 1 part fennel seed
- Mix all the herbs together
- Steep 2-3 teaspoons of herbal mix in hot water for 10 mins.
- Sweeten, if desired, with a bit of stevia or a dash of raw honey.
- I also sometimes add some ground fenugreek seed to the herbs. Just know if you drink a lot of fenugreek you may smell like maple syrup. 🙂