Our good friend Rachael Meisels was kind enough to share her expertise about essential oils and breastfeeding:
As a mom, I’ve been using essential oils for myself and my kids for years. During my breastfeeding years I needed ALL the support I could get, and I found oils to be incredibly natural, safe support.
FENNEL Oil has been shown to be very effective in increasing milk supply in mothers. Rub a drop or two of oil on breasts or bottoms of feet 1-2 times a day to start. And guess what, it’s great for digestive upset and colic too!. Baby can simply smell the oil you rub on your chest, or for extra help you can rub some diluted oil* on little feet or tummies.
*(To use essential oils on baby’s skin, you must dilute it. Suggested dilution for newborns and babies is 1% or less, which is about 3 drops of essential oil to 2 teaspoons of fractionated coconut oil or other gentle vegetable oil. Make sure to test and watch for reactions, and only try one oil at a time.)
LAVENDER oil can help tremendously with stress and sleep. For calming yourself and baby, rub a drop on your own chest, and you’ll both get the benefits from the aroma. You can also place a few drops in a cool-mist diffuser next to your nursing chair, and even drip or spray onto crib sheets!! LAVENDER is extremely gentle and versatile, with dozens of uses beyond relaxation, including skin rashes and burns. Again, dilute very well with coconut oil and rub into that poor little red, baby booty.
One last thing… It’s VERY important that you use only high quality, therapeutic grade oils. Please, don’t go cheap-o Walmart on me here! The health benefits are totally dependent on proper chemical compounds, and you don’t want to risk you or your baby inhaling or absorbing poor quality oils. My personal choice has always been DoTerra because their quality is top in the industry.
To order these essentials oils you can visit: www.MyDoTerra.com/HealthPunk
P.S. I am not a doctor and this information is not meant to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or ailment. Please consult with your doctor or pediatrician before using any products. Love you!
For more information about Rachael please visit her website: www.HealthPunkCoaching.com/work-with-me