03 May REVIEW: Teahuggers Yummy Mummy Tea
I’m not really a herbal tea drinker.
I’m a coffee drinker. A ‘can you stand your spoon up in it, it’s that strong’ coffee drinker.
My interest was piqued though when I saw that Teahuggers were looking for reviewers for the Yummy Mummy tea.
Marketed as an aid for breastfeeding mums, the tea is caffeine free and contains honey, rooibos, chamomile & fenugreek.
Here comes the science bit.
Fenugreek is a galactagogue. A herb that is reputed to help with milk production. Some mothers use it and report no changes or increases in supply whereas others swear by it.
The subject of herbal galactagogue is somewhat a matter of opinion as the question has to be asked ‘does your supply need increasing?’ ‘Why would you think that?’
It is usually the case that any fussing at the breast of frequent feeding is nothing other than your baby behaving exactly how they should and manual stimulation and expressing should always be suggested before herbal/medical aids.
That’s that out the way.
So I was really keen to try this out, mainly out of curiosity.
My first thoughts were that the tea had a very strong herbal smell when brewed, upon tasting the honey was very prominent.
This made the tea lovely and sweet which counteracted the ‘plantyness’.
The taste isn’t unpleasant and I got used to drinking this in the evening over the course of the week.
I can honestly say that I did notice a difference. A slight increase in supply. I had to use breast pads in the evening after a few nights. Could it be coincidence?
I also noticed that the odour from the fenugreek started to escape my pores rather noticeably. It is used in Indian cooking and I was asked a couple of times if I had been eating garlic. Cringe.
The tea is certainly a nice caffeine free treat for any mum in the evening, nursing or not and it is an interesting alternative to my usual rocket fuel.
I would consider any subsequent increase in supply just an added little bonus.