Consuming Ginger and Ginger Tea While Breastfeeding

Ginger and ginger tea

In India, ginger tea is especially taken during winters to stay warm and to ward off cold and cough. But if you have given birth to a child recently, you will wonder if consuming ginger or ginger tea while breastfeeding is safe. You will have questions about its health benefits and side-effects of ginger. Well, if you have these questions in mind, here is an article to answer all of it.

Is Consuming Ginger and Ginger Tea Safe During Breastfeeding?

Consuming ginger or ginger tea is said to be absolutely safe while breastfeeding. However, it should be taken in moderation. Just 2-3 cups of ginger tea is enough per day. However, women who have had a lot of blood loss during delivery should avoid ginger.

Does Ginger Change the Flavour of Breastmilk?

If you eat something with strong odour while nursing does penetrate into your breastmilk. The smell of ginger may get into your breastmilk. So, if your baby stops feeding the breastmilk, blame the ginger tea that you may have started taking.

Amazing Benefits of Ginger and Ginger Tea While Breastfeeding

Although ginger and ginger tea makes the breastmilk smell, it has some benefits too. Listed below are some of the benefits of drinking ginger tea while breastfeeding:

1. Aids adequate milk supply

Ginger or ginger tea enhances the supply of milk in nursing mothers since it has lactogenic properties.

2. Beneficial for colicky newborns

Our saliva contains the digestive enzyme amylase, and ginger contains another digestive enzyme zingibain. These two combine and go into the child through the mother’s milk and ease colic in newborns by helping them pass the trapped gas.

3. Cures digestive problems and nausea in nursing mothers

Ginger has great medicinal properties. It aids digestive problems and cures nausea in breastfeeding mothers.

4. Increases immunity

The body becomes weak and loses immunity after delivery. At this phase ginger if taken on a regular basis (but moderately) can enhance immunity.

5. Anti-fungal and anti-bacterial

Ginger’s anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties help in warding off infections and inflammations.

6. Warming effect

It keeps the body warm and also prevents the nursing mother from contracting cold and cough.

7. Helps in reducing bloating

Ginger dispels gas thereby reducing bloating. It also helps in absorption of nutrients and in eliminating waste from the body.

A woman drinking ginger tea

Side Effects of Consuming Ginger While Nursing

As you know every coin has two sides. GInger sure has many benefits, but it has its share of side effects too. Listed below are some of the side effects of eating ginger while nursing:

  • Women who have had a considerable amount of blood loss during delivery should refrain from taking ginger for the first few months after delivery. In such a case, she can run the risk of haemorrhage.
  • Prolong and too much use of ginger could result in a scaly and itchy rash which appears first in the face.
  • It can cause heartburn, diarrhoea, and mouth irritation.
  • In some cases, it can even result in an increase in blood pressure and heart palpitation.
  • Since ginger is said to clear out toxins from the body, it can cause allergies.
  • Too much intake of ginger by a nursing mother could result in bloating of the stomach and the baby becoming too gassy and irritable as a result.

Ways to Consume Ginger

There are multiple ways in which ginger can be consumed, such as:

  • Ginger Tea

This hot beverage is one of the favourites among people of our country. Whether we are down with flu, cough, cold, or it is just one of that rainy day, all we need is a hot cup of ginger tea, with or without milk. It is said to make our body warm, bring down the cold, and relieve nasal congestion. No wonder why ginger tea is liked by all.

  • Pickled Ginger

It is highly recommended during road trips or long flights when you tend to suffer from motion sickness. It is also said to cure digestive problems and thus can be had after a heavy meal. And the best part – it has a great taste!

  • Juice of Ginger

All you need is just a spoonful of ginger juice mixed with honey and a little warm water. Take this concoction for a couple of times, and your sore throat problem will take a backseat.

  • Grated Ginger

You can use grated ginger in soups. It gives more taste to the soup and is a sure shot way of curing cough and cold.

  • Ginger Paste

It is a common ingredient in almost all the Indian curries. It enhances the taste of the dish and makes it more appetizing.

Things to Remember Before Consuming Ginger Tea While Breastfeeding

Ginger tea is, of course, a common beverage, but while breastfeeding there are certain things you should consider before consuming it:

  • Always remember that tea contains caffeine, even if it is ginger tea, so limit your intake.
  • Stick to 2-3 cups at the most per day. Too much of ginger tea may get your as well as your little one’s stomach bloated and gassy.
  • Do not drink ginger tea just before breastfeeding your baby. The caffeine may enter your breast milk making the baby fussy and deprived of sleep.
  • Women who have suffered a significant amount of blood loss while giving birth should avoid taking ginger.

How to Make Ginger and Honey Tea

Ginger and honey tea is a delicious concoction that will soothe your sore throat and help in clearing the phlegm. Ginger ale is also somewhat similar in taste. Both ginger honey tea and ginger ale while breastfeeding is absolutely safe but should be taken in moderation.

A cup of ginger tea with honey and lemon

Here are some easy steps to prepare Ginger and Honey Tea:

What you will need

  • Freshly grated ginger – 1 tbsp
  • Honey (pasteurized, if possible) – 1 tbsp
  • Fresh Lemon juice – 1 tbsp
  • Hot Boiled Water – 1 cup

How to prepare

  • Take some grated ginger in a cup.
  • Pour hot water into it.
  • Cover the cup with a lid and let it remain so for 5 minutes.
  • Strain it into another cup.
  • Add honey and stir.
  • Lastly, add lemon juice.
  • Your ginger and honey tea is ready.

Not many are aware of the benefits and side effects of consuming ginger while breastfeeding. Although it has been used as a spice in cooking food and as medicine since long, it should be consumed in moderation, especially while one is breastfeeding.

Also Read: Drinking Green Tea during Breastfeeding