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Some teas should not be taken during breastfeeding, as they can reduce milk production or harm the baby's he alth, causing diarrhea, gas, intoxication or stomach irritation.
On the other hand, other types of teas, such as fenugreek tea and fennel, are safe and can be consumed during breastfeeding, as they help in the treatment of baby gas and also contribute to increasing breast milk production.
However, it is essential to consult an obstetrician or he alth professional specialized in the use of medicinal plants before drinking any type of tea while breastfeeding.
Teas that can decrease milk production
Some teas that can decrease breast milk production are:
- Lemon balm;
- Periwinkle Herb;
- Holy Espinheira;
Other teas such as peach tea, Brazilian elderberry and avocado should also be avoided during breastfeeding, as they can reduce breast milk production.
Teas that can pass into milk
Teas that can pass into breast milk can not only change the taste and make breastfeeding difficult, but also harm the baby's he alth and, therefore, should not be consumed during breastfeeding.
Some of the teas that can pass into milk are:
- Black tea, green tea or mate tea;
- Carqueja tea;
- Ginseng tea;
- Licorice root tea;
- Gingerbread tea;
- Horsetail tea;
- Artichoke tea;
- Macela tea;
- boldo tea;
- Star anise tea.
Other teas such as turmeric, milleaf, horse chestnut, cologne, garlic and echinacea should also be avoided, as there is no scientific proof that they are safe during breastfeeding.
Safe teas while breastfeeding
Before choosing the type of tea, it is important to consult a doctor or he alth professional specialized in the use of medicinal plants, to avoid harm to the baby's he alth.
However, some types of teas such as fenugreek and fennel, for example, are safe and can be used in breastfeeding to treat problems in the mother or baby. In addition, fenugreek also helps increase breast milk production.