Any lactating mother sooner or later decides to stop breastfeeding. At the same time, you must remember about your health, because the completion of lactation is a stress for both the child and the woman. Choosing a way to reduce milk production, you can choose either medications or folk remedies, which are considered to be softer and safer. Among the latter, they often speak of sage.
The benefits of sage
Sage is in demand not only in folk, but also in official medicine. This is due to the huge amount of its useful properties.
A plant can:
- disinfect and stop the blood;
- have anti-inflammatory effect;
- treat a variety of diseases;
- beneficial effect on the brain;
- calm the central nervous system;
- relieve menopause;
- help lactating women to avoid stagnation of milk and mastitis.
Using sage to stop lactation
Due to its inhibitory effect, sage is suitable for the gentle termination of lactation. Taking it to nursing mothers is absolutely safe, it does not harm the child and does not affect the quality of milk. The plant not only reduces the flow of nutrient fluid, but also has a calming effect on the woman, her nervous system. Sage is most often used when the baby is already eating regular food on its own, and mother just needs to gradually wean it from her breast, gradually reducing the number of applications.
Breast milk in the body of a woman is formed due to the hormone prolactin. Sage contains substances that help suppress its production. This method has been tested by more than one generation, it is reliable and effective.
If you decide to complete lactation with the help of sage, then you must remember that this process does not happen immediately (hormones are used to immediately stop milk production, but only under the supervision of a specialist). It will be useful for a nursing mother to drink tea with sage for several days, so the body will slowly reduce the amount of milk produced, and this, in turn, will signal the baby that it is time to wean from her mother’s breast. Such a soft and loyal weaning method helps to avoid stress for both the baby and mother.
Sage is usually consumed in the form of tea, infusion or broth, but there are other ways. To complete lactation, compresses and plant essential oil are also used:
- If you stop feeding, you must prevent the milk from stagnating. For this purpose, at the same time as drinking tea, compresses should be used (apply gauze soaked in decoction or sage oil);
- If you decide to complete breastfeeding in a short time, then the best helpers in this will be sage oil. With this method, lactation will end in 4-5 days.
The use of sage with mint
Often, peppermint is used together with sage to stop lactation. It helps reduce milk production and has a calming effect on mom’s body.
When using mint, you need to choose its grade correctly. Peppermint (because of the high menthol content) is suitable for stopping lactation, while other species can, on the contrary, stimulate the release of even more milk.
If you decide to brew mint with sage, then boil water with 2 tablespoons of a mixture of herbs (1 tablespoon of mint and sage) and insist in a thermos. Drink the resulting infusion of 1/3 cup before eating.
Having made the decision to wean the baby from the breast, you do not need to try to do this in 2-3 days. Haste can cause stress in a child. It is advisable that the process of completing lactation take place gradually and as gently as possible.
Contraindications for which sage should not be consumed
When using sage, it is necessary to remember contraindications and safety measures. You can not use the plant with:
- individual intolerance;
- jade and kidney failure;
- high blood pressure;
- oncological diseases;
- thyroid problems;
- elevated levels of hormones such as progesterone and estrogen;
- uterine fibroids;
In no case do not exceed the recommended dose and do not use sage for more than ninety days, this can cause irritation of the mucous membranes.
You should be aware that when using peppermint, you can’t feed your baby with breast milk, as it can cause the baby to have heart rhythm problems. If you decide to use this plant, then you must completely abandon breastfeeding. We must not forget that mint contains substances that lower a woman’s blood pressure.