A cup of special herbal tea could boost breast milk, Thai study shows

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Have you ever heard of a magic tea that can help new mothers produce more breast milk? Sounds unusual, right?

But, that’s exactly what researchers in Thailand have found.

They’ve discovered that a special type of herbal tea, known as “Wang Nam Yen”, can help new moms, particularly those who have had a cesarean birth, produce more milk for their newborn babies.

Why is this Important?

Breastfeeding is a natural process, but it’s not always easy for every mom. For the baby, breast milk is the perfect food. It’s packed full of everything a baby needs to grow and stay healthy.

It has the right mix of vitamins, protein, and fat, and it’s all in a form that’s easy for a baby to digest. More than just feeding, breastfeeding creates a special bond between mother and baby.

But, sometimes, moms can’t produce enough milk. This can happen for several reasons, like when the baby isn’t latching properly or doesn’t feed often enough.

Also, moms who’ve had cesarean births often face more challenges in producing milk. In such cases, doctors sometimes prescribe medicines to help increase milk production.

One common medicine is Domperidone. It’s mainly used to help people who feel sick, but it can also boost milk production in new moms.

However, it’s not allowed in some countries like the United States because it can cause some people to have abnormal heartbeats.

So, having a natural alternative to help boost milk production can be really helpful. And that’s where this special tea comes in!

What Makes this Tea Special?

The “Wang Nam Yen” tea isn’t just any ordinary tea. It’s a special blend of five different herbs. These aren’t just randomly picked herbs.

They were carefully chosen by a pharmacist named Pinit Chinsoi who spent a lot of time researching and collecting old herbal recipes.

The tea contains bael, sappanwood, ginger, licorice, and jewel vine. Each of these herbs has its own special properties. They can help to energize and revitalize new moms, and importantly, boost their milk production.

And the name “Wang Nam Yen”? It’s a tribute to Wang Nam Yen Hospital, where Mr. Pinit used to work. He first brewed this tea for new moms at the hospital, and it seemed to help them produce more milk.

Does the Tea Really Work?

The researchers didn’t just take Mr. Pinit’s word for it. They wanted to find out for sure if the tea could boost milk production. So, they conducted a study.

In the study, they had 120 new moms who’d had cesarean births. The moms were split into three groups.

The first group was given the herbal tea and a fake pill, the second group was given a fake tea and a real medicine pill, and the third group was given both fake tea and a fake pill.

The moms didn’t know which group they were in, and they didn’t know whether they were drinking the real tea or taking the real pill.

The researchers then measured how much milk the moms could pump out at 24 hours, 48 hours, and 72 hours after giving birth.

And guess what they found? The moms who drank the herbal tea produced more milk than the other groups just 24 hours after giving birth.

By the 48 and 72 hour marks, they were producing just as much milk as the group taking the medicine pill, and they were still doing better than the group with the fake tea and fake pill.

The Future of Thai Herbal Tea

The researchers were pretty excited about their findings. The herbal tea did just as well as the medicine in boosting milk production, and it’s a natural product with no known side effects.

Now, they’re looking into ways to turn the tea into a product that can be sold in stores. They’re also planning to export it, so that moms all around the world can benefit from it.

But, they’re not keeping the recipe a secret. They want everyone to know about it. After all, it’s something good, something that can help a lot of new moms.

And who knows, if you have these herbs at home, you might be able to brew your own special milk-boosting tea!

The findings of this study were published in a well-known journal called PLOS ONE. So, next time you hear about a “magic tea” that can boost breast milk, remember, it’s not just a myth, it’s backed by science!

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The study was published in PLOS ONE.

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