Breastfeeding can be tough, and with so many breastfeeding vitamins, supplements and ointments on the market it can be difficult to know where to start to help support lactation or increase milk supply. I've put together this guide to the very best natural must haves for breastfeeding.
Breastfeeding really can be difficult, I know many women really struggle with the whole process, whether it's due to lactation difficulties, stress or discomfort. And even if you don't have too much trouble, it can be nice to complement your breastfeeding routine with a natural breastfeeding tea, supplement or balm to make it even easier and more beneficial for both you and baby. Working to support your nutritionally rich breastfeeding diet with natural ingredients to help increase milk supply, combined with advice from your health care professional, these breastfeeding essentials can help you get back on track to a comfortable nursing routine.
Natural breastfeeding vitamins and supplements
Herbs of Gold Breastfeeding Support
If you're finding lactation difficult, the Herbs of Gold Breastfeeding Support is a great natural option as it contains herbal ingredients Blessed Thistle and Fenugreek, which have been used in traditional medicine to help stimulate breast milk production. Vegan and Gluten Free, they can be taken twice daily or as directed by your health care professional to help increase milk supply.
Always read the label and use only as directed. If symptoms persist, please consult your healthcare practitioner.
To help ease stress and exhaustion associated with breastfeeding, vitamins can be
a beneficial way to get nutrients you may be missing in your diet. The Kiwiherb StressCare is another wonderful natural supplement, containing therapeutic B Vitamins along with Withania and Lemon Balm to nourish and support the nervous system. Our Nourished Life Naturopath Mel highly recommends this gentle mix of herbal and nutritional support for breastfeeding mums, saying it can also be used to assist in the maintenance and improvement of general wellbeing. It's Vegan and Gluten Free, and can be taken as directed by your health care practitioner.
Always read the label. If symptoms persist see your healthcare practitioner. Vitamins can only be of assistance if the dietary vitamin intake is inadequate.
Natural teas for breastfeeding
Weleda Nursing Tea
Providing breastfeeding support with the comfort of a soothing cup of tea formulated specially for new mums, the Weleda Nursing Tea is a beautiful herbal tea. It's recommended by midwives to increase milk supply and contains natural herbal ingredients including Anise, Fennel, Caraway, Fenugreek and Lemon Verbena. This Certified Organic tea has a delicious taste and aromatic fragrance from the natural herbal blend.
Pukka Tea - Motherkind Baby
The Pukka Tea - Motherkind Baby contains traditional herbs including Shatavari, Fennel and Turmeric. This Organic blend makes an ideal daily cuppa.
Natural skin care for breastfeeding mums
Badger Nursing Balm
A natural breastfeeding essential is the Badger Nursing Balm, for cracked nipples with Beeswax, Coconut, Olive and Sunflower Oils. It's safe for both mum and baby. Certified Organic, hypoallergenic and pediatrician tested, this nourishing balm comes in handy travel-friendly tin, perfect for keeping in the baby bag or gifting to a friend.