Breastfeeding and Herbal Teas


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When you are breastfeeding, everything that you eat or drink has some potential or another to be passed through your breast milk to your baby. The fact of the matter is that what a woman puts into her body when she is breastfeeding is almost as important as what she puts into her body when she is pregnant. When we think about herbal teas, then, we need to keep this in mind. The truth is that some herbal teas are indeed safe to drink while breastfeeding, while other types of herbal teas may be more questionable.

While breastfeeding, it is generally thought to be safe to drink herbal tea with certain types of ingredients. For example, herbal teas that contain ingredients like nettle leaf, red raspberry leaf, cinnamon, lemon balm, and lavender are all thought to be safe to drink while breastfeeding. IN some cases, these herbal teas may even be beneficial not only to you, but to your baby as well.

There are, of course, some herbal teas that are not safe to drink while breastfeeding. The herbs in these teas fall into a couple of different categories. There are herbs that can slow down a woman’s milk supply, such as sage, black walnut, spearmint, oregano, yarrow, periwinkle, thyme, sorrel, and chickweed. While these teas may not be unsafe to drink in themselves, they can create a risk that your baby will not be able to get enough breast milk, because your body will not produce enough.

The second type of herbal teas that may be unsafe to drink while breastfeeding are teas with herbs that may have actual harmful effects, either on you or on your baby. These herbs can include things like aloe vera, bugleweed, buckthorn, star anise, elecampane, and wormwood, although there are other herbs that can certainly cause problems while breastfeeding. Your health care provider or your herbal expert may have more information about specific sorts of herbs or herbal teas that may not be safe to use or drink while breastfeeding.



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