I never had a problem with my milk supply, thank goodness!! Actually, quite the opposite - I had an oversupply with a heavy letdown the first few months of nursing that left my little guy practically drowning in every feed. Suffice it to say I didn't have the need to research home remedies for increasing your supply, but of course I heard plenty of ideas come up in my mommy group. A big one was Fenugreek supplements. Other popular ones were oatmeal and beer! Recipes were passed around for how to make lactaction cookies, which sounded amazing! But what about those moms who don't have the time or energy to bake cookies, or don't want to pop pills or down a Guiness? For those moms, there is Mrs. Patel's!!
Mrs. Patel's offers "Indian Ayurvedic treats & teas for lactation and postpartum healing". These recipes have been passed down through generations of Indian nursing moms, and will be delivered to your door with a click of the button! They have three main kinds: Fenugreek Bars (peanut butter, chocolate, original, and gluten-free/vegan), Milk Water Tea (Chai Spice or Herbal Blend), and Munch Crunch.
I had the chance to give all three of these products a whirl and am happy to offer you my honest opinion:
The Fenugreek Bars:
These were really tasty, not "so-unbelievably-delicious-I-stuffed-the-whole-box-down-my-throat-in-one-sitting", but pretty darn good. There was a kick to them, almost like a hint of curry, which I like, but some people might not. I was advised to pop them in the freezer for 30 minutes after receiving them, and then keep them in the fridge, eating one every morning, which I did. Kinda fun having this little treat after my breakfast!
The Milk Water Tea:
Now, the last tea I had was over a year ago – Red Leaf Raspberry tea, in hopes of prepping and strengthening my uterus for birth. Maybe it worked, because my uterus endured a grueling 50 hours of labor! Haha! So, long story short, I’m not really a tea girl. I was advised that this loose tea was so heavy, you can get away without using a strainer, but I definitely did not find that to be the case. Luckily my husband is Japanese and a tea junkie, so I had a strainer on hand, not that I had ever used it before LOL!! I tried the tea straight first, which was tolerable but not enjoyable. I have a major sweet tooth and don’t even like green tea straight, so you can imagine with ingredients like dill seeds, rooibos, alfalfa, cinnamon, cloves, and cardamom I wouldn’t be a big fan of it straight. With some milk and sugar it was quite tasty and incredibly different from anything I’ve ever had before. Definitely not your Starbucks Chai Latte! It said to use four tablespoons for one cup, and you can re-brew 3 times. So I made 3 cups with it throughout the day – very cost effective!
The Munch Crunch:
This is the only one I just really wasn't a fan for. Directions tell you to eat a tablespoon of this mix by itself. It looks like bird seed, but I kept an open mind and munched away. Unfortunately there are a few ingredients in the mix that are just not to my liking, especially fennel. It did have a tangy citrusy kinda flavor in there, which helped, but I think a much better way to get this into your diet would be tossing it into a salad where the crunch would be a nice addition and the flavor might be disguised by your salad dressing. But that's just my opinion, and I'm a pretty picky eater LOL. I'm sure some women probably love the Munch Crunch's taste straight.
The results? Well, I've been breastfeeding for over a year now and I don't pump, so it's really hard to have an objective before and after to give to you. Did I notice a HUGE increase in my supply, engorgement around the clock kinda thing? No, and honestly I don't think there is ANYTHING that will give you that amount of supply increase! But if you're looking for an increase of a few ounces a day, Mrs. Patel's is definitely worth a shot!! Some women have reported pretty great success with it!
You can order some treats from Mrs. Patel's today, or you can enter to win a $34 gift certificate as well as 14 other awesome products for new moms in our $600 value jackpot, ending February 19th!! ENTER TO WIN HERE!!
**Disclaimer: Although I did receive this product free of charge, I was not compensated in any other way to do this product review. All thoughts and opinions are my own and completely unbiased.
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