I am a nursing mother and I am very concerned about taking any medications for illness. I have used Echinacea very successfully to fight a sinus infection and a bad cold. The Echinacea had no ill effects on my baby or my milk supply. I feel that the herbs helped my body fight the infections better than an antibiotic prescription would have. The antibiotics attack both the good and bad organisms in my body creating the opportunity for thrush or yeast infection in either me or my baby, whereas the herbs help my body rid itself of only the bad organisms and to heal with no worry of any kind of secondary problem. S.E.
Many herbalists have extensive knowledge about using herbs, but not many are specifically trained in using herbs with pregnant, trying-to-conceive or breastfeeding mothers. This is a whole other realm of herbalism with critical considerations and consequences for pregnant and nursing mothers and their babies. Our herbalist and company founder, Pam Caldwell, is one of the few herbalists who specialize in this area, with over 20 years of experience. She is knowledgeable about what works and what herbs to use for various problems, and especially what is safe and appropriate for pregnant moms, trying-to-conceive moms, and breastfeeding moms and their babies. What might be safe for a regular person may be contraindicated (or even dangerous) for a pregnant or breastfeeding woman or her baby. The importance of using products made by an expert or listening to advice from an expert when pregnant or breastfeeding cannot be understated.
Pam was made acutely aware of this fact in her early years when she was working for another herbalist (who was wonderful and very knowledgeable), but even she wasn't aware of what was safe and what was not. Pam would ask her if various herbs were safe for pregnant women (as she was starting her midwifery training at that point), and her boss would say yes. Pam found out later that several of the herbs actually were NOT safe for pregnant women as she had stated. This was a jarring realization for Pam as she learned what could have happened had one of those customers been pregnant. This is why she takes such care to make sure the herbs she uses in her formulas are specifically designed for and are safe for pregnant women, nursing women, and their babies. Over and over Pam will go into herb shops and find lactation teas or pregnancy teas with herbs that should not be included a formula such as that. Regular herbalists have immense knowledge, but they just don't know this level of specialized information. It's nothing to screw around with or to take lightly.
Pam has created the Herb Lore line of products with pregnant and breastfeeding moms specifically in mind utilizing her specialized knowledge and expertise. She and Herb Lore's products have been a trusted resource by midwives, OB's, Lactation Consultants, pediatricians and other mama/baby care providers around the world since 1996. We have a product or solution for just about anything a trying-to-conceive, pregnant, lactating, or new mom might need, or any problem they may encounter. Because of our specialized information, the Herb Lore website and its information are frequently used as required reading in various birthworker or doula trainings. The products that she's created and that Herb Lore offers are safe for use by pregnant and breastfeeding moms, unless otherwise stated in the product description and on the product label.
When researching herbs for yourself as a pregnant mom, a trying-to-conceive mom (we consider you pregnant already, as you never know when you might be!), and nursing mom, keep in mind that there are herbs that might be fine for regular folks, but could be harmful to your babe. Use a specialist whenever you can. The importance is crucial.
Please see our article (found in Articles & Information, under the Information tab, Herbs to Avoid During Pregnancy and Lactation.