Hello! I'm a first time mother-to-be living in Argentina about to have a baby boy. I'm almost 8 months along and I had a strange question. My mom sent me 'Traditional Medicinals Organic Pregnancy Tea' which is great and has great all organic ingredients to get ready for birth, but I noticed it contained Spearmint.
Bitter Fennel Fruit
Lemon Verbena Leaf
I know spearmint is used to decrease milk supply in breastfeeding women. I've been avoiding anything minty since then so as to have plenty of milk for when the baby is born. I even have to make my own toothpaste!
I thought maybe the other ingredients might counteract the affects of spearmint, or maybe spearmint won't affect my milk supply during pregnancy. I'm stumped! Can anyone help me out?
Holly and David
Adaline (3/20/10), and Charlie (1/26/12- 4/10/12) and our identical twins Callie and Wendy (01/04/13)
Agreed, I wouldn't worry in the least. I wouldn't go around drinking mint essential oil, but you really don't need to avoid toothpaste and such things. The spearmint in that mix would mostly be for taste - some of those herbs taste pretty dreadful (nettles. oh my word). All things in moderation! (ok, that rule doesn't apply to some things, like, oh, street drugs for example, but you know what I'm saying). Some of those herbs are traditionally used to increase milk supply (nettle, alfalfa and fennel), so even if you are really concerned about the mint, there's enough in there to more than compensate.
On a purely individual basis, I drank red raspberry and alfalfa with spearmint all through both of my pregnancies, and continued afterwards, and I actually have an oversupply.
For greater things are yet to come...
I think the OP posted this thread twice, as I remember answering this already.
Again, milk supply doesn't "remember" the tea you drank months ago. So the tea you drink now in your pregnancy can't possibly effect the milk supply you have once your baby is born. I have no idea whether spearmint really does effect your milk supply--if it does, avoid it when you're lactating. But not months before you're lactating.
Mother's milk tea which is supposed to help in lactation as a small amount of spearmint.
I thought peppermint was to be avoided at all costs....
Why would they add spearmint to a lactation tea?????