Some teas should not be taken during the lactation phase because they can alter the taste of milk, harming breastfeeding or causing discomfort such as diarrhea, gas or irritation in the baby. In addition, some teas can also interfere with the production of breast milk, reducing its quantity.
Therefore, it is important that the mother consult her obstetrician or a phytotherapist before taking any type of tea during breastfeeding.
Teas that can reduce breast milk production
Some of the herbs that seem to further reduce breast milk production include:
Teas that can pass to the milk
The teas that can pass into breast milk can not only alter its taste but make it difficult to breastfeed, and may also cause some kind of effect on the baby. Some of the teas that are generally known to pass into the milk are:
- Kava Kava tea: used to treat anxiety and insomnia;
- Carqueja Tea: used to relieve the symptoms of the flu or treat digestive and intestinal problems;
- Angelica Tea: indicated in the treatment of digestive and stomach problems, anxiety, cramps and headache;
- Ginseng tea: used to treat tiredness and fatigue;
- Licorice root tea: used to relieve the symptoms of bronchitis, catarrh, constipation and cold;
- Dwarf Palm Tea: indicated in the treatment of cystitis, phlegm and cough.
Other teas such as fenugreek tea, fennel, star anise, garlic and echinacea should be avoided during breastfeeding because there is no scientific evidence that they are safe during lactation.
These lists are not complete and therefore it is always important to consult the doctor or a herbalist before starting to use a new tea during breastfeeding.
Teas that you may drink while breastfeeding
Some teas such as chamomile or ginger, for example, can be used while breastfeeding to treat problems in the mother or baby. For example, if the baby has colic, the mother can drink the lavender tea that when passing through the milk, can help the baby.
Another example is Silymarin, which is extracted from the medicinal plant Thistle, which can be used to increase the production of breast milk, under medical indication.
So, the most important thing is for the mother to experiment with some teas, under the advice of her doctor or phytotherapist, and stop drinking it if she or her baby experience any side effects.