Does Mothers Milk Tea Actually Work?

Mothers milk tea is a herbal tea designed to help with the production of breast milk for mums. Mothers milk tea is a tisane (or herbal blend) and not an actual tea as it doesn’t contain any leaves from the tea plant (the Camilla sinensis plant). Many breastfeeding mamas swear by the medicinal benefits of drinking lactation tea, but does it actually work?

  • What is mothers milk tea?

  • What are the ingredients in milk boosting tea?

  • What are the benefits and side effects?

  • And what other lactation teas are available?

Mothers Milk Tea: The Ultimate Guide

What are the benefits, what are the side effects and does it work?

What is Mothers Milk Tea?

Mother’s milk tea is a special herbal blend that is known to help with increasing milk supply for lactating mums. All of the ingredients work to help boost milk production. Most of the ingredients are known as ‘galactagogues’. Galactagogues is the name given for milk making aids. Sometimes cows are given artificial galactogogues to help boost their milk production. One of the main milk boosting ingredients in mothers milk tea is fenugreek. This herb in particular has been used by lactating mums for centuries.

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What are the Ingredients?

The ingredients in mothers milk tea vary across the different brands, however, the ingredients listed in Traditional Medicinals organic blend include: bitter fennel fruit. anise fruit, coriander fruit, fenugreek seed, blessed thistle herb, spearmint leaf, west Indian lemongrass leaf, lemon verbena leaf, marshmallow root.

Is Mother’s Milk Tea Vegan?

The ingredients will vary in different brands, however the ingredients in Traditional Medicinals are non GMO, organic and vegan friendly too. Many of the mother’s milk tea blends do not contain any milk ingredients. You can also make your very own mothers milk tea blend.

What are the Benefits of Drinking Mothers Milk Tea?

Aside from the benefits of boosting milk supply, the herbs found in mothers milk tea have other benefits too, including:

  • Fenugreek is also known to help lower blood sugar levels, lower inflammation and can be found in some slimming aids due to it’s ability to aid in suppressing the appetite.

  • Blessed milk thistle also contains anti-viral properties and is commonly used as a herbal remedy to aid in the treatment of liver conditions.

  • Apart from ridding the house of evil spirits, bitter fennel fruit can help with speeding up digestion and even help relieve unpleasant flatulence!

  • Mums taking fenugreek or nettle is also known to help aid in the relief of colic for breastfed babies. Although nettle is not found in mothers milk tea made by Traditional Medicinals, it is found in some other alternative milk boosting teas.

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What are the Side Effects?

Studies show that there are no adverse side effects on breastfeeding mothers or infants from taking mothers milk tea. However, here are a list of some of the side effects reported by mums from taking mothers milk tea:

  • Diarrhea, stomach cramps, nausea and digestive complaints

  • Issues with asthma

  • Strange maple scent in breastmilk and perspiration

Interestingly enough, some lactation tea contains mint. It is suggested that mint should be avoided whilst breastfeeding as it could have a negative effect on milk production. Other herbs to avoid include: parsley, sage, oregano and thyme.

If you do experience any side effects or allergic reactions from taking mothers milk tea or any herbal supplements/remedies, it is always best to stop taking it and consult your healthcare provider, or lactation specialist. And it is always a good idea to obtain approval from your health care provider before taking herbal supplements/remedies.

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How to Make it Taste Better

Personally, I’m not a fan of the overly strong licorice-y and fennel taste of this tea, but some people love it. This tea is a bit like marmite, you either love it or hate it.

If you are like me, here are a few ideas to help make it taste a little bit better:

  • Add fruit: fruits such as slices of lemons or squashed berries

  • Add sweetener: honey, sugar, agave or maple syrup

  • Mix it up: Brew mothers milk tea together with your favourite decaf tea and add milk and sugar

  • Make a milk tea: Steep mothers milk tea in hot chocolate or directly in sweetened milk

  • Make a latte: Make a mother’s milk tea latte. Here’s how to make any tea latte at home

  • Ice it up: Pour your hot tea over a large glass of ice with slices of fruit and a drizzle of honey for an iced mothers milk tea

  • Brew a toddy: Brew directly in hot apple juice (just like in this apple chai hot toddy) with a dash of sweet maple syrup and a cinnamon stick (pour over ice if you prefer something a bit more refreshing on hot days)

What can I eat to Increase Breast Milk Production?

Along with the herbs found in mothers milk tea, other foods that have milk boosting, galactagogue properties include: oats, chickpeas, almonds, fennel, spices made from seeds, dark leafy greens, fenugreek and raspberry leaf tea.

There are countless recipes online for lactation support. These include yummy lactation cookies made with oats, flaxseeds and brewers yeast.

Lots of new mums are reaching for Milk Dust! Milk Dust is a gluten free, dairy free and organic protein powder designed for breastfeeding mums. Ingredients include: pea protein, brown rice protein, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds and flax seeds

And many mamas are now swearing by a new sports drink called Body Armor in a bid to boost milk production.

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When Should you Drink Lactation Tea?

To gain the full benefits that mothers milk tea has to offer, it is recommended to drink around 2-4 cups per day to see the lactogenic effects. The herbs found in mothers milk tea are naturally caffeine free and so this tea can be enjoyed at any time of the day or night. It is further recommended to drink a cup of tea just before pumping or feeding to help empty more milk.

Is it Safe to Drink Mother’s Milk Tea Everyday?

Whilst it is considered safe, and many mums drink mothers milk tea everyday, it’s always best to check with your healthcare provider when taking any herbal supplements or remedies.

What is in Mother’s Milk Tea That Helps Boost Milk Supply in New Mums?

What are the active ingredients in mother’s milk tea PLUS the best time to start taking it

When to Start Drinking Mother’s Milk Tea

The best time to starting drinking mothers milk tea is after the birth and start by drinking just one cup a day to see how you get on. Some of the herbs found in mothers milk tea are best avoided during pregnancy and can cause uterine cramps. It is always best to seek medical advice from your healthcare provider.


How Long Does it Take for Mother's Milk Tea to Start Working?

Mother’s milk tea should start working within a day or two of taking it. Everyone is different and will get different results, some mums may benefit more than others.

Can you Blend Your own Milk Boosting Tea at Home?

Yes! You can absolutely make your own blend at home. There are lots of recipes online, I especially love this homemade blend from Wellness Mama which includes red raspberry leaf, alfalfa leaf, nettle and fenugreek This blend also includes chamomile flowers. Chamomile is important to help lower anxiety and stresses. Chamomile tea is a wonderful tea to drink right before bed time to aid in a restful nights sleep.

Read more: What are the benefits of chamomile tea?


Alternative Brands of Lactation Teas

Traditional Medicinals may be one of the most popular brands to bring us lactation boosting tea, but there are lots of other options out there. Here are a selection of teas available to purchase online:

HOTTEA MAMA Milk’s up Breastfeeding Tea

HOTTEA MAMA’s Milk’s up breastfeeding tea is available in pyramid style tea bags. The all natural, caffeine free ingredients include: fennel seeds, anise, nettle leaf, fenugreek seeds, lemon verbena and rosemary. This brand of tea also offer the following mama approved teas:

  • The Final Push Raspberry Leaf Tea

  • Night Owl Sleep Supporting Tea

  • Morning Rescue Support Tea

Nipper & Co Organic Mums Milk Tea

This tea made by Nipper & Co is slightly more expensive than HOTTEA MAMA’s offering, however, the ingredients are all organic. Nipper & Co currently sell this tea on Amazon. Nipper & Co blend all natural organic teas in the UK. The ingredients in this milk boosting tea include: fenugreek, thyme, aniseed, fennel and caraway. Nipper & Co also blend a tea just for kids.

Myrtle & Maude - Organic Breastfeeding Tea for Lactation

Myrtle & Maude’s blend of all natural, all organic ingredients includes fenugreek, aniseed, fennel seed, chamomile, caraway seed and nettle leaf. Myrtle & Maude’s beautiful pink and green patterned tea pouch includes 15 pyramid tea bags. Myrtle & Maude, Yorkshire based company, also offer supplements for women’s fertility.

Earth Mama Angel Baby Milkmaid Tea

Earth Mama are a US brand of tea that bring us this hugely popular Milkmaid tea which is certified organic and certified kosher too. The ingredients in this Milkmaid tea include: fenugreek, fennel seed, red raspberry leaf, nettle leaf, milk thistle seed, orange peel, anise seed, caraway seed, and alfalfa leaf.

Apotheke Pavel Vana Herbal Nursing Tea

Definitely one of the most budget friendly lactation teas available. The ingredients include: goat's rue, lemon balm, fennel fruit, cummin fruit and anice fruit. It not 100% organic like some of the other brands but it is a 100% natural and plant based product with excellent user reviews. The product description also states that it has a positive effect of digestion and calming the digestive tract of the mother and the baby.

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