CorasMama ~ As I said, I am no expert, just know what worked for my son and myself. I think it is good of you to remind newmama that herbs are medicines and suggest for her to consult with a natruopath, however, I don't think it is correct to equate herbs with prescription or over the counter medications ~ yes some herbs are medicines and are made up of chemicals, naturally occurring chemicals ~they are not the same as toxic chemical drugs IMO. I also think it is OK to treat some common ailments of childhood yourself without seeing a doctor (or even a naturopath ~ We tried to go the route of a naturopath but they are very exprensive (at least the ones we went to in our area) and are not covered by our insurance ~ So we chose to educate ourselvs on herbs, homeopathy etc for common illnesses and see our family doc if/when necessary). I also believe it is important though to educate yourself and trust your instincts as to when you need a doc vs when you can treat something yourself with herbs, homeopathy or other means.
I would also just like to defend myself a bit here in that I didn't say if she sat and drank chamomile and catnip tea ALL DAY and nursed her baby that the baby wouldn't get a bit too much of the herb, INSTEAD what I did say (and you actually quoted) was "take an adult dose (most say that is a cup of tea) and the babe will get what he/she needs from your milk from there", which I have read many times ( just and example :Smart Medicine for a Healthier Child by Janet Zand LAc, OMD; Rachel Walton, RN and Bob Roundtree, MD states: "A nursing mother may also take an adult dose of the appropriate herbal treatment. The herbs will be transmitted to her baby through her breast milk, filtered and diluted to the appropriate strength.") and really believe is true after using herbs in this exact way many times for my son when he was very young (and they helped tremendously for colic, restlessness, etc). Maybe I was a bit misleading in saying that "only the right does will enter your milk" as I wasn't implying that our bodies are that smart as to filter out everything except what the baby needs. If this was true (and it would be wonderful if it were) there wouldn't be harmful chemicals absorbed by our bodies from food, air, etc that would enter our breastmilk. I was simply trying to reassure her that it is very difficult to OD on herbs especially if you take the correct dose and again educate yourself on what that doseage is (By the way, Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Year is a great book and we used some of her remedies for Isaiah when he had really bad colic, for diaper rash and thrush) BUT this is a difficult medium to get your point across exactly right, and I felt that it was clarified by my last statement as it is quoted above (again, difficult medium so maybe that point was a little blurred too).
Anyway ~ I appreciate your questioning my statement because if you had these concerns/questions I'm sure others did also BUT I just wanted to clarify these points as I really believe in the power of healing herbs and natural medicines as our best treatment for our families unless traditional health care is truely warrented. I also believe in a parent's ability to treat most minor ailments at home, most of our grandmothers didn't run to the pediatrician at the first sign of a problem, they tried to help with their traditional knowledge first. It is good that the medical doctors are around when we need them, but we don't need them all of the time.