Breastfeeding or know someone who is? Then read on!
Firstly, calm down, calm down, mommies…No, this is not a hot new cocktail to sip beside the pool. Well, you could, but its not of the same kinda fun variety that you may be thinking about. It’s a lovely (virgin) concoction consumed by breastfeeding moms. Or in my case, “glugged down”. Copiously, especially with our first baba.
“What is that?!” and “And does it work?“. These are the two main questions I used to hear ALOT, whenever breastfeeding and milk supply came up in conversation.(Because when you’re a mom, its a topic as common as the weather!) So, based on my personal experiences, I’d like to share my opinion with you all here today.
First, the “what is it“: Its a tasty concoction, that has been touted as a galactogogue. (Whats a galactogogue? Read here.) As in, its suppose to help increase your milk supply. What was very suprising to me during both my breastfeeding journeys with my girls, was that alot of women said they suffered milk supply issues, and those who didnt have lactation specialists at hand, only doctors, were always given medication as the first option – and they never heard of Jungle Juice.
Well does it work? Well, it depends on: work for what, and who’s answering.
Some (mothers, lactation specialist as well as the odd other medical professional included) believe it is a bonafide galactogogue, that does wonders for a mother’s milk supply. As in it has an actual biological action within the breasts that promote milk production.
Whilst others believe it is actually just good for the mother, in that it nourishes mom and makes her feel good, and if mom feels good, her body would be in a good position to make milk. As in it doesnt have a direct effect, but rather a knock on effect.
Both theories have warrant, and either way paints Jungle Juice in great light for milk production.
My two cents? Well, if I compare my two girls: my same two breasts, but two very different experiences with each of them.
With our first baba, where hubby was free to feed me and help me all the time, I had Jungle Juice on tap. Drank it for maybe three months straight. Every day. Every. Single. Day. And I had serious amounts of milk. In fact, I filled up the freezer in less than a week with all the stored expressed milk.
With baba number two, hubby now had his hands full with our first baba, and thus not really able to be the glorified super waiter he was for me the first time round. So *gasp* I had to make it myself – when I had the chance, that is. And lets face it, when you have two kids, one of them being a newborn, there are quite a few imperative things in life that suddenly become enforced options only – shower, brush hair, get dressed, make a sandwich OR make your bed.(Pick one only!) So when you add things like “Mix up Jungle Juice”, you can understand how easily that would fall off the otherwise tightly squeezed to-do list. Meaning I hardly had Jungle Juice second time round. The result? I still had plenty of milk literally shooting and flowing out of me. But certainly far from as much as the first time.
I did have mastitus with baba number two though, which did some serious damage to my supply and put me through a hellish breastfeeding experience.So one could argue that the lack of Jungle Juice was not the reason behind my supply troubles with the second baba, but rather the effects of mastitus instead. Or one could debate that perhaps my supply would not have suffered so severly in the first place, regardless of mastitus, had I just taken the Jungle Juice as per recommendation.
And if I think about it, I was far more physically nifty and mentally calmer the first time round whilst gulping down shaker-fulls of Jungle Juice.
So I may not have a definitive medical answer for you, that I suspect you may have been looking for, but my opinion is one just can’t go wrong with Jungle Juice for your breastmilk supply. And more over,I’d put my money where my mouth is and say that the next time we have another baba, (God-willingly) Im definiely going to make Jungle Juice shake up sessions a must on my daily to-do list…regardless of whether I made it outta my PJ’s yet or not. 🙂
Aside from my humble endorsement of Jungle Juice, as well as that of plenty of other mothers out there,what’s more is that its pretty simple to make, with ingrediants that are rather easily available (at least here in South Africa).
This is the recipe I used:
-1 litre apple juice
-2 litre water
-60 ml Schlehen Blackthorn Berry Elixir
-1 sachet Rehidrat in blackcurrent (you can use any other flavour available, but taste-wise in this mix, that is the recommended flavour to use)
-10 dops Rescue Remedy
Have a container that can hold three litres of liquid and still have space to mix it up. Mix all ingrediants up – in no particular order- except for the Rescue Remedy, and store in the fridge. All 3 litres need to be consumed within a 24 hour period for it to be effective, and taken at regular intervals throughout the day.
For every glass you drink, add 10 drops of rescue remedy.
Bottoms up, ladies!
Just remember, its only going to be effective if you drink it as instructed, and regularly. Most moms report a difference within 24 hours, however, if it doesnt happen as quickly for you, give it a full week of proper use before you say its not working for you.
Also, it doesn’t taste like butt…Which is always a #win! I could drink right now ’cause I love the taste of it. (Im not a sweet-sweet tooth, so I prefer to water mine down.)
You’re doing great momma! You can do it!x