Hi, I hope this isn't redundant. I did a search and didn't see anything on this subject, so...
I've been having trouble sleeping (my newborn is 7 weeks old, so my circadian rhythm is all messed up) and so rather than take a sleep aid like Ambien, (if you take it, you have to pump and dump your first two batches a day!) I've been drinking Chamomile tea. I start about 6pm and drink anywhere between 3-6 cups (basically, I make a big batch and drink till I feel tired while I do my evening chores) and then go to sleep.
Does anyone have any idea how much, if any, of the sedative effect can be transferred onto my daughter through the breastmilk? Like any baby, she always gets drowsy on the breast or when I bottle feed her pumped breast milk. but of course now I'm paranoid that she's not legitimately tired, but rather, being knocked out from the chamomile I drank the night before.
Ugh, I'm so WORRIED about it. Does anyone have any guidance/experience/advice. I would be so grateful for some reassuring words that i'm not sedating my daughter! The chamomile has been so helpful in helping me relax that I hate to have to give it up, but I will if it's going to harm my little girl!!!
Thank you Ladies on the LLI board!