Safe, Effective Breastfeeding Support for Mom and Babe: Latest Research & Favourite Local Product

Rumina Naturals is a Calgary based company that arose out of the passion of a Calgary Herbalist and Calgary ND to support moms and babes during pregnancy and that first year together out of the womb. They are becoming a favourite of family naturopathic care clinics, lactation centers and midwifery clinics in Alberta and beyond.

Their best seller is Milk-a-Plenty and the ingredient list surprised me and on reflection really impressed me. It is a thoughtful, holistic postpartum formula that takes into account the postpartum period from a bigger perspective with herbs to address not only the nutritive piece and lactation piece but also the mood piece - the anxiety and depression that is commonly part of this time for many mothers.


This great formula comes at a time when we know it is not optimal for mamas to take the pharmaceutical Domperidone to increase milk supply. Health Canada put out a health advisory on the product 4 years ago and it is currently banned is the United States.

Milk a Plenty is a researched, therapeutic dose lactation support formula. Here’s what you’ll find in it …

It has Moringa (nutritive powerhouse), Vervain (anxiey and depression) and Milk thistle (liver protector and powerful galactagogue).

Latest News: Fenugreek is a very common herb you would have seen in breast feeding formulas in the past but you won’t find it in this formula as it has fallen out of favour with medical lactation consultants for several reasons. High amounts of Fenugreek have been linked to issues with gas and pain in babies and a high dose can be unfavourable for pre-existing or postpartum thyroid issues which are not uncommon nowadays and play into postpartum mental wellness for many women.

When will I notice something? Notice of improvement often is seen within a week at the standard 2 dropperfuls 3x/day. Take it based on your health practitioner’s input for 1 month to 6 weeks and wean slowly once you are where you want to be.

To pick up a bottle or address some niggling health concerns/goals call the office at (403) 609-8385.

To your health and happiness mama! xo Dr. Monika

Dr. Monika Herwig ND is a Naturopathic Doctor, Acupuncturist, Yoga Nidra and Yoga Therapy Facilitator, mother of 2, and a Trailblazer with Happy Healthy Women in Canmore, Alberta. She practices Mind-Body Medicine especially around Adrenal, Gut, Hormonal and Mental Health in her clinic and leads Wellness Workshops and Retreats locally and internationally.

Dr. Monika supports thoughtful, smart women shine their light and share their gifts while staying healthy, calm and energized (and bypassing the all to common path to burnout that shows up as low energy, overwhelm, weight gain, headaches, hormonal symptoms, poor sleep or poor digestion). She is passionate about supporting moms and moms to be and their families as well as any woman navigating one of the key 7 year transitions which occur around 35, 42, 49 years or any big life change so she can move forward in her life in the way she truly is called to.

Interested in naturopathic support? (403) 609-8385 to call to book with Jill/Joyce or to book online.

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If we work with the outer cycles of nature and our home life and the inner cycles of our bodies we increase the impact from our yearly home and body cleanses. It's Spring cleaning Mamas and timing is key for ease. Here's some tips and a book recommendation that will change your life in the area of letting go and creating space for what brings you most alive (_: ... ... Enjoy!

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Food sensitivity testing Spotlight and why I recommend it to pregnant and breastfeeding mamas...

OK, we all know that a healthy diet is a key component to overall health and well-being.  Working with you to make sure that your diet supports your health is foundational for Naturopathic Doctors. Many of you have been hearing about Food Sensitivity Testing and I often get a lot of questions that I thought I'd answer here.

There are a lot of ways to find out what foods your body is not agreeing with. Reacting to a food can be a digestive issue (not enough enzymes to digest - 3 common contributors to this are age, fast eating and eating under stress) or an immune reaction (body is reacting to food as if it were something foreign to get rid of rather than use it to make/keep you fit as a fiddle). This test tells you which foods are eliciting an IgG reaction - a delayed food sensitivity reaction. Here's a scenario: Jill eats an egg on Saturday and her headache flares on Monday - we do the testing and it reveals that one of her IgG sensitivities are eggs. Her headache was in part a response to her sensitivity to the egg. frustrating and hard to pinpoint the food connection in cases like this and this test is brilliant in uncovering this.  IgG reactions are delayed - sometimes 24, 48 -72(!) hours after eating it. Your typical IgE allergic reaction would be more what we think of when we hear food allergy - it is immediate - like a peanut allergy or something that you react to right away with a rash, swelling or increase in other symptoms.

We offer the delayed food sensitivity panel (IgG) by Rocky Mountain Analytical lab. It tests 97 foods for their IgG reaction - takes about 10 minutes and the blood sample is sent away to the lab and results received in about 3 weeks. The ALCAT is an excellent test too - I have found great results with the IgG test (i.e. patient's symptoms decrease/clear when off the specific foods) so I primarily use this unless I have a request for the ALCAT.

What it tells you: assesses what foods might be stressing the body creating symptoms of overload such as inflammation, seasonal allergies, frequent colds, fatigue, mood swings, colic in young ones, skin conditions and of course digestive issues. It is important to be eating the foods you want tested the 3 weeks before the test in order to be able to assess their effect. Important note:  if you know a food doesn't agree with you that's your proof so no need to eat a food that you clearly know isn't contributing to you feeling fabulous - your experience outweighs any test.

Common foods that come up high in the testing are gluten, dairy and eggs but we've seen garlic and sesame seeds and some fruits and vegetables come up also. This is our clients favorite test and so helpful in customizing your diet for your well-being.

 Everyone can benefit from knowing what foods are best for their body - and most people when they get their results aren't too surprised and had a gut feeling. "Garlic is supposed to be so good for you so I've been eating it but I had a hunch that it wasn't agreeing with me - this test confirms my hunch!"

 Why mamas?

Since setting a good foundation for wellness early is preventative medicine at its best, I encourage mothers to take this test. Especially recommended for breastfeeding mothers and mothers-to-be as improper foods and immune-mediated responses can be passed on to the baby in utero and through breast milk. Knowing what foods your body loves best and decreasing the foods that are creating inflammation/disonance is so helpful in creating a good start for babe.  It takes energy to prepare good food for you and your family - this is one way to take some of the guess work out of your family's healthy food choices and find out which foods are contributing to your well-being.

This is one page of an example of the report you will receive. 97 foods are testing. As you can see pineapples, cranberries and bananas are creating an IgG immune mediated inflammatory response for this individual at this time.

This is one page of an example of the report you will receive. 97 foods are testing. As you can see pineapples, cranberries and bananas are creating an IgG immune mediated inflammatory response for this individual at this time.

**For some of you your insurance company may even cover some of the cost through extended insurance plans and health spending accounts such as through Teacher Associations and many company health plans. Regardless, that's just a bonus - this test is a great investment in your family's health -  worth every penny.