Breastfeeding Essential Oil Usage

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Breastfeeding is oft spoken of as one of the best gifts a mother can give to her new child.  Many studies confirm numerous health and emotional benefits for both child and mother.  Today’s society has suggested that man produced formulations can replace this natural form of nutrition but the evidence is staggering that this is not true.  Mother’s milk not only has the nutrients a baby needs but also elements that will protect and fight a number of diseases.  For the baby these benefits extend well beyond the time of breastfeeding laying a foundation for a lifetime of good health.

Benefits to baby and mother attributed to breastfeeding


·  Stronger bonding with the mother for emotional stability

·  Proper nutrients that change appropriately with the baby’s age

·  Antibodies and other protective agents to reduce the risk of a host of diseases including infections, pneumonia, bronchitis, meningitis, kidney infections, allergies, eczema, childhood diabetes, and asthma

Fewer gastro intestinal problems including diarrhea, constipation, colic, gastroenteritis, and necrotizing entercolitis

·  SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome) is lower risk among breast fed infants

·  Many other benefits reported including many that extend to adulthood


·  Emotional bonding with baby has a positive effect on the mother’s emotional state

·  Helps return the body to the state before pregnancy including controlled weight loss while helping to naturally space pregnancies

·  A number of health risks for the mother are reported to be reduced including anemia, osteoporosis, and various forms of cancer including breast, cervical, endometrial and ovarian

Breastfeeding can have challenges and there are many positive, holistic suggestions on how to deal with various issues.  On the tabs above are a number of ways essential oils and other natural products can help with increasing and decreasing milk supply and some cautions to consider while breastfeeding plus other folks' experiences on using essential oils while breastfeeding.

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Breastfeeding Essential Oil Usage

Oils & Blends:

Increasing milk supply.  Clary Sage, Geranium

Decreasing milk supply. Peppermint

Sore nipples. Lavender, Helichrysum, Roman Chamomile

Note: Some report decreased milk supply with Peppermint others do not.  To err on the side of caution Peppermint and blends using Peppermint (DigestZen, Slim & Sassy) should be limited if milk production is at risk.

Thrush. see an interesting testimonial (use the Experiences & Testimonials tab above) using Oregano and extra virgin olive oil.

Essential oils based products: Life Long Vitality supplements are highly recommended.

Also consider: For other conditions during lactation the following oils are suggested as safe to use.  Bergamot, Citrus Bliss, Clary Sage, Grapefruit, Geranium, Lavender, Lemon, Melaleuca, Patchouli, Roman Chamomile, Sandalwood, Serenity, Wild Orange, Ylang Ylang. 

It is reported that Dr. David Hill notes that all doTerra essential oils and blends are safe to use during pregnancy and lactation with the consideration that Peppermint may decrease milk supply.

Suggested protocols:

Increasing milk supply.  Add 15 drops of Geranium or 10 drops of Clary Sage to 2 tablespoons of carrier oil.  Topically apply to breasts and surrounding areas once a day.  Drink lots of water, relax, and be patient.

Decreasing milk supply.  Add 3 - 5 drops of Peppermint to a cup of warm water with honey to make a Peppermint tea and drink.  Or apply 3-5 drops topically with a carrier oil.

Sore nipples.  Use a snug nursing bra with nursing cups as breast milk is very healing for sore nipples and the cups will catch any and sooth.  Others recommend Lavender, Helichrysum or Roman Chamomile massaged on with a carrier oil.

Note: Some report decreased milk supply with Peppermint others do not.  To err on the side of caution Peppermint and blends using Peppermint (DigestZen, Slim & Sassy) should be limited if milk production is at risk.

More Information:

Under the Diet & Nutrition tab above two helpful articles by the following:

Lactogenic Foods and Herbs

·  By Hilary Jacobson CH.HU.SI.

·  Based on her book Mother Food for Breastfeeding Mothers

Natural Remedies for Problems in Breastfeeding

·  by Susun S. Weed

·  see: Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Year, by Ash Tree Publishing.

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