Becoming a parent is a big deal. Becoming a mum is even bigger. After 9 months of carrying a baby, you are now responsible for a small, helpless baby that relies on you for nourishment. The reality of this can be overwhelming.
Natural Support for Breastfeeding
For those that are breastfeeding, traditional plant medicine can be a valuable support. Galactagogic herbs such as Fennel and Aniseed support milk flow and milk quality. These herbs have been used for generations by medical herbalists. Raspberry leaf is also important as not only supports milk supply, but also uterine recovery, which is essential post childbirth.
When breastfeeding, it is important to hydrate regularly. Breast milk is predominantly made of water, so it is essential to stay hydrated. Taking herbs in a tea remedy gives you all the remedial benefits with a boost of hydration! Make up a flask or jug in the morning to set you up for the day – prepare according to the directions, then drink hot or cold.
Ensuring the right technique for breastfeeding is also important. Lactation consultants and midwives are specialists in this area and will be able to help with technique and positioning. Asking for help before issues arise may stop cracked, irritated nipples from becoming severe.
Aside from breastfeeding, there are many other challenges in the first 3 months with a newborn. In this period newborns are learning how to live outside of the womb. They slowly learn to self-settle, sleep alone and feed efficiently. However, this skill development takes time and can be frustrating for parents. Traditional plant medicine can support families in a multitude of ways throughout the fourth trimester and beyond.
Lack of Energy
All new parents are tired! With multiple wake ups throughout the night, both parents can feel fatigued. Taking energizing herbs like Sencha Green Tea with herbs that nourish your adrenal system is a balanced way to support stress and energy levels. Licorice is an adaptogenic herb, meaning it supports the adrenal glands and helps the body manage stress by modulating cortisol levels.
Adequate Iron Levels
Nettle is a medical herbalist's favorite due to its high nutritional profile and provision of plant-based iron. In pregnancy, iron requirements double as the mother’s blood supply increases. Daily consumption of plant medicine like nettle may help to support healthy iron levels.
Impaired Immune Defences
New parents also need to take care of their immune system. When we are tired and stressed, immunity is one of the first things to suffer. Many parents find in the first year of parenting they fall ill more often. This could be attributed to a lack of sleep. Protecting your immunity can be as simple as including a formulation of herbs that boost your immunity. Thyme, Echinacea, Olive leaf, St. Mary’s Thistle, Sage and Angelica are great choices which support a healthy immune response. Good gut health is linked to good immunity so also consider a good quality, broad-spectrum probiotic.
Finding support where you can is essential as the first 3 months mark a huge step in the growth of your baby. Artemis products are suitable throughout pregnancy and breastfeeding, supporting your family through this special time.
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