Ingredient Spotlight: Our Stage 3, Nursing Products
FENUGREEK SEED is a Milk Making Powerhouse
It’s fenugreek’s status in the galactagogue world that puts it on center stage among breastfeeding herbs. By far the most popular and most recommended herb by certified lactation consultants to increase milk supply, fenugreek use has been traced back to ancient Egyptian times. It can range in taste from slightly maple-flavored to bitter, depending on your palette. Fenugreek seeds contain hormone precursors – this resulting hormonal effect is what leads to higher milk production. It has been found that fenugreek can increase a nursing mother’s milk supply within 24 to 72 hours after first taking the herb. Once an adequate level of milk production is reached, most women can discontinue the fenugreek and maintain the milk supply with adequate breast stimulation.
ANISE SEED is a Multifaceted Nursing Support Wonder
Anise seeds are small, brownish gray, and slightly curved and have a licorice flavor that is sweet, mildly spicy, and very aromatic.
There’s so much to love about anise seed. Anise seed is known to contain an essential oil called anethole, which acts as a phytoestrogen. Phytoestrogens are plant compounds that are similar to estrogen in the body, and which the body uses in the same way as estrogen. This helps to stimulate various reproductive functions, including the production of breast milk. In this way, anise aids in boosting breast milk supply. It increases the milk ejection or milk letdown reflex which gets the milk out of the breast and into baby or the pump bottles quicker and easier. It can treat clogged ducts and other problems in the milk glands, by helping to maintain a constant milk flow. And, it helps reduce colic symptoms in babies. Anise has historically been used to aid in digestion, to assist individuals with stomach ailments, and it decreases bloating, intestinal gas and flatulence too. What a well-rounded ingredient!
FENNEL SEED is a Milk Ejection Specialist
Fennel is a common herb that many people use for cooking and healing. You can trace this sweet, licorice-flavored spice all the way back to ancient Egypt. For over 2000 years, fennel has been a treatment for digestive problems and menstrual issues. The plant has estrogen-like properties thus helping breastfeeding women to stimulate and increase the production of breast milk. If you pump or are having trouble achieving letdowns, Fennel Seed is the ingredient for you. It promotes the milk ejection reflex. You’ll be amazed at how fast and how full you can get those pumping bottles! Even if you don’t pump, your baby will benefit by getting your milk flowing sooner and in greater volume at each breastfeeding session. Not only does fennel have a positive influence on the total quantity of milk, but it also increases the quality of breast milk and its fat content.
NETTLE LEAF is a Milk Supply Booster
A dark, leafy green plant Nettle Leaf is highly nutritious, containing high levels of vitamins and minerals, including iron, potassium, folic acid, B vitamins, vitamin K, and essential amino acids. In addition, Nettle has some of the highest calcium levels when compared to other herbs, which allows for it to be a great tonic for the bones of breastfeeding mothers. Due to its iron-rich content, nettle has been used to treat anemia and fight postpartum fatigue by building up the blood supply. For generations, women have used this herb after to stimulate milk production and increase the supply of breast milk. This herb works especially well when paired with other galactagogues– it is common to find nettle with fenugreek, fennel, goat’s rue and blessed thistle. It is safe to begin taking nettle immediately after giving birth, and it can be continued for an extended period of time. Although this herb is safe to use after the birth of your baby, you should NOT use stinging nettle while you are pregnant. It could cause uterine contractions.
CORIANDER is a Milk Supply Booster
Coriander is a spice produced from the round, tan-colored seeds of the coriander plant, which is a member of the parsley family. The word coriander can be used to describe the entire plant: leaves, stems, seeds, and all. But when speaking of coriander, most people are referring to the spice produced from the seeds of the plant. The leaves of the plant are commonly called cilantro. Coriander seeds have a pleasing lemony flavor and floral aroma. The plant’s leaves and the ripened seeds taste completely different and they cannot be substituted for each other. Fresh cilantro tastes pungent, and to a certain percentage of the population, it tastes soapy. Coriander is a purported galactogogue, and has been included in some mixtures promoted to increase milk supply. It has also been used in traditional medicine for stomach ailments and is sometimes included in teas that are designed to help relieve constipation.
VERBENA LEAF is a Milk Supply Booster
Verbena, also called vervain, or lemon verbena, was a holy herb of women in ancient days. It is an estrogenic herb, a liver tonic, and a digestive. It is particularly useful after a viral infection, such as a cold or flu to prevent exhaustion from lingering, and to restore a strength. All species of verbena are said to promote milk production. Verbena is a gentle relaxing herb that has a calming effect on both the mother and the nursing baby. This herb is excellent when the let-down reflex is blocked due to emotional stress. Because verbena fortifies the nerves while relieving tension, it is a nervine tonic and is recommended for postpartum depression. Verbena also helps relieve tension headaches, menstrual cramps and asthma.