- Written by Super User
A herbal tea is helping breastfeeding Kenyan mothers boost their milk production. Made from herbs such as fenugreek and coriander, the tea comes as a welcome relief for mothers with milk production problems.
Going by the name 'Organic Mother's Milk', the tea bags are made from a combination of herbs that are known to boost milk production in breastfeeding mothers.
“The tea bags conain herbs such as fennel anise, fenugreek and coriander,” remarks Susan Muriithi a lactation specialist, infant massage instructor and registered nurse who provides these services and related products under her company, Toto Touch.
According to Susan, these herbs were used traditionally to boost milk production by boiling but the introduction of the tea bags has made the work easier for many Kenyan mums. Not only does the herbal tea help those with low milk production but they also serve the purpose of in initiating milk production after birth.
Preparing the herbal tea is very simple and similar to making any other cup of tea.
“Pour around 200 millilitres of freshly boiled water into a cup with a tea bag then cover the cup for around 10 minutes,” explains Susan who goes on to add that after the time duration one should squeeze the tea bag and it is ready for consumption.
Seeing that it is made of herbs, the lactation tea does have quite a bitter taste and may not appeal to everyone.
“Not everyone can stand the taste so I advice my clients to add honey to sweeten it,” remarks the lactation specialist.
For the tea to be effective, three to five cups of 'Organic Mother's Milk' are to be taken daily. While each woman is different, Susan says that most of her clients report seeing results after the first day of use. She is however quick to add that those who do not experience this should not give up after the first day.
“A mother should still continue eating healthy and well as advised by her doctor so that she produces quality milk for her baby,” remarks Susan.
“The problem comes in when mothers start using them as replacements for their diets. I once had a client who stopped eating altogether and was just snacking on the lactation cookies in a bid to loose weight,” says Susan who is against this as a mother ends up producing unhealthy milk.
The duration for which a mother takes the herbal tea is at their discretion although Susan does suggest that once milk production levels are back up then one can stop.
The tea bags are great for busy mothers becausee a boost in milk production enables one to easily pump the milk .
Imported from US, 'Organic Mother's Milk' comes in sixteen bag sizes and retails at Sh1500.
The herbal tea be purchased from HunySuckle, a provider of pre & post-natal services and products for women. The shop is located on Menelik Road which is off Ngong Road.