Allergies? Breastfeeding and considering antihistamines?

Spring and summer are high-allergy times for many, breastfeeding moms included. The common approach is to take an anti-histimine to help alleviate the symptoms. You may not know, however, that these antihistimines can also decrease or dry up breastmilk!  These medications are made to dry up secretions and fluids - it will not differentiate between the different body fluids and will commonly decrease breastmilk production.  So keep this in mind if you're thinking of resorting to those anti-histimines!

Echinacea (A.& P. Root)

Acts as a natural antibiotic. It works by stimulating white blood cell production (our body's infection fighters), and works as an anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral. It helps to kill infection and to heal (any infection in or on the body), and helps in cases of colds and flu, especially when used in the early stages of illness or infection.


Fennel Tincture

Fennel is a wonderful herb that helps alleviate tummy upset, colic, reflux, indigestion and heartburn, aids bowel movements, and prevents any associated cramping or griping.  It is also a fantastic herb used to increase milk production in breastfeeding mothers.


Galactagogues - Herbs that Increase Breastmilk Production

A galactagogue is an herb that is used to help increase breastmilk production in nursing mothers. Below is a list of some of the more effective and popular herbs and some important information about each.  For a list of the products that Herb Lore offers that include these herbs, information about which one is appropriate for your situation, and helpful dosage information, please click HERE.

Goat's Rue

Goat's Rue is a powerful herb for stimulating the production and flow of breastmilk. It works directly with the mammary glands, and is a great choice for women experiencing problems with low milk production from the beginning, or for women with previous breast surgeries or IGT (Insufficient Glandular Tissue).



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