ayurveda lactation tea

So far, this winter is proving to be very different from winters past.  Most years I do my best to snow shoe, ski, trek through the trails with my hound, and in general keep my cheeks red and boots snowy.  But, this year I have a little baby at home.  Which means aside from a few 30 degree, non-snowy days, we are largely indoors.  I'll be honest, it's kind of weird for me.  And some days it's taking all of my will power to get out of my sleepy pajamas, stop eating chocolate cake, and try to function as a normal human being again...this time as a mom.  I hope it doesn't sound like I'm totally depressed, because I'm definitely not, but my life is different now, and I am still adjusting.  But, winter recreation aside, some things are pretty awesome around here.  One, I have an adorable little boy smiling, cooing, crying, and cuddling me 24/7.  And two, sometimes when he naps I have time to do some fun things around the house.  Today I made my usual cup of lactation tea (sexy, I know) and snapped a few photos with my new camera.  If you happen to be lactating now, or in the future, keep this one on file.  It's super easy.      

The tea consists of two ingredients - fennel and fenugreek seeds.  Fennel seeds are sold at most grocery stores, but I had to hunt down the fenugreek seeds at a local health food store.  Fennel is mainly a digestive aid and fenugreek helps to boost milk supply.  The tea has a very mild flavor so if your palette wants something stronger you might punch it up a bit with some sliced ginger or lemon. 

Lactation Tea (recipe c/o my Ayurveda practitioner, Patricia Wickman

1 part fenugreek seeds
2 part fennel seeds

Mix seeds in a small jar with a lid.  Shake the jar to distribute evenly.  In a tea ball or filter place 1/2 teaspoon of the seed mixture and steep in a mug for 5-10 minutes.

I like to make a bigger batch in a thermos and drink it throughout the day.  As far as I know, I haven't had any problems with my milk supply, but I figure it doesn't hurt to drink this tea instead of my usual mint or chamomile.  Plus, I kind of feel like a mystical medicine woman making my own tea blend to boost my milk and help my baby.  His chubby cheeks are a pretty good indication that I'm doing something right!  Speaking of milk, it's time for him to eat again.  Please excuse me while I get comfy with my boppy pillow, book, and mystical medicine woman tea.  It's time to do my mommy job!


  1. if only I drank tea! lovely pictures! :)

  2. Hi,

    Thanks for the recipe. Currently, I only drink fenugreek tea twice a day. Today, I bought those fennel seeds as well. You said you like to make a bigger batch...may I know how many cups would that be a day?

    I actually have enough milk, but like you, no harm in drinking it either.

    Take care.

    1. I usually steep 1 tsp. of the tea mix in my 20 oz. thermos and drink it throughout the day!


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