Breastfeeding, as natural as it is, can be so hard! There can be so many challenges to overcome.
With my first child, we got off to a rocky start, and I almost quit breastfeeding after four days.
Once we got our breastfeeding relationship established, I had a hard time keeping a strong milk supply the older my baby got.
I was always worried that he wasn’t getting enough milk, but I knew anything was better than nothing. So I kept at it, and I was really thankful he was such a great solid food eater!
I nursed my oldest for 13 months when he decided he was done and self weaned. I was thankful because I was tired of worrying about milk supply issues.
With my second, I’ve been nursing for over eight months and have not once worried about my supply.
I attribute my healthy milk supply to my faithfulness to take my Nursing Mama Herbal Tincture.
Once my youngest started eating solid foods, I knew I needed to do something to promote a healthy milk supply. For it was when my oldest started solid foods that my supply began to wane the first go around.
I didn’t know anything about herbs with my first child, but this time I knew I wanted to use herbs to help build my milk supply.
After doing a lot of research, I came up with my Daily Nursing Mama Herbal Tincture.
I chose the following herbs based on mounds of research and what I felt was best for my body’s needs. I’m 100% comfortable with this herbal tincture for myself.
This isn’t necessarily a recipe that everyone should use. Please use common sense, do your research, and for the love, don’t take this as medical advice. 🙂 I’m just a mama who loves herbs, natural living, and exploring God’s creation. I’m no expert.
I recommend researching each individual herb before concocting your own Nursing Mama Tincture (or any tincture) just to be sure it’s safe for you.
Herbs, as natural and God-given as they are, they still come with a few risks just like any medicine. It’s good to know if something has any contraindications, and it’s especially good to know what each herb will do for you.
My Daily Nursing Mama Tincture Recipe:
Note: I get my herbs from Bulk Herb Store or from my own back yard.
2 cups red raspberry leaf – high in magnesium, potassium, iron, and B & C vitamins; because of its combination of nutrients, it is extremely helpful to the female reproductive system
1 cup rose hips – one of the richest plant sources of vitamin C available and high in antioxidants
2.5 cups alfalfa – known as the “king of plants” because of its high vitamin and mineral content like iron, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, sulfur, chlorine, sodium, potassium, silicon, and trace elements; highest chlorophyll content of any plant; includes 8 of the essential amino acids, which our bodies have to get from food since we can’t make it ourselves
1/2 cup dandelion root – rich in calcium, Vitamin C, iron, and zinc; great for liver function
1/2 cup fenugreek – high in antioxidants and said to increase a woman’s milk supply
1 cup chamomile – a naturally calming herb; soothes digestion and menstrual cramps; great for children!
1.5 cups nettles – great blood purifier; increases production of urine, which helps clear toxins from the body; significant source for vitamins A & C as well as high chlorophyll content; good source of protein and dietary fiber
2 cups oatstraw – rich in calcium and magnesium
1/2 cup lemon balm – another wonderfully soothing herb; from the mint family; aids digestion and menstrual cramps; rich in antioxidants
5 Tablespoons burdock root – strong blood purifier; as a nursing mom I use this sparingly since detoxing isn’t my goal; provides significant amounts of chromium, copper, iron, and magnesium; great for mercury detox
To make your Nursing Mama Herbal Tincture, follow my step-by-step guide for making an herbal tincture. Just use the recipe above when it’s time to mix your herbs!
How to use your tincture
For my Nursing Mama Tincture, I take 2-3 droppers, 1-2 times a day. Of course, I forget to take it from time-to-time, but I have to say I can definitely tell when I’ve been using my tincture faithfully.
Play with how many droppers of a tincture you take and how often. Start small and work your way up. Pay attention to your body and see if you feel any differences.
Again, this is how I found 2-3 droppers, 1-2 times a day was my needed dosage for my Nursing Mama Tincture. I started out with 1 dropper a couple of times a day and didn’t notice any changes. I went to 2 droppers … and eventually found that 3 droppers, 2 times a day is my BEST dosage for my body and my needs. I could tell a significant difference!
If you’re not getting the results you need, then you may need to change your formula. I’m always tweaking my tincture recipes and trying new things.
Just keep a good log of what you’re doing so you’ll be able to replicate your magic formulas.
Herbs are such a wonderful way God has given us to nourish our bodies and help build our milk supply!
How about you? Do you use herbal tinctures? What other ways have you found to increase your milk supply?
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