Botanicals to Support Your Breastfeeding Goals

Botanicals to Support Your Breastfeeding Goals

Breastfeeding has unbeatable benefits for babies and moms. Pairing such a powerful resource like breastfeeding with nature's medicine could help a rough journey become much smoother. This article will showcase a few star plants that understand the assignment.  


Yes, we know there are so many excellent health benefits to breastfeeding babies, but what about the benefits for moms? Needless to say, we need a lot of nourishment from giving birth until we have done breastfeeding. Breastfeeding can be challenging especially if you are struggling with milk deficiency, chapped nipples, fussy babies, no sleep, dehydration, etc. On the other hand, sometimes you are doing everything right, from drinking enough water daily to decreasing your stress load, nursing frequently, and eating a healthy and nutritious diet filled with foods that promote milk production and all of that could still not be enough. 

This might be when it's good to incorporate all-natural botanicals into your life. This can aid you and your baby in more ways than one. If you are on the fence about the idea of breastfeeding versus formula feeding let's go over some of the benefits, because I can promise you that far outweigh the risks.

I remember the first time I gave birth in the hospital, the nurses were trying to show me how to use the breast pump and I was shocked at the color of the milk that came out. The nurses explained that colostrum is the first form of breastmilk released by the mammary glands after giving birth. It's thicker and has a yellowish color to it that is different from traditional breast milk. Colostrum is packed full of antioxidants, and antibodies and is rich with nutrients all designed to build a strong immune system for the baby. The tricky thing about colostrum is that it only lasts for a few days and then thins into breast milk. 


The benefits of breastfeeding are outstanding. Breast milk is easy for the baby to digest and can result in healthy weight gain or weight loss for them. Breastfeeding also helps to build a strong bond between mom and baby, it is the baby's first understanding of eye contact, touch, and close contact. This type of physical and mental stimulation is linked to strong brain development as well as intelligence, not to mention the amount of comfort and calm the baby gets.


There are some pretty neat benefits for us moms as well, breastfeeding can help prevent postpartum depression, balance our hormone levels, and aid the contraction of the uterus back down to normal once more. One of the most rewarding benefits breastfeeding gives moms is the bond created during those late nights and early mornings. 


There are a few types of botanicals that are helpful. Those categories include nourishment, nervine support, and flavor.


• Nettles (Stinging Nettles) This plant is super nourishing and packs an effective punch in calcium, chromium, iron, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, chlorophyll, selenium, protein, zinc, and vitamins C, K, and B. It supports a healthy immune system and good digestion.

• Dandelion Leaf is rich in calcium, iron, fiber, magnesium, potassium, protein, beta carotene, vitamins A, C, D, and K, and is loaded with antioxidants. Dandelion leaf also supports liver function and good digestion. 

• Alfalfa contains calcium, magnesium, and potassium; it supports the increase of estrogen levels. 

• Fenugreek is another one that has strong estrogen-building properties. I will note that there is a distinct sweet smell that comes from fenugreek that I enjoy in my tea. 

• You want to ensure your hormones are balanced. The best herb to do that is Red Raspberry leaf. It is ideal for promoting hormone balance, especially in new moms, healing and strengthening the uterus, it is iron packed and has loads of calcium, magnesium, and vitamins A, C, and E. 


To increase milk production these two herbs are very effective, one of which is rarely used for this reason. 

• Elderberry not only helps with lactation it also helps with inflammation and swelling.

• Licorice root is a stress reducer and helps to produce more milk for the baby.


    Nervous system support is so important for mothers. We are superheroes doing the most amazing work, raising little humans. Here are a few effective herbs that help support the nervous system. 


    • Milk Oat Tops/ Oat Straw is rich in calcium, iron, manganese, potassium, phosphorus, zinc, and soluble fibers. These plants also soothe the nervous system and help reduce sleeplessness.

    • Lemon Balm uplift the spirit, soothing and improves the mood.

    • Chamomile Flowers are calming to the nerves, it soothes upset stomachs, colic babies, and stressed-out moms and babies.  


      Why not incorporate some herbs that have good flavors as well?

      • Fennel Seed natural sweetener, increases iron, helpful for an upset tummy.

      • Ginger Root is quite tasty but very strong so just remember, a little goes a long way. Ginger is helpful for tummy upset, nausea, supportive of the immune system, and good blood circulation.

        When you're suffering from sore chaffed nipples look for herbs like these in a balm or salve to soothe and heal them.

        • Calendula
        • Marshmallow Root
        • Comfrey Root
        • Plantain Leaf
        • Olive Oil
        • Shea Butter
        • Cocoa Butter


          As a mom, you want to be assured that you are doing the right thing regarding your and your baby's health. The choice to breastfeed is an excellent decision, be prepared by researching the facts, exploring all your options, and inviting plant medicine into your life to help you reach your goals. As always, be sure to consult a healthcare professional before beginning any herbal blend. Well wishes on a successful breastfeeding journey.


          This blog was written by Adrienna McNeal, click here to learn more about this author.




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