July 25th, 2013 by Karith

It’s a Miracle #2: Basil Oil Cured My Breastfeeding Blues

For all the mommies who have struggled or ARE struggling with breastfeeding and producing enough milk this post is for you!

My actual bottle- well my third one really.

Yes, THIS Basil Essential Oil cured my Breastfeeding Blues by helping me double my milk supply. I know this may sound hard to believe, and if it wasn’t something I have experienced personally I’d still have an eyebrow raised like I was doing a Dwayne Johnson aka “The Rock” impression.


Just keep reading and I’ll get to it. I promise! I actually just wrote an article for the Huffington Post covering how hard it is to breastfeed period for many of us, and when you have to add on top of that- getting your milk supply up or keeping it up (esp. after you have to go back to work)- that takes this “mommy thing” to a whole other level. A challenging and daunting one that can often leave you questioning your womanhood. (Like we don’t have enough to be self-conscious about!)



I wish I was one of those women who had SO much milk that I ruined shirts from leakage. Sadly, I was able to return ALL of the breast pads that I’d had on my BabiesRUs registry because there was NEVER a need for them. And I sure as hell never have had a need for these. Absolutely brilliant idea though!

I would have KILLED to have had to buy this!

I have several girlfriends who’ve had the complete opposite problem (bully for them!) One beamed about how she ran out of room in her freezers (yes, freezers plural) and has to use a neighbor’s freezer to store all of her excess milk. Another friend (and I use the term loosely- just kidding- sort of) told me that not long after she gave birth she was looking down at her hardwood floors and noticed what looked to be a glaze-like paint spattering. It took her a second to realize that was just the pattern that was being made from when she would run around topless doing things and she would just leak milk. Her boobs were literally pulling a Jackson Pollack her floors.


I really have to try not to hate on these women. I’m sure they’d rather not be in that predicament either. As a matter of fact there is an oil (doTERRA’s Peppermint Essential Oil) that has the opposite effect of the Basil Oil- and will help temper the milk production so that it’s more manageable for Mom.


As much as I try not to hate, I’m human; and I still get an eye twitch when I hear a new mom bragging about how when she sneezes milk just comes out. It’s truly all I can do to hold my tongue and not say:


I am the woman who has pursued every lead I could fathom to increase my milk supply. We’re talking counseling with lactation consultants and nurses, questioning other moms as to what their methods are for getting more milk. Y’all I’ve taken and still do take Fenugreek, Blessed Thistle- there was a go at Goat’s Rue tincture for a bit. I drink Mother’s Milk tea- which I don’t mind, but they also don’t tell you that you have to drink 4-5 CUPS of it a DAY to make a difference (and I think we all know- ain’t nobody got time for that!!!)


The scariest part is for me is that I was just days away from ordering Motilium (Domperidone)- a prescription drug that Baby Bean’s pediatrician recommended. Just a few of the side affects listed are:

  • Difficulty in speaking
  • Disorientation
  • Dizziness
  • Fainting
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Light-headedness
  • Loss of balance or muscle control

All great things you want to worry about dealing with when you have a baby.NOT!



And this drug is supposed to be better than it’s American counterpart Reglan (Metoclopramide) which has equally awful side effects including severe postpartum depression!



That’s why I’m shouting Hallelujah from the rafters since my doTERRA Basil Oil discovery- I can now return to the Southern gentile woman I am at heart. I once again can just smile politely when another mom talks about her abundance of Mommy Milk instead of cursing her silently through gritted teeth.

My 1st EVER Milk Storage Bag from one pumping- I was so proud I HAD to document it!

It took a few days to kick in, but when it did- IT DID!!! Y’all I would normally pump 3 oz. collectively from BOTH breasts in about and hour (if I was lucky.) I now get that much from each breast in about 15- 30 minutes. *Of course every woman is different and reacts differently to pumps, and even manual expression. But I cannot encourage you enough to try it.

So here’s the lowdown- doTERRA is a private company so to get any of these oils you have either be a rep and have your own account with doTERRA or know a rep and order it on-line through their account. Fortunately you know me!

I was so impressed with the doTERRA company- their quality of oils and their ethics that I got involved. And ALL of their oils are certified medical grade ORGANIC. So if this is something you need and/or want to try go through this link and give it a go:

www.mydoterra.com/Iwanttofeelgood

PLEASE let me know if you get it and how it works for you. I truly ONLY want to help others achieve the best results NATURALLY for them and their babies. It happened for me and I want it to happen for you.

*A SERIOUS fyi- I ran out of my doTerra Basil Oil while on a business trip and bought another brand for a quick replacement. Did NOT even come close to the quality of doTERRA’s. And on the label it read “not to be ingested”- Hello! How unpure is that?! It’s only going on the largest organ of my body- my skin!!!

Much Love,
~Karith

One Response to “It’s a Miracle #2: Basil Oil Cured My Breastfeeding Blues”

  1. Betsy Betsy says:

    Yaaay! Look at that storage bag - I’m impressed! How do you use the basil oil - rub it on your breasts? Take it internally?

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