After embracing tea in her own health journey, naturopath Kate Dalton now shares her passion for plant-based healing and natural living through her Mayde Tea collection. She truly believes that nature provides us with the best resources for preserving our health.
Kate created the NURSING tea for mums to increase lactation and soothe the digestion of both mum and baby. She also noted which of the MAYDE teas she relied on during her pregnancy for her varying symptoms. Read on for more.
Here's the scoop straight from MAYDE founder Kate:
"For some mummas milk supply is a concern at the start and for others around the 3 month mark as your supply adjusts to meet your baby’s demands (which is totally normal by the way).From a naturopathy perspective, with my clients I start with a well-rounded approach, looking for nutrient deficiencies, diet-specific factors and lifestyle influences. There are however a few things you can look at to help boost your supply:
A General Guide to Boosting Your Milk Supply
// Herbs that help maintain breast milk production are called galactagogues. Some examples are fenugreek, chaste tree, fennel seeds and goats rue. There are some herbs that may decrease breast milk production which are sage and peppermint so these should be avoided. Mayde Tea’s Nursing is a blend of herbs naturopathically formulated to support healthy lactation.
// Hydration! At least 2-3L filtered water per day otherwise you won’t have enough liquid to give!
// Avoid smoking and limit alcohol as much as possible as these have been found to impact breast milk supply.
// Maintaining frequency of breastfeeding is key- as our body has a feedback mechanism which controls the supply, so using a breast pump between feeds can help this feedback.
// Excessive weight loss, stress, mastitis are all conditions that may decrease breast milk production. So supporting sleep, fatigue and anxiety postpartum is really important! As well as a whole foods diet balanced with protein, healthy fats and carbohydrates.
// Rest, meditation and gentle exercise to help the nervous system. Serenity before bed is great to relax both mum and baby.
MAYDE Tea founder Kate Dalton, Australia
NURSING by Mayde Tea
A naturopathically formulated blend created to support healthy lactation. A refreshing and warming treat free from caffeine, Nursing settles and nourishes the digestive system of both mother and baby with lemongrass, fennel and fenugreek. The nursing blend has been designed to consume postpartum, rather than during pregnancy.
Retail tube / 40 serves loose leaf tea
Mini jar / 15 serves loose leaf tea
Lemongrass / lemon balm / fennel / aniseed / fenugreek / blue cornflowers
Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) is one of the most effective carminitives, which helps to relieve digestive cramping and spasms. Fennel has been found to have a beautiful effect on infant colic for breastfeeding mothers, as well as improving breast milk production. Fennel is also an effective anti-inflammatory herb and relaxes the smooth muscles of the digestive system.
Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum) has many therapeutic actions, the most superior of which is improving breast milk production. Fenugreek also helps to soothe the lining of the digestive tract, reducing inflammation and calming bubs digestion.
Aniseed (Pimpinella anisum) has been used for many years to reduce colic, abdominal cramps, indigestion and heartburn. Aniseed is also a known galactagogue, which is a herb that improves breast milk production.
Lemongrass (Cymbopogon) has a cooling energy, and has been found to improve digestion by lessening stomach cramps and spasms, and reducing bloating and flatulence. Lemongrass also helps to improve circulation. Lemongrass is high in antioxidants, of which scavenge free radicals from the body’s cells, and prevent or reduce the damage caused by oxidation.
MAYDE teas during pregnancy - always check with your healthcare provider before introducing anything new, but these are generally safe and caffeine free.
Energise - for morning sickness, circulation and natural energy production - naturally caffeine free.
Digest - for bloating, indigestion, cramping or other digestive symptoms.
Serenity - to calm the nervous system, reduce anxiety and help sleep.
Link to NURSING and the other MAYDE teas: Click HERE.