Many mixes experimenting for a beloved Mother’s Milk tea have been created and finally… an herbal mixology has married my ideal blend of herbs for my favorite nursing tea. This blend of herbs was first inspired by some of the ingredients found in a popular lataction stimulating tea from Traditional Medicinals and Mountain Rose Herbs. Researching those common ingredients, my interests grew and I started an investigation more into the properties of other galactagogue herbs that could go into a more personal tea blend.
Galactagogues are plants that contain substances to either increase milk production and or milk flow a.k.a the “let down” in human and lactating animals. More info about galactagogues are available from this infamous breastfeeding support site http://kellymom.com/bf/can-i-breastfeed/herbs/herbal_galactagogue/
Here is the milk inducing tea containing my favorite blend of galactagogues. Keep in mind that these recipes are conjurings of a kitchen witch in the spirit of sharing only not prescribing.
~Nurse Me Mama Tea~
3 Equal parts Red Rooibos, Red Raspberry Leaf, Lemon Balm, Nettles, & Alfalfa Leaf
2 Equal parts Borage, *Goats Rue, fenugreek seed, & fennel seed
1 Part Blessed thistle, Rosehips, & Anise seed
~Steep for 5-10 minutes drink hot or make a big batch then steep for 30 minutes and place in a pitcher for an iced tea to sip through out the day~
*Goats Rue I have found to be my favorite herb for Nursing as it helps with both milk production and flow. Incorporating Goats Rue with Borage has been used to also help with increasing breast size.
Some of the reference books I use for researching herbs are…
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It’s April and just around the corner is the international celebration of Earth Day. Last year around this time we gave away an Eco Cover set to a lucky fan who shared their Eco Resolution with us. In honor of this year’s universal holiday we are giving away another Earth Friendly item from our online shop http://gaiaecosolutions.bigcartel.com… A Coconut Omni slide to size drawstring style One Size cloth diaper from Softbums- including 4 inserts.
To join the giveaway:
We are asking our fans to share a picture of their favorite Fluff (cloth diaper) moment.
Email email@example.com or PM us on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/gaiaecosolutions
Subject: Earthday Giveaway 2013
Include your name with attached photo of your favorite fluff moment and if possible a brief story or cute caption of that memorable moment. Then copy and paste the following statement into the email…
“Gaia Eco Solutions has my permission to use the following quotes and photos in their promotional materials, and any website or Internet posts.”
We will include the photo submissions into an Album on our Gaia Eco Solutions Facebook page, where our fans and yours can vote/ “like” for their favorite fluff moment. The submission with the highest comments and or likes on Earth Day (April-22-2013) will win the giveaway. Winner will be officially announced on this blog and on our FB timeline two days after.
Here’s a youtube informational video of the Softbums Diaper Brand…
Oh yes, I almost forgot to share a couple of my favorite fluff moments…
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3 birth experiences, 3 learning processes, and 3 different birth plans. Birthing our bliss was a work in practice, that’s for sure, and writing up a birth plan that resonated best with our philosophies took just as many drafts.
With our first daughter I naively had such high expectations for everything during my pregnacy and birth with her. And still I had them, even with making an oath that I would not put expectaions on my child and my mothering because I knew they would just limit me. We had planned for a UC birth with our first but after 22 hours of birthing we had decided to call an ambulance and transfer to hospital just to be sure everything was ok. Which it was. I believe that my high expectations caused me to be very anxious the day of her birth, leading to tension in the body, which I’m sure the baby had felt too. And what baby would knowingly come into a world where her mama is on edge? So she stayed until I got to a point of true release. I just “tried” so hard for eveything during her birthing time that I restricted myself from letting go and letting love happen. For goodness sake even her birth plan was pretentious and looking back on it now it reflected so much eagerness that it read more like an essay than the effective and practical birth preference we had perfected by our 3rd baby. In fact the doctor who was assigned to us that night made a comment about it’s, ummm, enthusiasm… he remarks with sweet sarcasm “Sooo, I read War and Peace, and then, I read your Birth Paln.” We had to laught at that, cuz, he was right! It wasn’t the helpful straightforward guideline. It was a record of so many good intentions outlined with ALL the requests of an inexperieced birther covering all bases. After that little embarrassing chuckle the doctor and us broke down a few of our most sought after requests, with “Skin to Skin” (aka the Golden Hour) immediately afterbirth as the most desired.
Learning so much from the birthing experience of our first we dedicated our preparation to researching better ways of natural birthing with our second baby. This was a natural birth made easier with the support of a Cobra Insurance plan that allowed us to set up more personable prenatal visits in comparison to the routine visits I had at public health with our first. Keeping ourselves open to the possibility of a home birth it was still important to us this time around to establish a relationship with a birth attendant instead of being “assigned” one in the event of having to transfer to hospital. In estblishing a healthy relationship with our Midwife it was apparent to us to generate healthy lines of communication and in pursuit of finding the better methods for birthing our bliss we took to even more alternative routes in preparing for birth.
It was after reading the book “Everything Birthing” that we discovered “Hypnobirth”. Finding that Guam offered no local classes for this unique child birthing technique we ended up finding a home study course offered by Hypnobabies. It wasn’t until going through the Hypnobabies course that I learned how to truly “let go and let love”, how to write an effective birth plan, and how to finally “relax”- Being so comfortable that we were able to have the home water birth we so desired and in half the time of our last birthing experience.
Finding out we were expecting a third child caught us quite by surprise. By this point hubbs and I had started getting comfortable with the idea of just being a family of four. We had already donated most of our baby gear that preparing for a new baby and another birthing experience was catching us quite off guard. Once again I felt my expectations overwhelming my heart and clouding my resolve.
Birth with baby #1 was learning, #2 empowering,… What is #3 going to be, I asked myself anxiously. All throughout my pregnancy with our first was like honeymooning- a discovery of new love and dreams of our future. Pregnancy with our second was highly intuitive. Our second baby sent many messages, in dreams, meditations, and even third party contacts to make pre-birth communication more profound. The pregnancy insight with the third baby was calm with very few transmissions but when received were so wise in their simplicity. Like a placid lake to which a rock is thrown into it, creating ripples so obvious, and would have otherwise gone unnoticed if thrown into a turbulent ocean. I could really go off a tangent here with my accounts on pre-birth communication but for sake of staying on topic I’ll continue on with my accounts on natural birth preparation and effective birth plan writing.
So if birth #1 was Learning, #2 Empowering, I’d say that #3 was a Release! Releeease, yes, that it was! Not being quite clear on what birth experience we were going to have with baby #3 we decided to “release” ourselves to the moment birth began. Be it at home, a birth center, or hospital – with family and friends present, without family or friends present- we would just flow towards what felt the most comfortable for us in that moment and so designed our birth plan to support that approach.
The 3rd time we chose a Midwife that would be compassionate about our desires. Who will be a strong advocate for those desires as well as our best interests. From there we went on to reviewe our Hypnobabies material and then finalized our birth plan to simply, yet effectively, direct the flow of our birthing day… what ever that was going to look like. It’s been said that no one birth is quite the same as another and so goes the children born to these experiences even with the variables of the same parents involved.
It is with the preparations of each birth and the writing of each birth plan- despite the variables of the same people involved. Our birth preparations and birth plans have all been generated with intent of our situations at that time. I now share the following examples of each one of our birth plans from our 1st to our 3rd… When writing up a birth plan keep to heart that no matter the birthing style, a birth plan is not only an effective tool for fostering healthy communication with those attending your birth but a wonderful outline for mapping out one’s personal desires for their birth preparations.
Example Birth Plan From First Birthing Experience : Wordy, Pretentious and Overwhelming.
Example Birth Plan From Second Birth Experience : Shorter and sweeter more positive tones. And now titled “Birth Preferences” instead of Birth Plan.
Example Birth Plan for Third Birth Experience: Similar to second birth plan but written more straight forward. Bulleted with no explanations for our requests.
Three Simple Suggestions for Writing an Effective Birth Plan:
1. Simplify- keep it to one page and bulleted.
2. Share- your desires in a direct yet non threatening tone.
3. Suggest- offer points that will allow attendants to aid you more efficiently.
And keep to heart that we are all human beings and that in order to get respect we must also practice respect. This is very possible with out compromising the integrity of one’s desires just by how we choose our supporters and how we approach any situation. Oh yes and it never hurts to present a “Thank You In Advance” type of note or card accompanied with a little treat such as a “birthing”day cake or muffins to share with your birthing day attendants. It’s just polite and sets off a grateful and joyous atmosphere during the day of birthing.