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Increasing milk supply for nursing mothers with herbal tea: Scientific evidence

It’s world breast feeding week!  So what better time to look at the evidence and scientific research behind nursing mothers’ teas for increasing milk supply.

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Fenugreek Tea Increases Breast Milk Supply

A herbal tea of fenugreek was tested on 66 mother–infant pairs in a randomised, placebo-controlled trial conducted in 2011.  The women were assigned to either: fenugreek tea group, apple tea group (placebo) and control group.

The babies in the fenugreek tea drinking group lost the least birth weight and experienced the shortest time to regain their birth weight.  Plus the mums in the fenugreek tea group produced significantly higher amounts of breast milk than the mums in the control and placebo groups.

And for all my statistic-loving readers significance achieved in each measurement (p < 0.05).

The study concluded the maternal galactagogue herbal tea supplementation seems to be useful for enhancing breast milk production and facilitating infant birth weight regain in early postnatal days.

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Increasing breast milk supply with 3 cups/day

Do you know a nursing mother?  A gift of fenugreek tea might be very appreciated if she is struggling to produce enough milk.

Check out what Australian Breastfeeding Association say about Fenugreek here.  

For fenugreek tea and more information contact Sonia McNaughton Naturopathy.

Turkyılmaz, C., Onal, E., Hirfanoglu, I. M., Turan, O., Koç, E., Ergenekon, E., & Atalay, Y. (2011). The effect of galactagogue herbal tea on breast milk production and short-term catch-up of birth weight in the first week of life. The journal of alternative and complementary medicine, 17(2), 139-142.

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