Breastfeeding is one of the most fraught and frustrating topics of new motherhood. It’s easy to become fixated on it. Maybe you’ve had trouble producing milk from the outset or you had a few really productive weeks and now have very little to give. Whatever the case, you could be having problems producing enough milk for your baby. You don’t know why and have probably exhausted Google looking for answers as to why this is happening and for solution. Lactation tea could be your solution to increasing milk production. But if you’re interested in trying this milk-boosting tea, you should first talk to your doctor or lactation consultant to make sure that it’s safe for you specifically. Every woman is different.
Lactation tea is primarily made with galactagogues, a group of herbs that are purported to stimulate milk production. These herbs have been used for centuries, but there hasn’t been many scientific studies to declare how well they work. Galactagogues include fenugreek, blessed thistle, milk thistle and fennel. The herbs are packaged in tea bags. You can drink them hot or iced, depending on your preference. It varies tea to tea, but lactation teas are usually drunk one to three times a day. Make sure to read your packet for instructions.
We rounded up the best lactation teas for new moms. All of our picks are natural and don’t contain GMOs or caffeine.
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1. Traditional Medicinals Organic Mother’s Milk Women’s Tea Bags
The Organic Milkmaid Tea is made out of USDA certified organic ingredients, including fennel, fenugreek, coriander, blessed thistle and anise. New moms can feel confident about this tea’s safety. It’s caffeine free and doesn’t have GMOs, stevia or added natural flavors. The tea has a sweet licorice taste. This formula, which promotes lactation, has been used for centuries in Europe and passed down from woman-to-woman. When you order, you’ll get a case of six bottles, which will total 96 tea bags.
2. Organic Milkmaid Tea by Earth Mama
This milk production-boosting tea from Earth Mama is organic, Kosher, caffeine-free and non-GMO. Developed by an herbalist and nurse, the tea blend is made out of galactagogue herbs, which promote lactation, like fenugreek, fennel, and milk thistle. It’s available in one pack of 16 or three packs of 16, which would give new moms 48 bags of tea in total. Earth Mama warns not to drink lactation tea during pregnancy, as expecting moms aren’t supposed to have more than the culinary amount of galactagogue herbs.
3. Pink Stork Lactation Tea
Produced by a woman-owned company, this vanilla-flavored lactation tea from Pink Stork is reported to be more delicious than other lactation tea varieties. The tea can be sipped either hot or cold. Made out of marshmallow thistle, fenugreek, blessed thistle and fennel, this tea includes the galactagogues and vitamins you need to increase milk production. This tea does not contain any GMOs, gluten, dairy, wheat or soy.