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Re: Should I really give my infant fennel tea?

My son is now 21 months old and I am still breastfeeding. During his first months I drank approximately 1 litre of fennel tea a day and fed my son breast milk exclusively for 6 months. He suffered from colic twice, and it passed very quickly.

I did my research and contrary to nearly all the advice I was given by young mothers, grandmothers, and even certain doctors, I decided to follow that given by the World Health Organisation; to exclusively breastfeed for the first 6 months, eat a well-balanced, varied diet and continue to breastfeed up to 2 years.

I was aware of the effects of fennel tea and so drank plenty. Through my breast milk my son has been introduced to a great variety of tastes, which makes mealtimes much easier for me, as he is not a fussy eater, and he has been provided with all the minerals and vitamines he has needed.

He has always been and still is a very happy, healthy baby, which I believe is due to breastmilk, a good diet (both for mother and baby!) and me drinking lots of fennel tea!
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Re: Should I really give my infant fennel tea?

My baby is 4 weeks old and I started giving him fennel tea two days ago. He doesn't drink too much tea and he is drinking milk as before (exclusively breastfed). Our pediatrition advised me about this, and it seems to help with the gasses. And no sugar or glucose.
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Re: Should I really give my infant fennel tea?

I know this is an old thread but does anyone know if (Mum) drinking Fennel tea can give the baby diarrhoea?
Along with cutting out dairy, feeding upright, holding upright for 30 minutes after feeding etc i've been drinking around a litre of Fennel tea a day (bleurgh ) and have noticed an improvement in kiddo's digestion but for the last 2 days I think he's had a bit of the runs - shooting out lovely poop water .
Did anyone else have this happen?
If he doesn't improve i'll obviously take him to the doctor, I was just curious if the tea might be the culprit.
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I know this is an old thread but does anyone know if (Mum) drinking Fennel tea can give the baby diarrhoea?
Along with cutting out dairy, feeding upright, holding upright for 30 minutes after feeding etc i've been drinking around a litre of Fennel tea a day (bleurgh ) and have noticed an improvement in kiddo's digestion but for the last 2 days I think he's had a bit of the runs - shooting out lovely poop water .
Did anyone else have this happen?
If he doesn't improve i'll obviously take him to the doctor, I was just curious if the tea might be the culprit.
You could switch to chamomile and see what happens - if it gets worse, obv go to the doc.
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Re: Should I really give my infant fennel tea?

When mini Helm had colics, I made his milk with fennel tea instead of water (also used Flatulex). It did help, but sometimes he did have some shoot outs afterwards. It did get better.

If he has diarrhea for 5 days, go to the doctor. Apart from the obvious possibility of dehydration, it might be a sign of something other than food sensibility.
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When mini Helm had colics, I made his milk with fennel tea instead of water (also used Flatulex). It did help, but sometimes he did have some shoot outs afterwards. It did get better.

If he has diarrhea for 5 days, go to the doctor. Apart from the obvious possibility of dehydration, it might be a sign of something other than food sensibility.
I would say after 3 days the OP should give her GP a call. If there is a bug going around, the GP will know about it before most.
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You could switch to chamomile and see what happens - if it gets worse, obv go to the doc.
What benefits does Chamomile have?
I've been offering up the goods as often as he'll take them to try and fight off any dehydration but yes for sure if this is still and issue tomorrow i'll take him to see a doc
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Re: Should I really give my infant fennel tea?

Our little boy had this Fennel tea when he was a newborn, tea for the wife (who was bfeeding) and the same, but more mild I think, tea for the baby in a bottle. We got it from the local Apotheke.

No idea if it helped or not really, but it was something to do, and possibly it helped settle his tummy (or that was going to happen anyway). No harm in it as far as I'm aware.

They love their tea in Switzerland as a remedy for illness.
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Re: Should I really give my infant fennel tea?

Have you been eating: onions, garlic, fresh bread, beans, leek? It could be indeed fennel, reactions to herbs are very individual. We had this weird elixir for colique, made on request in our local pharmacy, that worked like a charm. I forgot what it was, some kind of anise stuff.
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Re: Should I really give my infant fennel tea?

It could very well be the Fennel tea. Any type of herbal tea drank in large quantities over an extended period of time, does start to have side effects.

Colic is a nightmare. Flatulex helped my daughter, but her digestive problems still linger 10 years later. I sometime wonder if I could have given her too much Flatulex.
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Have you been eating: onions, garlic, fresh bread, beans, leek? It could be indeed fennel, reactions to herbs are very individual. We had this weird elixir for colique, made on request in our local pharmacy, that worked like a charm. I forgot what it was, some kind of anise stuff.
I have been eating onion, garlic and fresh bread, it really would be a shame to have to give them up But whatever helps the little guy I guess!
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What benefits does Chamomile have?
I've been offering up the goods as often as he'll take them to try and fight off any dehydration but yes for sure if this is still and issue tomorrow i'll take him to see a doc
It helps me with nausea. Fennel is best for digestive issues but if you want to switch around, I don't think it could hurt to try it. Preparing formula etc. with fennel, as others have suggested, is definitely worth a shot before you give chamomile a try, though.

Caraway (chewed or prepared as a tea), that being Kümmel, not cumin, is also rumored to help with digestive issues, but not sure how that would affect your kiddo/if it's safe for kids.

Another tea which helps me when feeling sick is peppermint - make sure you don't try that though (see Helm's post below as to why)

If you have any doubts/fears whatsoever, please don't hesitate to call your kid's doc. All the best

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Another tea which helps me when feeling sick is peppermint - perhaps you want to try that as well?
WAIT WAIT WAIT! If you are breastfeeding, do not drink peppermint tea! It can result in a drop on the milk supply! Feed the baby directly, ok, but do not drink it yourself!
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WAIT WAIT WAIT! If you are breastfeeding, do not drink peppermint tea! It can result in a drop on the milk supply! Feed the baby directly, ok, but do not drink it yourself!
Edited my post accordingly. Thanks!!!
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Re: Should I really give my infant fennel tea?

The supply is a mechanism not difficult to increase, mint shouldn't really affect it if one pumps a few times a day, after nursing. And makes sure the breasts empty completely. Then mechanically rub them down in a warm shower, shake, stroke, etc...I wrote it down somewhere here. Hormonal and mechanical stimulation works.

My ped prescribed flatulex but we never used it since docs back home warned us it can affect the regular intestinal passage. Gripe water worked.

But diarhea is pretty frequent with babies, if it is not a bug, can be something mommy ate.
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The supply is a mechanism not difficult to increase, mint shouldn't really affect it if one pumps a few times a day, after nursing.
When you face horrible supply problems that drive you and your kid insane, you get really obsessed with things that can reduce the supply even if at microscopic amounts. These problems are unfortunately more common than one would expect. Yeah, nursing is the most natural thing in the world till your boobs decide to give you the middle finger.
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Re: Should I really give my infant fennel tea?

Boobs never do. Chemical balance does this and by the time the supply drops that's because something has happened (or rather hasn't happened) 3-4 days before, or gradually, ever so unnoticed for a few weeks. Which is hard for tired moms to notice, so understandably.

Still annoys me how misinformed most of society is about nursing. Nobody has it easy.

Mint, coffee, coke - flavors breast milk. Leek does, foods that cause colic. I remember being on elimination diet for years.

In the large picture, a bit of herb tea shouldn't matter but babies react to a lot. With mine - yoghurts meant projectile puking and diarhea, until the stomach learned to process, I had to go back to microscopic dose per day.
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Re: Should I really give my infant fennel tea?

strawberries, and thyme tea also changes the taste of the milk as well.
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strawberries, and thyme tea also changes the taste of the milk as well.
I wonder why my daughter keeps asking for "pink milk".

(It is like a chocolate milk but strawberry flavor. Charlie and Lola thing).
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strawberries, and thyme tea also changes the taste of the milk as well.
Stuff that changes the taste (as long as it doesn't upset the baby's stomach, obvs) is not a bad thing. The midwife told me it would pay dividends later on when you are weaning onto solids. If the baby has had a palette of new tastes mingled in with a taste he or she trusts (i.e. breast milk), it cuts down the risk of fussy eating.

In our case this seemed to ring true because the weaning process was relatively pain-free with very few foods being outright rejected.
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