Being a breastfeeding mama means carefully watching what you eat and drink. There are some hot beverages that are not recommended when breastfeeding, but others are not only fine to drink but also beneficial for you, mama.
It’s important to get your little breast-milk-production engine going right from the start and there are some infusions that can help with milk supply and, well, enormous thirst too. Here are mine.
Go-to breastfeeding beverages
Cumin seed infusion eased my first days and weeks after giving birth and was just the right drink I needed to quench my constant and enormous breastfeeding mom’s thirst. Cumin is widely known and used as a spice. But it also has numerous medical benefits, including improving digestion, addressing heart problems, menstrual pains and better sleep (oh, sleep!).
Passed from one generation to the next, cumin infusion is believed to improve lactation. Although there is no real research to prove it, mothers of all generations turn to this magical drink. Besides the above mentioned benefits, cumin infusion relaxes which, in turn, stimulates milk flow.
Use one tablespoon of cumin seeds per cup and let it steep for at least 10 minutes or more.
Fennel seeds is a common addition to both breastfeeding and non-breastfeeding herbal infusions. Most breastfeeding teas you find at pharmacies or supermarkets, are based on fennel for a good reason. Among many health benefits like relaxation, digestion and sleep aid, fennel can aid breast milk production. And more good news – fennel also relieves constipation! Let’s face it, it’s more than welcome in the first postpartum days.
One of my favorite breastfeeding teas were Biolys fennel and anise infusion and a Dutch retailer’s Kruidvat drink of fennel, anise and caraway. And no, cumin and caraway aren’t the same.
P.S. In case you don’t have fennel tea at hand, ask your hubby to buy you some fresh fennel from the grocery store and make some fennel salad. Because it works when eaten too! And it goes well with fish.
So now go make that cup and enjoy your well-deserved mama’s moment!
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