Herbs and Breastfeeding

Sage
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Breastfeeding? Use caution with herbal supplements. Some herbs may lead to side effects in nursing babies. If you are breastfeeding, check with your pediatrician before using herbal supplements or teas.

While there is not much studied information on herbs and breastfeeding, here are some herbs that are known to lower milk supply in breastfeeding mothers:

  • Black Walnut
  • Chickweed
  • Herb Robert (Geranium robertianum)
  • Lemon Balm
  • Oregano
  • Parsley (Petroselinum crispum)
  • Peppermint (Mentha piperita)/Menthol
  • Periwinkle Herb (Vinca minor)
  • Sage (Salvia officinalis)
  • Sorrel (Rumex acetosa)
  • Spearmint
  • Thyme
  • Yarrow

Normal amounts of herbs used in cooking will probably not affect your milk supply or baby; this list refers to herbs taken medicinally. As always, though, do check with your pediatrician for the most current information.

Source: KellyMom.com

“Pink” Products for October

While all the products might not actually be pink, the partnerships between manufacturers and breast cancer researchers in October always makes me hopeful. It’s amazing to see how far we’ve come in the fight against breast cancer.

I especially love that Gerber NUK has partnered with the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) this October. Breastfeeding lowers the risk for breast cancer (even in women where it runs in the family!), so I think this is an excellent match.

NUK is going to donate a portion of its sales from its entire breastfeeding line to NBCF through December 2012. This includes breast pads, breast pumps, milk storage bags, and other accessories.

This is one of my personal favorite breastfeeding products

 

Looking for other ways to support breast cancer research? Here are some fun pink products.

Infant splatter bib at ShopKomen.com ($8)

Nestly Nuzzles Pink Dog at GUND ($24)

 

Big Fish computer games ($2.99 and up)

 

Do you have any “pink” products that you love?

Ask Your Hospital to Support Healthy Baby Bags

In our March 2011 Growth Spurts section for "On the Way," you might have read about Healthy Baby Bags. These cheery green bags can be distributed to new parents at the hospital and help encourage successful breastfeeding.

The bags include nursing pads, milk storage bags, and information about the benefits of breastfeeding.

If you’d like to send your hospital a letter and further information about the Healthy Baby Bags, you can visit this blog post at By Moms for Moms, the Lansinoh blog.

Would you have liked to receive one of these bags upon leaving the hospital with your newborn?

Healthy Baby Bounty Bags Seek a New Name

Despite the research of pediatricians that supports the benefits of breastfeeding for at least one year, new moms across the nation are given diaper bags full of formula samples and tools for bottle-feeding as they exit the hospital. (Or, in some cases, at the obstetrician’s office as soon as they come in pregnant!)
 

HealthyBabyBountyBag.jpgCottonwood Kids has developed a breastfeeding support bag for hospitals to distribute called the Healthy Baby Bounty Bag. The bags include samples, coupons, and information that promote a healthy breastfeeding relationship. These bags have been in existence for one year and are currently being distributed at 200+ hospitals in the United States.

The founders have realized, however, that Healthy Baby Bounty Bags is quite the mouthful. Via the Lansinoh By Moms for Moms blog, the company is searching for a new name for the bags. Submissions will be accepted through tomorrow, September 10th, on this blog post. Then the names will be voted on.

The person who comes up with the new name will win a $100 gift card.

We’d love to see one of our own creative readers come up with the new name! Good luck!