Right after Everly was born our midwife suggested I drink a tea of catnip and lemon balm to help us both relax and sleep.
You see in those first few days I was all keyed up and could only stare at Everly in awe when I should have been sleeping and Everly was pretty fussy in the middle of the night which stressed us out.
Everyone said she might be colicky because of the crying even though the rule of three wasn’t happening in her case. Anyway the cat nip tea/ lemon balm tea did wonders for us in those first few days.
I was just reading about another calming tea for babies and breastfeeding mothers that uses chamomile, fennel and catnip that I wanted to share:
Just before bedtime combine:
- 2 teaspoons of chamomile flowers
- 1 teaspoon of fennel leaves
- 1 teaspoon of catnip leaves
Then using an infuser and add 2 cups of heated water and drink. It tastes good with a bit of honey.
The tea is said to work by calming the mother which in turn calms the baby per Traditional Chinese Medicine techniques.
Some also say that breastfeeding mothers who drink the tea about an hour before baby’s bedtime pass the herbs through breast milk to the baby thus calming baby two fold.
Did you know Sage, Peppermint Oil, Spearmint, Parsley, Chickweed, Black Walnut, stinging nettles, Yarrow, Herb Robert, Oregano, Periwinkle Herb, Sorrel, and Vitamin B6 are all shown to reduce your milk supply? If you are going for a herbal tea while breastfeeding be sure to avoid those that contain milk supply reducing ingredients.