Although breastfeeding seems so simple and natural, often doesn’t go “smoothly”, especially in the beginning. Sometimes there is a deficit or a surplus of milk, cracked nipples, mastitis, inflammation and other problems.
Well worth the effort!
A nature is offering numerous solutions – in the form of tea, compresses and salve. But also other ways in which mothers could easily overcome the difficulties and continue breastfeeding.
At the beginning of breastfeeding, there is the first milk, colostrum. It is translucent, yellowish in color and has very important protective role – gives the active antibodies to child.
During this period, the child often asks the breasts. So some moms may think they don’t have enough milk, because the child is “always hungry”. No, that’s not true, rhythm has yet to reconcile. After a few days or weeks, comes right, mature milk, which has a higher nutritional value.
The mother is exhausted from giving birth and caring for a new member. Therefore, sometimes mum can really notice that there isn’t enough milk for the little “mammal”.
A mixture of fenugreek, fennel, anise, nettle, elderflower, lemon balm and other herbs will stimulate milk production in a natural way.
- Fenugreek acts as a natural oxytocin, which plays a major role in the release of milk. It is rich in essential fatty acids, phytoestrogens and saponins that affect the increase in breast tissue. Therefore increases milk production. Traditionally used for centuries.
- Anise with its estrogen stimulates the release of prolactin and increases milk production.
- While fennel helps in the process of releasing milk.
Note: If your baby has colic, fennel and anise will act soothing through breast milk.
- Nettle and elderflower are acting as herbal tonic to strengthen the resistance of the mother. It accelerates recovery and fights against anemia, in addition to a positive effect on milk production.
- Lemon balm and chamomile act against tension and nervousness, and beneficial to the digestive system.
Herbal tea mixture for breastfeeding “Mummy drinks, infant grows”
Ingredients for the tea are fenugreek, anise, fennel, nettle, elderflower, lemon balm and chamomile; 20 g of each.
Preparation: Place the herbs in cold water, so that the hard parts of herbs release their healing substances. Put 2 tablespoons of herbal mixture in a liter of cold water. Heat the tea and when boils, let it cook on low heat for 1 minute. Turn off the burner and then leave covered for 5-10 minutes. Then strain the tea and drink throughout the day.
This tea mixture quickly and successfully improves lactation in mothers. When you establish lactation, you must reduce or discontinue the dose of tea.
You can take it again, if necessary – with a decreased secretion of milk that occurs in rebounds in growth. Also drink it in stressful times; disease and in other situations, when you feel that you have a shortage of milk.
Note: This tea is NOT for pregnant women, ONLY FOR THOSE WHO BREASTFEED.
Sometimes babies don’t use all the milk from the breasts. Then milk doesn’t pass “smoothly” through the clogged ducts. It can remain trapped in the breast and cause swelling, heat and pain. We call this inflammation mastitis.
I believe that this problem had every mum. Here are a few solutions to this terrible pain relief.
- Cabbage compresses have proven to be very effective if take symptoms immediately seriously. List of cabbage mash lightly (to let the juice) using rolling pin. Then use as a compress between breastfeeding. It will reduce inflammation, warmth and swelling.
- Also can help compress of tea mixture of lemon balm, fennel and marjoram. Soak the towel with warmish tea from these herbs and apply to the painful area.
In any case, it is very important to continue breastfeeding. Because that will ensure that the baby completely sucks milk from breasts. Although mums are in fear, because of the pain of continuing breastfeeding, this is the best solution.
To break the lumps and help unclog the canals, gently massage breast with calendula oil.
Damaged and sore nipples
Shortly after birth, a very common problem is damaged nipples (sores). It can be very uncomfortable and make breastfeeding painful. The cause is the abnormal position of the child to cover the whole of areola around the nipple.
Ideal and handy solution for this is that you let dry a few drops of your milk on the nipples between breastfeeding. Also, calendula (marigold) oil is very effective.
For selection you can also use extra virgin coconut oil, which will help in care and healing of nipples. It will alleviate pain and disinfect those sensitive natural areas. At the same time, protects the baby from fungi, viruses and bacteria in the mouth.
In case of serious sores, make a tea bath with oak bark and roots of marshmallow. Tannin from oak and mucus from the marshmallow will contribute to faster healing. Bath can rinse sore nipples or you can soak cotton pad and keep as a compress.
Do not give up on breastfeeding, although it is sometimes difficult and requires great sacrifices!
Take natural solutions that will help you to pass this important part of the maternity with a smile on your face, happy and relaxed.
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