Monday, December 31, 2012

Mrs. Patel's Milk Makers Review: Lactation and Postpartum Treats

    In the first few months with baby number one, I had no idea what a galactagogue was (herbal remedies for increasing milk supply). Interesting how such a funny sounding word could have such a significant impact on the growth of my babies. I had a very challenging first time around with breastfeeding, followed by more challenges with my second baby {more on my story here}, and I have to say that I may have finally got it right the third time around. 
    Determined to prove that I could breastfeed and yield a chunky baby, I set out to equip myself with the best breastfeeding arsenal I could find. I had studied a little bit of Ayurveda (the ancient form of medicine practiced in India for over a thousand years) in the past, so I was familiar with the idea that foods can be used for healing. So when I came across Mrs. Patel's Milk Makers products and their balance of lactation supporting ingredients and herbs for a postpartum healing, I knew it was a good fit. 
The proof is in the puddin': Ocean, my 5 month old 20 pounder
Munch Crunch: For lactation and Digestion. Eat after (or with) your meal, a lot like the "candy" tray you see as you leave the Indian Food restaurant.
     Not only do Mrs. Patel's Milk Makers products work, but in my humble opinion, they are seriously DELICIOUS. My daily peanut butter fenugreek bars were my special little healthy treat that not only helped nourish my baby, but helped me in my postpartum recovery. After I finished the box that Mrs. Patel sent me to try, I went ahead and ordered myself two boxes more :) Since I tried the peanut butter bars, she came out with her Chocolate Fenugreek Bars, which sound heavenly.
     Along with her Munch Crunch and Fenugreek bars, they also have lactation teas which yield the most milk production out of the products they offer. They are caffeine free and help to gently detoxify your body postpartum. I am really excited to try their Chai tea, yes you heard me right, CHAI! They are the only company on the market offering a lactation tea with these flavor profiles and I think it would be amazing to make myself a Chai Latte with some almond milk-YUM!
    Make sure you explore the website and follow on Twitter and Facebook because I hear their gluten-free and vegan Fenugreek Bars are almost here! Also, you can grab yourself 20% off your first order by using MAKEMILK at checkout. If you're pregnant and reading this now, I would order your goodies around 37 weeks because because you can always freeze the bars and bring them to the fridge when the baby is born.
I hope you enjoy these delicious treats as much as I do!
With love,
Maryam
*If you're a first-time mom, it might be a good idea to wait and watch your baby's signs to make sure that you indeed need help with your milk supply. Many women have a strong and healthy supply from the get-go. If you're not sure, here are the signs of oversupply.

***Just so you friends know, I was given Mrs. Patel's Milk Makers products in order to review this company, but everything I have written is my own and from the heart. I only accept to review products and companies that I truly love. Kapeesh?***

Monday, December 24, 2012

{Peppermint and Breastfeeding}: Herbs that Decrease Your Milk Supply

     Since it's the season for holiday goodies, I wanted to leave a quick reminder for those peppermint lovers like me. Sad to say, but both peppermint/menthol and spearmint DECREASE your milk supply. Small portions should be fine, but if you like to bask in teapots of peppermint tea, or a few tubs of candy cane ice cream (my all-time fav.) just be ware. Because in this case, too much of a good thing seems to be of a disservice to you and your baby. *sad face*

    Here are a few other herbs that decrease your milk supply that I got from Kelly Mom:
  • Black Walnut
  • Chickweed
  • Herb Robert (Geranium robertianum)
  • Lemon Balm
  • Oregano
  • Parsley (Petroselinum crispum)
  • Peppermint (Mentha piperita)/Menthol
  • Periwinkle Herb (Vinca minor)
  • Sage (Salvia officinalis)
  • Sorrel (Rumex acetosa)
  • Spearmint
  • Thyme
  • Yarrow
Herbs that may be harmful to mom and/or baby
Other herbs should be avoided while nursing due to their potential for harming mom and/or baby. Here are a few herbs that are generally considered to be contraindicated for nursing mothers. This is by no means a complete list.
  • Bladderwrack
  • Buckthorn
  • Chaparral
  • Coltsfoot (Farfarae folium)
  • Dong Quai (Angelica Root)
  • Elecampane
  • Ephedra / Ephedra sinica / Ma Huang
  • Ginseng (Panax ginseng)
  • Indian Snakeroot
  • Kava-kava (piper methysticum)
  • Petasites root
  • Phen-fen, herbal
  • Rhubarb
  • Star anise
  • Tiratricol (TRIAC)
  • Uva Ursi
  • Wormwood
       Now, if you're here looking to INCREASE your milk supply in a delicious and beneficial way, try THIS. I'll be sharing more on all those goodies soon.

    Happy Holidays to you and your's.
    Maryam

    Wednesday, December 19, 2012

    {Sakura Bloom Sling Dairies}: Discovery

         We recently met my parents for a mini family vacation from the island we live on, Oahu, over to the garden isle that is Kaua'i. On one of our days, we got to discover a 46 acre organic farm, perched up in the hills of Kilauea. The entire land has been dedicated to promote sustainability and community self-reliance. It had a delicious farm-to-table cafe, fresh Market, sanctuary gardens and many other green endeavors. {The boys got to see this mother ewe actually nurse her baby lamb}.
         After we enjoyed our delectable breakfast, we went exploring the grounds and gardens. I got Ocean in his sling, and like he often does, soon drifted off to sleep. And as soon as his head sunk heavily into my chest, I took my deep breath, that mother's breath... you know the few seconds you have when the baby gets in their deep sleep and your mind is just your own. Do you know that breath I am talking about? These breaths are very momentary for me because as my Ocean drifts off, I have my other two boys on my mind. However, any time I have to just focus on one or two of them at a time is really blissful for me. 
         I think that with each baby you have, your ability to multitask and appreciate these little humans grows exponentially. There are things I can easily pull-off now with three that I would not even imagine trying to do as a mom of one child. These are the lessons that children teach us because there is always opportunity for new growth. And now with my third baby, I am discovering how much I need to relish in each and every moment and feeling and sound and sentence and smile and tantrum and tear I possibly can get with these boys. 
    This post is part of the Sakura Bloom Sling Diaries. {I am wearing the Pixie Baby Sling in Key Lime.}

    previous entries :

    Friday, December 7, 2012

    {Breastfeeding in Style}: Men's Flannel Shirts

         Since I know I am not the only one who covets my husband's comfy shirts, I thought I could highlight how perfect a men's button-up flannel can be for the hip breastfeeding mom. The buttons make for your easy-open breastfeeding access and it's a cinch to look effortlessly chic by simply pairing this oversized men's shirt with a nursing bra and some feminine details. I love to wear this look to playdates, grocery runs and even nighttime family dates. Just throw on a chunky girly necklace, some skinny jeans, flats and your set to go.

    Breastfeeding in Style: Men's Flannel Shirts

    Breastfeeding in Style: Men's Flannel Shirts by milkfriendly featuring belabumbum
         So you can buy it for your guy (and you) this holiday, or just buy your own a few sizes too big. The laid-back comfy look comes from wearing it oversized, so the bigger the better. You can find a boat load of men's flannels online and in-stores at Target. Or, my husband's favorite online surf shop, Swell has 20% off on their SALE items right now, so that's another great place to look for your brand name surf/skate flannels.
    Breastfeeding in Style: Men's Flannel Button-down Shirts

    Click the image above to find the shopping links to these shirts
    So do you steal shirts from your guy's closet too?
    My best,
    Maryam
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