Remember my milk supply woes? I thought I had solved them, but apparently not. Apparently, my milk supply is cyclical, and the cycle is weekly: on Thursdays, I pump out the most, and on Mondays, I pump out the least. I THINK it’s because I am actually more stimulated by the pump than my baby. My milk supply rises during the week because I pump 3-4 times a day, and it then drops around the weekend because I stop pumping and just solely breastfeed. So by the time Monday rolls around, I am dripping, instead of flowing, with milk. (Is this too much information? I have no filter between brain and mouth – or in this case, fingertips. It’s one of my character flaws).
The little Apple, although she appears to be a ball of chub and a voracious and round-the-clock breastfeeder, must not actually be removing that much milk from me, although there’s no way to really know. So I have taken to drinking a milk-boosting tea every Sunday night to get my milk to come in…I thought I had found a good one previously, but I am here to attest that I have now found THE ABSOLUTE BEST. It’s by Earth Mama Angel Baby, and it’s called, “Organic Milkmaid Tea.” Um, they aren’t kidding. They should rename it, “Organic Milk Cow Tea,” because my milk comes in like crazy the very next day.
I’ve been breastfeeding for nearly 8 months now, so I thought I was done experiencing the leaky boob syndrome. For those of you who don’t know, in the early days of breastfeeding, your body is still trying to adjust to your baby’s needs, so when you feed the baby on one side, you leak on the other. (This is an embarrassing phenomenon, especially when witnessed and commented on by your mother-in-law, as in, “You’re leaking, Mare.”) Then later on, when your body has adjusted, the leaking stops, as do the milk stains on your best work shirts. So I couldn’t believe it when I started leaking on the non-feeding boob again…I guess it’s this crazy tea! It’s udder-ly amazing.
When I looked at the ingredients, I wasn’t particularly surprised. Fennel, fenugreek, anise seed, nettle, red raspberry leaf – these are all galactagogue herbs that I am used to seeing on the other boxes. Caraway seed was an ingredient that I haven’t seen before, but I am not sure whether that is the difference. Whatever their secret sauce is, I am thinking that I might have a lucrative second career as a wet nurse (gotta pay for day care somehow).
About the only drawback of this tea is that for a day or two after I drink it, I don’t fit into my favorite nursing bra anymore! That’s right…my milk-swollen juggernauts – I mean, jugs – just bust right out.