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Four Tips to Easily Increase Your Breast Milk Production

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One of the more challenging elements of being a new mother (along with the lack of sleep!) can be ensuring that your baby is feeding enough and that you have enough breast milk flowing. Colostrum is the first milk in a mother’s breasts after birth and is rich in protein and antibodies that build your baby’s immune system. This is what makes breast milk an incredibly protective and nutrient boosting food for your bubba.

The wonderful power of botanicals really shines through when boosting breast milk production. Herbs can work very quickly to boost breast milk production as can a few simple changes which I describe below.

Botanical Boosters
Fenugreek, Goats Rue and Blessed Thistle are three of my favourite herbs for increasing breast milk. They work by directly impacting the mammary glands. In fact, direct effect on the mammary glands in the breasts themselves. It is a good choice for women who experience problems with their production from the beginning, or those who have had previous breast surgeries.  It has been shown to increase milk production by up to 50% in many cases, and may also even stimulate the development of the mammary glands. Other herbs that also work include Fennel, Nettle and Red Raspberry Leaf. You may be able to find a naturopath to blend these herbs into a liquid herbal tincture for you (or contact me and I can arrange this) or find a tea that contains these herbs. Taking the tincture daily or having a few cups of the tea really does make a huge difference anecdotally with women in my practice. Sometimes we find this is often all it takes to get milk flowing naturally.
Water
Keeping hydrated is one of the best ways to improve your breast milk production. Given breast feeding depletes your body fluids, having a glass of water or a cup of tea ensures that you are keeping adequately hydrated.
Food
There are a few foods I highly recommend you get started on or increase when breastfeeding. These include:

Oats: Whilst eating a bowl of porridge to increase breast milk is considered an old wives’ tale, many women do report their breast milk supply increases when they incorporate oats into their diet. A possible explanation for the mechanism of action may be that oats are rich in nutrients and minerals including calcium and iron required for healthy breast milk. They may also act as nervines, relaxing the body and hence encouraging great breast milk flow. Have a cup of oats for breakfast or add to your favourite smoothie.

Healthy Fats. Omega 3 Fatty Acids are not only important for you but also for your baby given they are vital for their brain and eye development. Your diet can be influence the quality of fats in your breast milk so making a few changes to the types of fats you are eating is something I highly recommend. A study published in the “European Journal of Clinical Nutrition” demonstrated that the breast milk of Spanish mothers was lower in saturated fat and higher in monounsaturated and omega-3 fatty acids, which reflects the traditional Mediterranean diet of Spain. Aim to incorporate plenty of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids into your diet. These can be found in walnuts, almonds, avocado, chia seeds and fish as opposed to saturated fats found in processed foods and grain fed meat. Aim for a handful of nuts daily (walnuts and almonds are best), 1 tablespoon of chia seeds and 3 serves of wild-caught fish weekly (avoid fish high in heavy metals such as tuna, mackerel, ling and swordfish and avoid farmed fish).

Sesame Seeds: Sesame seeds are a wonderful way to boost your calcium levels which is important for healthy milk supply. 

A Few Practical Tips.
  • Feeding more often. Feeding more often ensures that the tiny nerves in the nipple are being stimulated by your baby.  This causes the release of hormones into your bloodstream. One of the hormones (prolactin) activates the milk-making tissues. The other hormone (oxytocin) causes the breast to push out or let down the milk.
  • Massage. Massaging your breasts may encourage milk supply. Stroke it towards the nipple on all sides as your baby feeds. Take care not to disturb the nipple in your baby's mouth.
  • Take care of mum. Ensure you are looking after yourself by continuing to eat a balanced diet, sleeping when you get the opportunity to do so and seeking support from friends and family.
Lactation Smoothie Recipe

This is an easy smoothie recipe incorporating the breast milk boosting foods I have recommended above. Aim to have this once daily if possible and vary with any fruits or your favourite superfood powders. The addition of maca to this smoothie assists in boosting your energy levels during the day.

  • 250 to 300 mls of almond milk
  • ¾ cup of oats
  • ½ avocado
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds or flaxseed meal
  • 1 tablespoon of maca powder
  • 1 tablespoon of tahini paste (unhulled)
  • 2 to 3 drops of vanilla extract or 1 vanilla bean scraped
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon powder
  • Optional: ½ cup of frozen berries, 1 cup of baby spinach or kale, 1 frozen banana

Blend all of the ingredients together. Add a few ice cubes for a frozen shake.

If you would like to discuss starting a breast feeding herbal formula please contact anna@ediblebeautyaustralia.com. For more detailed assistance with respect to lactation concerns, I highly recommend you contact Lynn-McKensey Hall, a private IBCLC (International Board of Certified Lactation Consultant) and midwife who has fantastic results with women experiencing difficulties with breastfeeding lynne@betterbeginnings.com.au

 

 

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Must Have Skincare for An Instant Quick Fix

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Whether it's stress, lack of sleep or hormonal fluctuations, our skin is a good reflection of our overall health. Have you ever noticed your complexion looking lacklustre right before a big event? When you need that emergency quick fix, it’s all about reaching for hard working products that are gentle on the skin. To see changes overnight, there are a few key products within the Edible Beauty range. Filled with botanical and wildcrafted ingredients, your skin will be left looking and feeling refreshed.


 

 

& Sleeping Beauty Purifying Mousse

Healthy skin all comes down to balance. If your skin is feeling congested, look for purifying ingredients to balance oil production without stripping the skin. Fluffy, intensely moisturising and gently cleansing, the & Sleeping Beauty Purifying Mousse works to rejuvenate skin overnight. The key ingredient in this luxurious product is Australian Pink Clay which removes impurities and prevents breakouts while soothing redness. Thanks to the addition of antioxidant rich Acai and moisturising Snowflower Seed Oil, you’ll wake up to a more radiant and deeply hydrated complexion.

 

& Snowflower Illuminating Face Oil

If your skin is looking dull, dry or dehydrated, it’s time to incorporate a facial oil into your everyday routine. The & Snowflower Illuminating Face Oil is formulated with a myriad of natural oils to infuse your skin with antioxidants and reduce inflammation. Known for its ability to reduce pigmentation and enhance luminosity, Snowflower Seed Oil is a natural anti-inflammatory which works to calm and hydrate irritated skin. For an added glow, mix a few drops into your foundation for an instantly dewy complexion. Filled with antioxidants and natural waxes, you can even apply to the ends of your hair to prevent dryness.

 

& Dessert Lime Flawless Micro-Exfoliant

How often do you exfoliate? This ever important step promotes cell turnover and helps to remove impurities. Free from plastic microbeads, the & Dessert Lime Flawless Micro-Exfoliant uses natural rice grains to polish the skin and boost radiance. While Desert lime supports collagen and increases hydration, the addition of Strawberry and Lime extracts works to brighten the skin. With a fresh Lime and Coconut scent, this gentle exfoliant leaves a youthful glow by resurfacing the complexion.

 

Express: Bloom of Youth Infusion Mask

After a long day or before a big event, nothing compares to a nourishing sheet mask. Rich in anti-ageing ingredients including Bamboo Extract, Ribose and Swertia Chirata, the Express: Bloom of Youth Infusion Mask takes beauty to a new level. One of the most impressive active ingredients in this sheet mask is Ribose. Known for its energy boosting properties, Ribose works at a cellular level to promote anti-ageing. While Bamboo Extract enhances firmness, the skin is also infused with hydrating Hyaluronic Acid. With the ability to hold up to 1000 times its weight in water, this powerhouse ingredient plumps and smooths the skin. After 15-20 minutes of relaxation, you’ll notice features are more firmed and refined. While the weather is warmer, store your sheet masks in the fridge for an ultra refreshing feel.

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Five Tips To Maintain Your Summer Glow – Inside & Out

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With fall in full swing, now is the time to ensure you are religiously maintaining your skin care and beauty regime ahead of the colder months to come. We have you covered on skin care and beauty essentials with our Top 5 beauty tips to help you keep that summer glow.

  1. Shed Your Layers: A good facial exfoliant can help remove dead skin cells from your face and body. This is critical as the weather gets cooler as this is the time when dry skin cells tend to proliferate. There is no need to scrub too hard – a gentle exfoliant will do the trick. If you are after a natural product that works immediately to brighten and soften the skin, our & Desert Lime Flawless Micro-Exfoliant is the product for you. This is a product that I will demonstrate to alleviate any concerns  about how "quick" natural products work as the results are visible after on application. This exfoliant is a softening and skin smoothing polish which uses coconut oil as a base. Its multi-active exfoliators including Wattle Seed and Rice Strawberry fruit extracts which boost skin radiance and enhance skin renewal.
  2. Lather Up: Oil based moisturisers are wonderful at protecting your skin from moisture loss. Whilst serums providing active ingredients to plump and firm the skin, a lotion is needed to seal in moisture and provide a barrier to protect the skin. Our No. 4 Vanilla Silk Hydrating Lotion is abundant in fatty acids along with Vitamins A and E from Coconut oil, Camellia Seed Oil and Cacao Butter. Our & Coco Bliss Intensive Repair Creme is a thicker cream, which is ultra-hydrating and absorbent but suited to more dehydrated skin or use as a night cream, providing ultimate repair and restoration.
  3. Glamorous Hands: Do not forget to give your hands some love. One of our favourite tricks for ensuring our hands are kept looking youthful is to lather them with coconut oil or olive oil or better still our & Velvet Coffee Body Butter. It is as easy as lathering the cream or oil onto your hands, popping on a pair of cotton gloves and waking up with ultra-hydrated and youthful hands.
  4. Gobble Up Your Glow: Our most effective internal glow generators in the cooler months include flaxseed oil, avocadoes, hemp seeds, chia seeds and coconut oil. These foods are abundant in fatty acids which work to nourish and hydrate the skin from the inside out.
  5. Drink In Your Glow: We need to be mindful of ensuring we have adequate fluid intake as the weather starts get cooler. However you can literally drink in a healthy glow. Carry a water bottle with you wherever you go, at the office have decanter filled with mint, ginger and lemon leaves and at home revel in herbal teas. Licorice, cleavers, calendula, burdock root are all wonderful for healing the skin and balancing hormones for a beautiful glow. They feature in No. 4 Golden Glow Beauty Tea. Our No. 5 White Chai Digestif Tea is also the perfect companion for cosy nights in.
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Our Six Favourite Beauty Tea Fixes

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One of the things that always amazes me about botanicals is how versatile they are in their therapeutic use. This also applies to herbal tea which can be used to brighten eyes, rejuvenate hair, relax as well as of course tantalising your taste buds.

 

Below our six favourite beauty “inside & out” applications of tea which you may not be aware of:

  1. Luscious Locks: EGG found in green tea has in studies been shown to stimulate hair production by promoting the health and boosting the activity of dermal papillae. Green tea is also rich in antioxidants which strengthens and protects the hair from UV damage. Rinse your hair with the cold brew after shampooing or leave the tea on without rinsing to further condition and nourish your hair. Choose Black tea as a rinse to thicken and strengthen hair or if you have dark hair and would like to restore its lustre. Choose Rooibos tea if you have red or light brown hair, either rinse you hair with the tea or use it as a leave in conditioner to promote a red tone. Chamomile tea is our favourite rinse for promoting shine and natural highlights. Our No. 10 Balancing Butterfly Blue tea is a beautiful tea taken internally to boost circulation to the hair helping to nourish and restore it.
  2. Bright Eyes: Both Chamomile and Black tea work wonders for relieving red irritate eyes. Brew the tea, cool, strain well and infuse a cotton cloth into the herbal tisane. Soak well, remove and apply onto the eye area as a compress for ten to twenty minutes. The tannins in the tea work to reduce itching and inflammation whilst the antimicrobial properties of chamomile assist in combating microbes that may be present in the eyes.
  3. Puff Away: Cucumbers are traditionally the go-to home remedy for puffy eyes. However Peppermint, Chamomile and Black tea bags work wonderfully to reduce puffy and swollen eyes. Soak the bags for about ten minutes in boiling water, remove, place in the fridge until cool and then place on closed eyelids for 20 minutes. The tannins in the tea work to reduce inflammation, depuff and revive tired eyes. If you wish to always have a natural remedy at your finger tips, brew green or black tea and place in ice cube trays. Place the ice cubes in a thin cloth and on the eyes for an immediate cure to swollen eyes.
  4. Acne Away: Acne is often associated with an imbalance in hormone production for which liver cleansing teas such as Dandelion Root & St Mary’s Thistle and androgen calming teas such as Licorice and Peony root work effectively to combat the internal turmoil often creating acne. We have the blends ready to go in our No. 1 Green Goddess Detox and No. 4 Golden Glow Tea.
  5. Sinus Clear: Ginger, Chilli and Yarrow are my favourite herbs for stimulating the sinuses, boosting circulation and combating the common cold. You cannot go past the combination of teas found in No. 9 Tulsi Immune Fire for powerful sinus and fever fighting action.
  6. Circulation Boost: Poor circulation, cold hands and feet and a slow metabolism need not be something you need to put up with. Seep some grated ginger in hot water or reach for some ginkgo tea or better still our No. 9 Tulsi Immune Fire to get that blood rushing.
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Butterfly Pea Beauty Smoothie

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This beauty smoothie really does take your beauty food to the next level. The superstar ingredient of this smoothie is the latest tea in the Edible Beauty range. No. 10 Balancing Butterfly Blue Tea. This tea blend is teeming with antioxidants and skinfood nutrients. High levels of quercetin and anthocyanins provide Butterfly Pea flowers with their spectacular blue hue, a feature of this tea blend.

The addition of avocado, providing fatty acids to nourish the hydrate the skin and a trio of antioxidants, including kiwis, blueberries and acai powder make this recipe a stand-out brightening, skin glowing and skin boosting recipe. 

Ingredients

  • 1 cup No. 10 Balancing Butterfly Blue Tea - brewed and chilled
  • 1 kiwi
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 tablespoon orange rind
  • 1 teaspoon acai powder or macqui berry powder

Method

  • Blend all ingredients in blender or vitamix.
  • Serve immediately. Reserve any extra smoothie in a glass jar in the refrigerator. it will last for approximately two days.
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