10 Important food to increase milk supply

There is no doubt that breastfeeding is the best for your baby!  It contains all the nutrition that your baby needs in his first few months and will acquire the immunity which you have developed against certain illnesses through your milk. Furthermore, nursing a baby enhances the mutual bond between you and your little one. It is unforgettable experience and a precious moment in your life!

However, some mother’s milk supply is low, especially in the early stages of breastfeeding and most of new mothers are worried that are not producing enough milk for the baby. 

If you suspect you have low milk supply, it is important that you seek advice and support from a lactation consultant. The key to increasing your milk supply is frequent stimulation and emptying of the breasts, which often involves a combination of nursing and pumping as well as the intake of certain food that increases milk supply.

We’ve rounded up 10 important food that can increase your milk supply below and hope that this information will be useful for you. Enjoy your motherhood!

 

OATS

It is a gluten-free whole grain and a great source of important vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants.It contains fiber and is good for your digestion and a high source of iron.

Enjoy your oatmeal in the morning, you can mix it with fruits or ground flax seeds-a great start for the day! If you don’t like outmeal, you can have oat cookies with milk.

FENNEL SEEDS

Fennel seeds contain a good amount of dietary fiber that is essential for the body. Fennel juice is an extremely nutritional beverage or you can add them to your tea or boil a few seeds with milk and drink up.

It contains vitamin A, B, C, E, and a rich source of magnesium, iron, potassium, zinc and other important minerals which increases the production of hemoglobin in the body, reversing anaemia.

Fennel seeds also provides high levels antioxidants and has a calming effect on the intestine. After regular consumption of fennel seeds, mothers have reported 100% boost in milk production.

SALMON

Salmon is one of the best sources of the long-chain omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA that are are highly nutritious and essential for lactating mothers.

It is rich in high-quality protein, an excellent source of B vitamins, potassium,selenium and contains the antioxidant astaxanthin.

Consuming salmon frequently may reduce the risk of heart disease, can help fight inflammation, reduce depressive symptoms, decrease anxiety, slow age-related memory loss, help prevent cell damage and lose weight.

FENUGREEK SEEDS

Fenugreek seeds contains a wide variety of beneficial minerals and vitamins, such as iron, potassium, calcium, selenium, copper, magnesium, folic acid, , as well as vitamin B6, vitamin and C, protein, and dietary fiber.

Fenugreek helps breastfeeding women who may experience low milk supply. This benefit is attributed to the presence of diosgenin in it. Magnesium and vitamin content of fenugreek also help improve the milk’s quality to keep your infant healthy.

Other health benefits:

Improves Digestive Problems and Cholesterol Levels.

Reduces Inflammation Inside the Body.

Lowers Inflammation from Outside the Body.

Can help resolve hair problems

BASIL LEAVES

Basil leaves contain a wide range of essential oils, rich in phenolic compounds and a great source of anti-oxidants.

Basil leaves have a calming effect which is important while lactating and it boosts your little one’s immunity levels.

Other health benefits:

DNA protection

Anti Bacterial and Anti-Inflammatory Effects

Improve blood flow and help stop cholesterol from oxidizing in the blood stream.

Relieve Fever And Common Cold

Improve the immunity sytem

Reduce Stress And Depression (a cup of basil tea or chewing 12 basil leaves twice a day)

BARLEY

It is high-fiber and high-protein with numerous health benefits like decreasing the risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and overall mortality. Barley grass or barley water can help with increasing low milk supply and make the breast milk creamier and more nutrient rich.

SWEET POTATO

Sweet potato contains Vitamin C, vitamin A and B-complex, a muscle relaxant mineral that is magnesium and a great source of calcium and iron-perfect for breastfeeding mother!

PAPAYA

It is a super food that can boost the quantity and quality of your breast milk. Thus, papayais a must-have for lactating moms. It can boost the production of oxytocin, a hormone that helps in milk production.

Other important health benefits:

It can boost your immunity system (by eating it every day will keep infections, illnesses, cough and flu at bay).

It is a good source of potassium and can help balance the electrolyte levels, regulate your blood pressure, boost your energy, improve your heart health, and enhance the functioning of your muscles.

Promotes Healthy Bowel Movements and work wonders for your digestive system.

Can Help You With Post-Natal Weight Management.

Important: Consumption of Papaya may cause severe allergic reactions in sensitive people, so please remember to consult your doctor before adding papaya to your diet while breastfeeding. 

ASPARAGUS

It is a good source of fiber, vitamins A,C,E and K, chromium, folate and also contains tryptophan,an essential amino acid which may stimulate prolactin, the milk-making hormone.

Important: Some people can be allergic to eating asparagus while breastfeeding. If you are allergic to leeks or onions, chances are, you will be allergic to asparagus. it can produce intestinal gas that can cause discomfort and make you feel bloated.

WALNUTS & ALMONDS

Almonds are a rich source of healthy proteins and calcium, Omega-3 and Vitamin E which could effectively enhance the growth process of your baby. It also increases the creaminess, sweetness, and amount of the breast milk.

CHINESE HERBS

Mothers can take some herbs during the confinement period that can help to stimulate breast milk production and speed up speed up your recovery from childbirth. It will balance your body, improve blood circulation, dispel wind, detox and cleanse the toxins from the body.

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