Motherlove is unique in that we only produce liquid supplements -- both in tincture form and in vegan capsules. In contrast to herbal teas or dried herbal tablets, a liquid tincture is the most concentrated way to take an herb. Often times when manufacturing teas or dried herbal tablets, herbs are ground and remain on the shelves for longer amounts of time, thus losing their potency. By extracting our herbs in a mixture of grain alcohol and water, we are able to pull out larger amounts of the herbal constituents so our customers can take less of the herb but get the same results. Our tinctures and capsules also have a five-year shelf life, which means they can maintain their high potency for many years.
Initially the herbal components in all our formulas are extracted in grain alcohol and water, resulting in what is commonly known as a tincture. For our alcohol-free extracts, the alcohol is then slowly removed without destroying the important herbal constituents. Organic vegetable glycerin is added in place of the alcohol, which acts as a natural preservative and gives the tincture a sweeter taste.
To make our liquid capsules, we start with the initial traditional tincture and remove the alcohol and add non-GMO soy or sunflower lecithin, modified vegetable cellulose, and medium chain triglycerides as a natural preservative. This is then encapsulated in a vegan capsule.
The liquid extracts and the capsules have the same herbal strength per dose. Liquid extracts are more quickly absorbed through the mucus membranes in the mouth than the capsules, which take about 1/2 hour to digest and enter the system. Many women prefer the capsules due to the strong taste of the liquid extracts.
Every mother is different so there isn't an easy answer for this question. We know many mothers who have taken our supplements the entire time they breastfeed, but we also know many women who have successfully weaned themselves off of the products. Both of these are perfectly fine.
If you'd like to stop taking the product, we always recommend that you wean yourself off slowly and watch for any changes. For example, if you are taking 3 doses per day and have an adequate milk supply, remove 1 dose per day. Continue taking just 2 doses per day and keep an eye on your supply. If it is still adequate, remove another dose and watch for a couple of days. If your milk supply stays at a good level, then you can safely stop taking the product. However, if you remove a dose and see a dip in your supply, we recommend adding the dose back in and staying at that level. If you stop taking your doses all at once, there is a risk that your supply will drop suddenly and it is more difficult to increase it again after that.
One of Motherlove's 3 guiding principles, or pillars as we call them, is 'Safe and Effective'. We take great strides to ensure that we are providing only the safest ingredients to our consumers. Motherlove uses a number of sources to confirm the safety level of our herbs, including the American Herbal Products Association's Botanical Safety Handbook and the German E. Commission Monographs. In addition to that, we only source USDA Certified Organic herbs. We have a full-time Quality Assurance Department based in our Fort Collins, Colorado facility that is fully dedicated to monitoring our herbal quality. If you have further questions about our products, simply give us a call or email us.
Have you ever looked closely at the Suggested Use found on the back of Motherlove’s breastfeeding supplements? If so, you’ll notice that it says, “for maximum effectiveness, avoid taking with more than 1-2 oz. of water.” This language was added to our products years ago because there was a concern that taking our liquid supplements with a large amount of liquid could limit the effectiveness of our supplements. However, after further scientific research, in addition to a lot of feedback from our moms, we are moving away from this recommendation.
We are in the process of removing this language from our labels. While your product may still note this Suggested use section, there is no need to limit your intake. Feel free to take our supplements with whatever you'd like to eat or drink
Many women have had success with relactation after using More Milk Special Blend. More Milk Special Blend is a blend of goat's rue, fenugreek, blessed thistle, nettle, and fennel. Goat's rue in particular helps build mammary tissue and all of the herbs in this blend are known herbal galactagogues, or herbs that support milk supply. As always, milk is made on a supply and demand basis so it is important to continue to pump or nurse frequently and have adequate nipple stimulation. Women often find that working with an IBCLC can be a helpful resource when trying to reestablish milk supply.
Our supplements have a shelf life of 5 years and the expiration date can be found on the underside of the bottle. We recommend storing them out of direct sunlight and extreme temperatures for best results.
Motherlove chooses to use alcohol to extract all of the herbs in our lactation supplements. Alcohol is known to be extremely effective in removing the herbal constituents so that our products are concentrated. Alcohol also serves as a preservative. Our alcohol-based tinctures contain a very small amount of alcohol per dose. We liken the alcohol content to drinking one glass of wine over the course of 2 weeks. When taken according to the directions on the label, there is no evidence that this small of amount of alcohol (approximately 15 drops of alcohol per dose) will get into your breastmilk. However, if you have concerns about the alcohol content, Motherlove does have alcohol-free tinctures and vegetarian liquid capsules for many of our supplements.
All of our liquid supplements start by extracting the herbal constituents in a blend of grain alcohol and water. Our traditional tinctures remain with a base of alcohol but we also provide alcohol-free versions of some of our tinctures. The alcohol-free version is made by slowly steaming off the alcohol and replacing it with vegetable glycerin. The herbal components of both products are identical and they work and are absorbed in the same manner and time.
That “gunk” is a completely normal residue resulting from herbal sediment. Because Motherlove products contain actual herb plant particles, this characteristic is typical of herbal liquid extracts and in no way compromises the quality of the product. Sediment often collects inside and around the dropper and shaking the bottle prior to use can help release some of the particles. The dark color is from the herbs in each product and can vary in color from a green, to a very dark brown or black.
Motherlove typically recommends that the adoptive mom begin taking the full dose of Goat's Rue approximately two to three months before the baby's arrival date, if possible. Along with starting Goat's Rue, it is very important for the mom to begin a pumping regimen and do sufficient nipple stimulation to mimic the normal feeding pattern of an infant. Once the baby arrives, we typically recommend that the mom change to More Milk Special Blend and continue with frequent pumping/nursing sessions. Feel free to call or email us with more specific questions about which supplements to take.
As always, please seek the advice of a physician or IBCLC with any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment.
If you'd like to stop taking the product, we always recommend that you wean yourself off slowly and watch for any changes. For example, if you are taking 3 doses per day and have an adequate milk supply, remove 1 dose per day. Continue taking just 2 doses per day and keep an eye on your supply. If it is still adequate, remove another dose and watch for a couple of days. If your milk supply stays at a good level, then you can safely stop taking the product. However, if you remove a dose and see a dip in your supply, we recommend adding the dose back in and staying at that level. If you stop taking your doses all at once, there is a risk that your supply will drop suddenly and it can be difficult to increase it again after that.
The specific ratio of each herb in our blended supplements is proprietary information, however, we can tell you that each capsule or milliliter of a tincture contains the equivalent of 333 milligrams of dried herbs. Keep in mind, since our supplements are all liquid based, they are more concentrated than the dried herb capsule equivalent. Each of the herbs, as well as the inactive ingredients, are listed on our website and the product labels.
All of the herbs used in our supplements are USDA Certified Organic and free of pesticides. The individual herbs are tested for identity using tests such as macroscopic, microscopic, and organoleptic and additionally, they go through a physical analysis for particle size, foreign organic and inorganic matter. Each batch of supplements is manufactured according to established specifications for identity, purity, strength, and composition. Chemical analyses are performed such as heavy metal testing, moisture content, and pesticides. All of our supplements products go through microbiological testing and each batch is signed off on by our Quality Assurance Department before leaving our facility.
Lanolin is a natural wax coating on sheep wool that is removed by boiling the wool and collecting the wax. As a result, lanolin can trigger wool allergies. Additionally, lanolin tends to be a bit sticky, or tacky, to the touch so to avoid further nipple discomfort, Motherlove has chosen to not include this ingredient in our Nipple Cream.
Since we do not use preservatives, the shelf life of our body care products varies between 18-22 months, depending on the product. You will find an expiration date located on the bottom of the jar and box.
Nipple pain while breastfeeding can often be caused by an improper latch so we will always recommend seeing an IBCLC if you have persistent nipple pain. In the meantime, Motherlove's Nipple Cream can help soothe a sore nursing nipple.
Diaper Balm contains anti-fungal herbs, Oregon grape root, and myrrh gum. It is a great product to use on your baby's bottom between diaper changes. If you are looking for a product to use on your nipples, we recommend our Nipple Cream.
Motherlove is committed to following FDA guidelines and as such, we preemptively removed the word 'thrush' from our labels. Rest assured, the ingredients remain the same and many moms have found it useful on yeast-driven irritations.
Yes, Diaper Balm does not contain petroleum or zinc oxide, both common ingredients in diaper rash creams. These ingredients create a moisture barrier that can cause cloth diapers to not be as absorbent. By not using these ingredients, our Diaper Balm is cloth diaper and bamboo safe.
One of Motherlove's 3 guiding principles, or pillars as we call them, is 'Safe and Effective'. We take great strides to ensure that we are providing only the safest ingredients to our consumers. Motherlove uses a number of sources to confirm the safety level of our herbs, including the American Herbal Products Association's Botanical Safety Handbook and the German E. Commission Monographs. In addition to that, we only source USDA Certified Organic or wildcrafted herbs. We have a full-time Quality Assurance Department based in our Fort Collins, Colorado facility that is fully dedicated to monitoring our herbal quality. If you have further questions about our products, simply give us a call or email us.
Both of these products have a base of apricot oil and are infused with marshmallow root, rosehips, lavender flower, chamomile flower, and calendula flower to help prevent stretch marks and soothe growing, itchy skin. The Pregnant Belly Salve has the addition of shea butter and beeswax, which gives it a thicker consistency. We find that the salve is more popular, but both are equally effective.
Although moisturizing can help stretch marks fade, it is very difficult to get rid of stretch marks completely. We recommend using our Pregnant Belly Oil or Pregnant Belly Salve to help prevent new marks by keeping your skin supple while you grow.
We recommend using it in the morning and the evening, or really, anytime your skin feels tight and itchy. Keep in mind that your belly isn't the only thing growing in pregnancy so we recommend using the oil or salve on anything that is growing such as your belly, hips, breasts, and butt. They all can get stretch marks too!
Any oil-based product has the potential to stain clothing, so we recommend letting the oil or salve absorb before getting dressed.
Motherlove uses beeswax as a thickening agent in a number of our body care products, such as Diaper Balm and Nipple Cream. Unlike honey, which carries a risk for botulism, there is no known risk of botulism in beeswax.
Motherlove has a 30-day satisfaction guarantee return policy. If for some reason you are unsatisfied with your purchase, you can return the product, with a receipt, to wherever it was purchased for a full refund or exchange, including online orders. Should you experience any issues with the return process, please contact us at 970.493.2892 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you purchased a Motherlove product on Amazon and are not completely satisfied, you are able to return it for a full refund. To do so, simply log into your Amazon account, go to your orders page, and request a return for a refund. Please note that Amazon has a 30-day limit on returns. If you have any challenges with this process, please contact us at email@example.com or 970-493-2892 and we'll gladly assist you.
At this time, Motherlove products are only available in Canada through our distributor, Ecotrend Ecologics. We do not do any additional direct shipments to Canada beyond our partnership with Ecotrend and as such, we cannot send samples directly to our Canadian providers.