Monday, March 8, 2010

Mother's Milk Tea

Before Tye was born, I prepared for breastfeeding. We spent a long time talking about it in our childbirth class with doula Jacque. I spoke over the phone with a lactation consultant and read the manual that accompanied my breast pump, both provided through a lactation program at Tyler's company. I bought nipple cream and nursing bras. And I bought organic herbal tea by Traditional Medicinals called Mother's Milk, designed specifically to promote healthy lactation.
The day after Tye came home, my mom made me a cup of the tea and let it steep 10 minutes, covered, as the directions instructed. I could smell it from the living room- strong and bitter, tasting overwhelmingly of fennel. I suffered through drinking the cup, sip by bitter sip, and I've continued to drink at least four cups a day. Often, I'll brew two cups at a time, let them cool, and then chug them just to get the chore done. When we hosted play group, I offered a cup to another mom who was breastfeeding. When she asked if it was good, I didn't even hesitate before answering bluntly, "No."
I've been through boxes and boxes of the stuff. Let's say I average 3 cups a day, which is a slight underestimate. That's still 336 cups I've drunk diligently in attempt to keep my milk supply flowing. This morning, I decided I needed a break and went to blend the Mother's Milk with a fruity rooibos tea when I found, hiding in the cupboard just behind my rooibos, an even better option. Trader Joe's makes Raspberry Fruit Infusion tea bags, herbal tea loaded with so much red raspberry juice concentrate that it tastes like hot raspberry juice when it's brewed. I added one bag of the Raspberry tea to my normal two cups of Mother's Milk tea, removing the Raspberry tea bag after 3 minutes and the Mother's Milk tea bags after the required 10. The raspberry flavor blended with the fennel to create a tea that is actually quite palatable and, for the first time in 336 cups, enjoyable.
Why did it take this long for me to figure this out?

1 comment:

  1. Just think, when Tye comes home from high school and asks if she can go on a date with the baddest boy in school, the one who has a car and whose parents are never home, you can tell her...I suffered through 336 cups of bitter tea so that you could grow up happy and healthy! Now, go find a nice boy at the library! :)


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