Patient: Hi there I want to know if I can drink a herbal tea while breast feeding, the ingredients include persimmon leaves, holy thistle, malva leaves, marsh mallow, blessed thistle, papaya, ginger, chamomile and myrrh?
Doctor: Hi welcome to Ask The Doctor,Some herbal teas are safe to drink while breastfeeding and can even help with several b reastfeeding problems such as low milk supply and thrush. Herbal teas are actually quite strong and can sometimes be used as medicine. This is why it is very important to first contact your doctor before drinking any herbal tea if you are breastfeeding. Make sure that it is caffeine free if you are drinking more than three cups daily. Make sure that the specific herb is safe to take while breastfeeding. Make sure that the specific herb in the tea does not decrease breast milk supply. If you are allergic to plants or pollen it’s best to stay away from related herbal plants. Always buy teas with proper labelling of ingredients. Avoid pharmacologically active herbal teas.Always check with your paediatrician before drinking any herbal teas while breastfeeding. Borage tea, Comfrey tea should be not taken. Any teas containing any of the following herbs should be not taken. Bladderwrack, Buckthorn, Chaparral, Coltsfoot (Farfarae folium), Dong Quai (Angelica Root), Elecampane, Ephedra / Ephedra sinica / Ma Huang, Ginseng (Panax ginseng), Evodia, Black Cohosh, Valerian, Indian Snakeroot, Kava-kava (piper methysticum), Petasites root, Phen-fen, Rhubarb root, Star anise, Tiratricol (TRIAC), Uva Ursi, Wormwood, Sophora root, Ginkgo, Coptis, Aloe, Senna, Borrage, Licorice, Basil and Rue. Herbal Teas that may Reduce Milk Supply are Sage, Menthol, spearmint or peppermint teas. Teas containing any of the following herbs: Black Walnut, Chickweed, Cocoa, Herb Robert (Geranium robertianum), Lemon Balm, Oregano, Parsley (Petroselinum crispum), Periwinkle Herb (Vinca minor), Sorrel (Rumex acetosa), Thyme and Yarrow. Ginger tea, Linden flower tea, Orange peel & Citrus peel teas, Rose hip tea(contains extra vitamin C), Orange cinnamon tea, Lemon tea and Raspberry teas are safe to drink.Hope this helps.