What is the best herb to support milk supply after childbirth?
While looking at records of herbalism around the world, I kept bumping into this information: Stinging Nettle tea after birth.
Nettle (Urtica dioica) contains iron to help a mother build new red blood cells, reducing the risk of anemia, helping a mother avoid fatigue and depression.
Nettle contains vitamin K to help reduce bleeding.
It supports a mother’s kidneys and reduces the swelling of edema, so important for many mothers.
Nettle is known in herbalism as a blood-cleanser: its soluble fibers enter the bloodstream and attach to toxins, catching and binding them so they can be led out of the body through urine and stool.
Nettle does not lead to over-supply or create problems with engorgement. Its support of the kidneys can reduce edema and reduce the hardness of the breasts that comes with initial engorgement, especially in first-time moms.
The other “must have” is green cabbage. The leaves, pressed onto the breasts and left for a half-hour, also pull out extra fluids.
I’ve seen mothers with swollen breasts, ankles, calves, hands and arms, whose milk simply would not flow, pee off the edema and begin to have easy milk flow and a contentedly feeding baby within hours of drinking nettle tea.
Diet for ADHD? Today I saw this discussed in an article titled: Study: Diet May Help ADHD Kids More Than Drugs
The article, hosted on NPR.com, is from 2011. That’s five years ago. Yet — how many parents and their doctors know that they might prevent or treat ADHD if they eliminated certain foods early on and fed children healthy food instead?
Diet for ADHD is actually an Old Story
I remember how parents and the rare doctor researched, trialed and promoted this idea back in the 1970s and 80s, and how the mainstream press and other doctors ridiculed them.
In 1991, I took my first-born son to a top specialist for ADHD. I told her about the remarkable changes and success we were having with dietary changes. She said it was humbug, that children only improved because of the extra attention they got from their parents who now were carefully overseeing their child’s diet.
Any parent could have told her, and doubtless did tell her, that they had to give their child far less attention. Their child was now happier, less accident prone and more independent.
Ridiculed. Dismissed. Made to feel like a fool for even trying.
Do parents today know how lucky they are that studies affirm their experiences, and that they no longer have to feel foolish for trying?
The Lactogenic diet, ADHD and Autism.
The lactogenic diet is supposed to be all things that are good for a breastfeeding mother and her baby. What she eats should increase and stabilize her milk supply. She can reduce or avoid colic. She can balance her milk’s fatty acids for a non-inflammatory immune response. Her diet should balance her blood sugar, reduce inflammatory insulin resistance, and improve overall health…
And it’s not hard to do, it’s just knowing how…
ADHD, ADD and autism are exponentially increasing in our children. We need to consider how the lactogenic diet could help prevent these problems. We know that these problems are not genetic in origin. They are epigenetic: the result of generations of toxins, and the effect of these toxins on our genetics.
The way that we give birth also plays a role of course…
Laying a Better Foundation through Food
A breastfeeding mothers’ diet can help, and it’s not hard to do…
Yet, for every mother today, with her own variety of food sensitivities and food preferences, there will be a unique answer.
There is not “one” breastfeeding diet, not “one size fits all.”
A good start is to read my book “Mother Food,” and send me your questions, to inspire more blogposts!
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