Okay. Something for Mom. Charles is napping, going on 2 1/2 hours now. I have lavender burning on his diffuser.
Aromatherapy is a lovely alternative therapy and I miss practicing it the way I was taught by the wonderful Patricia Miller who is the fairy godmother of aromatherapy. She was the first to practice aromatherapy and open up shop in Forest Hill, many moons ago. She's a Yorkshire woman. Tough indeed and I miss her shop.
Aromatherapy and breastfeeding go so beautifully together if you want to increase your milk supply or decrease your milk supply.
If you'd like to promote milk flow fennel and caraway are used, however to diminish milk production sage and peppermint is used. Some argue that these herbs have to be taken internally in order to work and some don't argue the effects of aromatherapy. Inhalation of the oils and massage do wonders for the body as well a tisane of the herbs mentioned above.
I have used aromatherapy from the first moment I found out I was pregnant by inhaling the sweet citrus essence of bergamot. Bergamot will settle your nausea and migraine which can come along with pregnancy. I also had the aroma of lavender in my labour and delivery room to balance my equilibrium and a delicate sachet of lavender flowers next to Charles bassinet. I'm sure the nurses thought I was I kook. But so be it.
Here's a massage you can do once or twice a day.
Begin stroking very gently with your thumb or fingertips from the periphery down to the edge of the areola. Just make sure your nipple is clean after massage. Increase your fluids , drink herbal tisanes as well to promote your flow of milk, and eat! When breastfeeding watching calories do not mesh.
Lunar Eclipse makes a wonderful tea for mom and baby, the herbs used in this tea blend promote lactation whilst the herbs also reduce colic in baby.