Using Breastfeeding Teas to Increase Breast Milk Production

Herbal Teas That Support Lactation

Herbal Breastfeeding Teas And Increasing The Supply Of Breast Milk

Herbs have been used as galactagogues for centuries. Combinations of different plants believed to stimulate and support breast milk production and promote relaxation have been passed down from generation to generation. One of the most common and traditional ways to prepare these herbs is by making tea.

Are Nursing Teas Safe?

Herbal nursing teas are generally considered safe, but there are always exceptions. Many of the herbs used in nursing teas have been used as medications throughout history. Just as with any other medication, many herbs have side effects when taken in large doses. So, you should always consult your doctor or a lactation consultant before using any herbal supplements, including teas, especially if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Your health care provider can instruct you on the herbs and dosages that are right for you and your particular situation.

When you start a new herb, it is always best to begin at a lower dose and gradually increase it over a few days to help prevent or minimize the risk of side effects. Doses vary depending on the person. A small dose may work very well for some women while very high doses will not work at all for others.

How to Prepare Herbal Nursing Tea

Teas can be made by the cup or by the pot. The amount of time the herbs steep will determine the strength of the tea. Steep 1 to 3 minutes for a weaker dose and 5 minutes or longer for a stronger dose. Some herbs are bitter, so you may not want to steep them too long.

By the Cup: Pour 1 cup (8 oz) of boiling water over one tea bag or 1 teaspoon of dried herb. Cover and steep for the desired amount of time.

By the Pot: Add 1 tea bag or 1 teaspoon of dried herbs per cup of boiling water in your teapot. Allow the tea to remain in the pot for the desired length of time and then remove the tea bags or strain the tea to remove loose herbs. Do not drink the entire pot of tea in one sitting. Divide it into portions and drink it a few times throughout the day. Most teas can be consumed multiple times in a day. However, even tea can be dangerous depending on the dose or the volume that you drink. It is not recommended to drink more than 32 ounces per day.

Which Herbs are in Nursing Tea?

The common breastfeeding herbs used in nursing teas are fenugreek, blessed thistle, fennel, stinging nettle, goat's rue, alfalfa, milk thistle, anise, marshmallow root, red raspberry leaf, coriander, caraway, and verbena. Different combinations of these galactagogues and herbs used for relaxation and flavor are mixed together to create a soothing blend.

You can choose to make your own blend by using the herbs that you prefer or the ones that work the best for you. If you do prepare your own tea, make sure you purchase high-quality herbs from a reliable source. Herbs are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) so you may not be able to determine if they have been contaminated if they contain unknown additives, or if they have been misidentified. Some herbs are even toxic.

Buying a Commercial Brand of Nursing Tea

If you do not wish to make you own, you can purchase a commercially prepared nursing tea at a grocery store, pharmacy, vitamin shop, or online. Below are 6 different brands of nursing teas available. Each brand has its own unique combination of herbs designed to promote relaxation and support a healthy supply of breast milk.

Here are 6 Brands of Nursing Teas Available for Purchase:

Traditional Medicinals Organic Mother's Milk Tea

Traditional Medicinals Women's Tea: Herbal Lactation Tea, Nursing Tea, Breastfeeding Tea To Increase Breast Milk Production
Traditional Medicinals Organic Mother's Milk Women's Tea. Amazon

This organic, caffeine-free, licorice flavored tea contains anise, fennel, coriander, fenugreek, blessed thistle, spearmint leaf, lemongrass leaf, lemon verbena leaf, and marshmallow root.

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Earth Mama Angel Baby Organics Milkmaid Nursing Tea

Earth Mama Herbal Nursing Tea for Breastfeeding Mothers: Breastfeeding, Nursing Tea, and Increasing Breast Milk
Earth Mama Angel Baby Organics Milkmaid Nursing Tea. Amazon

Each organic, kosher, caffeine-free tea bag of Milkmaid Tea contains fennel, fenugreek, red raspberry leaf, stinging nettle, milk thistle, orange peel, anise seed, caraway seed and alfalfa leaf.

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Yogi Woman's Nursing Support Tea

Yogi Woman's Nursing Support Tea; Breastfeeding, Nursing Tea, and Increasing Breast Milk Supply.
Yogi Woman's Nursing Support Tea. Amazon

Nursing Support Tea is a mixture of fennel, nettle, anise, fenugreek, chamomile and lavender. It is organic and caffeine-free.

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Weleda Nursing Tea

Weleda Organic Nursing Tea, Breastfeeding, and Increasing The Production of Breast Milk.
Weleda Organic Nursing Tea. Amazon

Weleda Nursing is organic. It contains fennel oil, fenugreek, anise seed, caraway seed, and lemon verbena leaves.

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Fairhaven Health Milkies Nursing Time Tea

Fairhaven Health Milkies Nursing Time Tea, Breastfeeding, and Increasing Breast Milk.
Fairhaven Health Milkies Nursing Time Tea. Amazon

Nursing Time Tea is not sold in tea bags. This loose tea is a blend of fennel seed, goat's rue, blessed thistle, alfalfa, anise seed, and lemon verbena. It is all natural, caffeine-free and has a lemon flavor.

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Bell Lifestyle #32 Nursing Mother's Tea

Bell #32 Nursing Tea
Bell #32 Nursing Mother's Tea. Pricegrabber

Nursing Mother's Tea is an all natural combination of fennel seed, blessed thistle, fenugreek seeds, goat's rue, marshmallow root, nettle leaves, cotton root, anise seeds and milk thistle.


Lawrence, Ruth A., MD, Lawrence, Robert M., MD. Breastfeeding A Guide For The Medical Profession Seventh Edition.  Mosby. 2011.

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