newborn breastfeeding and herbal tea

jbo

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We just had our first child about a month ago, so I haven't been on the board that much as he's a little bit time consuming and I have less free time.

The question I have is my wife has been drinking one cup of rooibos tea every night lately and was wondering if there's anything wrong with rooibos tea and breastfeeding? I've been searching for hours and can't find anything negative and I know that in south Africa they give rooibos tea directly to infants who are collic.

My no means am I talking about giving rooibos directly to my child, but when my wife has her one cup at night and she breastfeeds him we noticed everybody gets the best sleep ever and he appears so much calmer. I guess I figured if in south Africa they give it directly to an infant and my wife is just drinking one cup at night that it can't be harmful?
 

tick

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Sep 24, 2012
I did a search as well to try and help you out.. Found basically the same thing. The only thing it came back with was "unknown if safe in quantity".

Although most sites I saw said to limit it to a maximum of 2 cups daily. I did see other herbal teas and breastfeeding and it said pretty much the same thing, in small quantities it did no harm..

Heck even saw she can have a beer! :D (not a 24 pack of course, just one!)

I often wonder if I worry too much myself.. Our baby is only 9 days old today, but I imagine that after a month I'll still be worrying and won't stop until she's off and has her own kids lol.. Or maybe even then...
 

jbo

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Thanks Tick I really appreciate you looking to help me out.

She was drinking one to two cups a day, but now it's about 1 cup at night every other day, because we're actually low in rooibos. I'm not sure if you've read the book the happiest baby on the block, which out of almost two dozen books I read I'd have to say that one is one of my favorite, but I'd highly recommend watching the DVD as well. Well the baby fussiness typically lowers after 6 weeks, then normally at 3-4 months it starts to go away. He's about 6 weeks and we're noticing he's less fussy now and therefore I think she really doesn't have to have the rooibos as much.

She actually just started drinking funugreek tea to help with milk production and she's eating a lot of things like brown rice and oatmeal to increase production.

On another note we always sleep with white noise, even before the child. Well the white noise machine is right next to my bed and we relocated it near my child's crib as right now the crib is in our same room. Placing the white noise closer to him last two nights he slept an extra hour.
 

Arrowwind09

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personally I wouldn't put white noise near my baby.
Babies are suppose to feel the contact of their parents and
listen to their breathing not an electronic device with frequenies
of unknown effect.
Never in nature.
 

tick

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Yes.. But I'm also afraid if the baby sleeps in the same bed (never cries then)... I might roll over on top of her... Poor thing!

That is my biggest fear there.. it's not like when I was learning to sleep with my wife, and we exchanged blows now and then... The baby could be seriously hurt if I "forgot" in my sleep and rolled over to hug my wife on top of her :(
 

jbo

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Arrowwind 09
I'm don't mean to sound disrespectful but I'm not sure you know what you are talking about. You realize adults listen white noise to help them sleep and I'm one of those adults. Sorry but a parent who holds there baby at night instead of putting it to sleep is not doing the baby justice. The mother needs sleep and I'm not sure you have education but many doctors call it the fourth trimester. By no means does the electrical sound represent breathing, it's supposed to sound similar to the sounds they heard while in the stomach that are relaxing.

I'm not trying to be rude but sushing Is universal. It's in every language and for centuries.... people have made sush sounds to calm their babies regardless of language or culture.

There is a famous lady who can hear and understand babies language. She is from Australia and she was born with a gift of hearing things when people speak and she can tell when a baby is gassy, hungry, uncomfortable...etc. which she's been on opera and a dozen other channels. If you go to YouTube just look up five languages of babies and you will see a few videos.

You can tell what's wrong with a baby in one of five cries, but you need experience. The issue is after 12 weeks the language changes. So does colic as a baby starts at one week peeks at 6 and by 12 weeks studies show colic goes away......hence the 4th trimester

You may disagree with the five s's
Sucking, swaddling, swinging, side/stomach and sushing but there actually is a lot of studies behind it. You might feel it's better for a mother to sleep only 2 hours at night instead of swaddling and sushing, but I'm going to strongly disagree. I'm sure you disagree about pacifiers as that is not natural, but many studies and the aap state it prevents sids. What's more important a baby sleeping on their back to prevent sids or sleep natural on their stomach? White noise or a mother who rocks and holds a baby all night to sleep.
 

tick

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Hmm... I have wondered about that.. The wife is sleeping with the baby by her side... And I have been told by many people that this isn't helping things... But I don't have the heart to tell her to put the baby back in its bed... They look so peaceful together...

Gotta admit, it's a unique feeling watching your wife sleep together with your baby as well..

Apparently though, this is going to be tough for the baby later on as they are getting used to sleeping with their mother though..

I also sleep with a fan, even on cool nights.. No whitenoise machines here... So gotta use the fan...
 


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