Oh me, oh my, oh Mamatini. Mamatini- what a great name, no? You know you’re in California when your lactation consultant recommends this new herbal drink to increase your milk production. Mine did and, while wary, I thought I’d give it a try.
I need all the help I can get with this whole breast feeding thing. For as “natural” as breast feeding is, there is nothing that comes naturally about it.
The Mamatini folks were nice enough to send over a few bottles to sample and here’s my take.
First off, Mamatini is deeelicious! Not sweet as I was afraid it would be. You know how some manufacturers kick up the sugar content just because? Not so with these folks.
In fact, Mamatini is a yummy blend of ginger and peppermint, with lots of other herbs and vitamins too. To me, it kind of tastes earthy as if you just lovingly made a pot of herbal tea. You can visit their website to get all the details, but I’m here to say that it really tastes great!
Second, Mamatini does actually increase breast milk production, at least as far as I can tell. The magic ingredient is fenugreek. Each bottle contains 1.5 grams of the milk-enhancing herb that people have been using for centuries. I’ve definitely noticed a difference. I have issues with low milk production (along with all the other not so fun problems breast feeding related) and this stuff really does help.
A funny side effect of fenugreek, you should know, is smelling like maple syrup. Literally, maple syrup. Move over B.O, here comes some syrup…my husband has been craving pancakes ever since I started taking the stuff.
The thing is, you can’t find Mamtini in stores yet. They do sell bottles directly from the website – a case is $40 + $10 shipping and handling. That’s roughly $4 per bottle…a little pricey considering that you can find a bottle of 100 fenugreek capsules for $10 at a health food store.
While buying Mamatini regularly might be little rich for my blood, I will say that it is a fantastic alternative to drinking water ALL the time.