Nursing Beverages

Lactogenic beverages are great for mothers that are nursing.  These beverages promote healthy lactation and help to nourish the mother and baby.

Oatmeal Tea

Pour boiling water onto 1 heaping teaspoon of oatmeal flakes in a mug.  Add a pinch of powdered cinnamon and ginger, or other spices. Sweeten w/ honey, maple syrup, or other natural sweetener if desired.  The grain and spice will sink to the bottom of the cup.  If you would rather not have them in your cup while you drink, strain the liquid off.

Chickpea- Water (Garbanzo)

Chickpea water is mentioned in ancient Egyptian herbal as a remedy to increase milk production.  Thoroughly rinse, and them soak 1 handful of chickpea for at least 1 1/2 hours in plenty of water, and then drain.  On low heat, simmer the chickpea in 1 quart of water for at least 1 1/2 hours, adding water if necessary.  Add a pinch of sea salt, dash of thyme, basil, or marjoram.  Drink the chickpea throughout the day.  Use the chickpea in a meal.

Quinoa Water

Quinoa is an ancient grain-like seed of Peru, where it is traditionally used by breastfeeding mothers to support lactation.  Quinoa contains a good balance of all eight essential amino acids, and many vitamins and minerals.

Thoroughly rinse, and soak 1/2 cup for 1 1/2 hours, and drain.  Place the quinoa in a quart of water and simmer for twenty minutes, adding water if necessary.  Strain the water off, add cinnamon and sweeten.  Use the quinoa in soup or salad.

Barley-Water

Barley water is used medicinally to treat colds, intestinal problems, and liver disorders.  It was recorded in Greek medicine two thousand years ago as a galactagogue.  Taken regularly for a week two, it often helps mothers with chronic low milk supply.  Make a pot in the morning and drink throughout the day, warming each cup and sweetening with natural sweetener as desired.

It can be made with whole grain or pearl barley.  Barley flakes can also be used, though these have been processed and possibly less potent than the whole or pearled grain.

Preparation:

~Quick and easy: 1/2 cup of flakes can be simmered in 1 quart of water for twenty minutes.

~Long and intensive- 1 cup of whole barley is soaked overnight, and then simmered on low heat in 3 quarts of water for up to 2 hours.  About half the liquid should cook off.  (Some recipes call for only 1/2 hour cooking time.  However, the longer the barley simmers and the more purple the water becomes, then more of the “cream” will enter the water, and the stronger the medicinal effect will be).

~When finished, remove from stove and filter the water from the grain.  The grain is now tasteless and can be thrown away.  Add 1 Tablespoon of fennel powder or steep 2-3 teaspoons of fennel seeds for 10 minutes in the barley water.

~Powdered fenugreek seed is tastier than fennel in barley water.

These are just a few examples of lactation beverages.  I have used the Oatmeal Tea and Barley Water with great results.  It is important for proper nourishment and care when nursing.  The mother needs lots of rest, love, and healthy food.  This insures a successful breastfeeding experience.

These drinks are listed in this book.  An amazing resource for all breastfeeding mothers.

Also, there are many other herbs that can be taken in capsule form or by tea that promote healthy lactation.  Thank goodness for the internet and home research.

~ Green Boot Girl

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