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#1 of 11 Old 07-24-2004, 05:40 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I was wondering if anyone has experienced any problems with fussiness/gassiness from their babe after drinking Peppermint Tea?

I thought it was suppose to be a good thing, but I've quit drinking it the past few days and Jack is like another baby. I had cut all kinds of stuff out of my diet trying to help his fussiness, dairy, etc. Nothing worked. Then I quit drinking the tea, and bam. Happy baby!

Or is it just coincidence... since he is now 8 weeks and getting acquainted with his new world.... ??
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Peppermint reduces milk supply- maybe when you quit, it gave him more milk or made it easier for him to get.

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Below is a link to KellyMom.com which states that it can diminish supply and should definitely not be given directly to the child. Since every breastfeeding family is different, perhaps it did upset your ds. It's probably a good thing to leave it out of your diet for awhile.

I had to stay away from all citrus, especially any form of strawberry the first two years of dd's life. At 28 months she can now handle small amounts of citrus juice and fruit.

http://www.kellymom.com/herbal/ref/h...tml#peppermint

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Good grief. Talk about timing. I have a cup of hot water in the mircrowave right now, ready for a bag of peppermint tea I have. Glad I havent drank any yet. Guess that I will get out the mothers milk tea.
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Good grief is right! O-mi-god.... I had no idea. I feel like my milk supply is fine, but it is most CERTAINLY not as much as it was with ds #1, but I suppose that is to be expected.

I wonder if Peppermint soap does anything? I love Peppermint! LOL! I have been using Peppermint soap, too.

Do you think I am safe with chamomille or fennel tea? I have both of those in the cupboard....
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Both fennel and chamomile are both safe. I am not sure about chamomile, but fennel is in Mothers Milk tea.
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Peppermint also can cause acid reflux in people who are prone to it, so I imagine it could have the same effect on a nursing baby.

Chamomile should be fine, assuming hay fever-type allergies don't run in your family. Chamomile is related to ragweed and is highly allergenic. If you think your baby may grow up and have seasonal allergies, I'd avoid chamomile. (In fact, I do avoid chamomile because of DH's ragweed allergies.)
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Peppermint also can cause acid reflux in people who are prone to it, so I imagine it could have the same effect on a nursing baby.

Chamomile should be fine, assuming hay fever-type allergies don't run in your family. Chamomile is related to ragweed and is highly allergenic. If you think your baby may grow up and have seasonal allergies, I'd avoid chamomile. (In fact, I do avoid chamomile because of DH's ragweed allergies.)
Yes, I get hay fever, although Chamomile tea has never bothered me. But sounds like I better avoid that too.

So what CAN I drink? SHould I just get the Mother's Milk brand?
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So what CAN I drink? SHould I just get the Mother's Milk brand?

if looking for something hot, hot cocoa is what i drink

unless you have seen problems with citrus, lemon or orange teas are yummy,. as are many others (raspberry, etc). i only drink these things when cold though. i prefer ice water usually

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Yeah, I was just looking for something hot. I am out of the "cup of coffee a day" phase and would like to keep it like that for awhile, so I've been drinking hot tea, no caffeine....
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I can't drink hot chocolate/coffee at all; Eli cannot handle even the smallest amounts of caffiene in my milk. It's a real shame, because I'm soooo in the mood for a cappuccino I could scream...

I wish someone had told me that pepermint can reduce supply! I may start drinking it every day! :LOL It's good to know.

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