In past years, I’ve hosted the Latch On! breastfeeding series during August, which I really enjoy writing and readers seemed to enjoy reading. If you’d like to revisit some of my previous posts, here’s a few links!
- Tongue tie and breastfeeding
- Cloth diapers and breastfeeding
- A poem about breastfeeding my baby
- When breastfeeding fails
- Myths about breastfeeding
- When my first baby weaned
Now on to year FOUR of the Latch On: Breastfeeding Series here on A Year With Mom and Dad!
When Kim from mamatea offered to send some of her breastfeeding tea my way at no charge for review, I knew her product would be the perfect thing to share with you on August 1 – the start of World Breastfeeding Week 2013!
Now I knew yummy lactation cookies can help promote milk supply, but now you can have a cup of tea with your cookies for improved milk supply during breastfeeding!
Here’s Kim’s story about the creation of mamatea:
After using nursing / pregnancy teas in the past, and finding the flavors distasteful (although the results were great for her), Kim decided to create her own herbal blends. Her goal: to develop an herbal tea for each stage of a woman’s journey toward motherhood (preconception, pregnancy, postpartum). And, in addition to being beneficial, also the tea would have to be delicious!
After many variations to achieve the perfect balance of flavor and “active” herbs, she had mamatea – a tea blend with pleasant aroma and flavor, but with the “oomph” to nourish the body.
mamatea blends are caffeine free and made with organic and all natural ingredients.
Kim has actually had tests done on her teas – like HPLC (high performance liquid chromatography) to measure the active levels in the herbs. Microbiological tests check for yeast, mold, and bacterial pathogens, and organoleptic tests determine quality and screen out adulterated product.
Wow. That’s a sophisticated process!
Also, all the mamatea blends are a loose-leaf tea, so you can brew your perfect cup of tea to your preference. And aren’t these loose leaf teas just gorgeous? Look at the beautiful dried fruit and flowers!
When I first opened my Nursing Mama tea, a sweetly pleasant aroma greeted me.
Now, although I have not personally had many issues with low supply (except initially when I was dealing with the tongue-tie with my first son), I know fenugreek can help bring up your supply:
Fenugreek works because it stimulates sweat glands, and the milk ducts actually operate and function the same as sweat glands – thus fenugreek helps increase milk production. Most women will experience results within 24-72 hours of starting to drink Nursing Mama fenugreek tea.
A lot of moms turn their nose up at the bitter taste of fenugreek, but I didn’t get a bitter taste at all from this tea. I brewed my tea in my LibreTea cup easily and enjoyed a fruity beverage!
Since my son turned a year last month, we have been gently weaning him during the daytime. He still nurses when he wakes and sleeps, and if he wants to in-between too. My first weaned fully around sixteen months… and I suspect our baby will be about the same as he seems more interested in other things now. Last night he nursed for about one minute before falling asleep.
So… my attention will turn to improving fertility and overall women’s health. I don’t know if we’ll have another baby, but if we do I want to be in optimal health. I’ll switch to drinking mamatea Preconception Tea. The main feature of the Preconception Tea is red raspberry leaf. I’ve written before about the benefits of red raspberry leaf, and here’s what Kim has to tell us:
Red raspberry leaf is also beneficial in a preconception tea because it promotes hormonal balance by lowering levels of excess hormones, and with a more balanced reproductive system, pregnancy is more likely to occur.
Finally, red raspberry leaf preconception tea also helps tones all of the muscles in the pelvis, primarily the uterus – especially important in preparing the uterus for the implantation of your baby. And a well-toned uterus will lessen your chance for miscarriage, as the preconception tea will promote a rich uterine lining and strong blood flow to keep a healthy baby growing.
mamatea offers so many blends. One for Cycle-Ease (I may have to get that!), another for Post-partum (what a lovely gift idea!), and for Pregnancy and morning sickness (the Keep It Down blend). I love that there’s something for any discomfort we women go through (but boy, this reminds me, we really get put through the ringer in our lifetime! Way to go, mamas!).
Which tea blend(s) do you need for this stage of your life?
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Thanks to mamatea for sending items for review and offering a giveaway. All opinions are 100% my own.