Well, first of all, congratulations on becoming a new mommy! Motherhood is just something that one has to experience. I know there are a lot of hardships too, but in the end it’s totally worth it! The most important thing at this point in time is feeding you baby correct. But for that, you have to be lactating right and your health and food have to be taken care of properly. So here are some foods that increase breast milk. Take a look and maybe you can try a few at home.
Foods that Increase Breast Milk
- Fenugreek Seeds
- Bottle Guard
- Moringa Leaves
Oatmeal is considered to be an easy to make meal. It is rich in fiber and loaded with lots of energy. It also helps in producing milk. Oats is known to control any occurrence of diabetes that may come after pregnancy. You might as well consider adding one meal of oats a day. If you don’t like oats, you can have it in a cookie form. At the end of the day, you just got to have oats, how you have it is up to you!
Garlic is known to be one of the best foods as it has the chemical compounds that help nursing mothers produce more milk. It prevents all kinds of cancer. It also has good digestive enzymes which help prevent gas and helps fight against yeast infections. You can add a few cloves to your soup, or saute a few of them in gingelly oil or have it with other veggies. This is sure to help you out, but try it out in moderation in the beginning.
Spinach is rich in iron and also helps in breast milk production. This is very helpful for recouping anemic mothers and it contains detoxifying agents which will make your baby strong. It also contains plant chemicals that help to prevent breast cancer. But be sure to have this in moderation as too much can cause diarrhea in your baby. You can have it as a midday soup or add it to Indian breads like parantha or chapati.
These fenugreek seeds have been used for nursing mothers for a very long time. It contains phytoestrogens, which are similar to that of estrogens. It also contains a compound called Diosgenin, which is known to help in producing more breast milk. You can swallow a few with water or milk in the mornings or use it in your cooking.
Cow milk is very essential and it should be included in your everyday diet. This is rich in calcium and not only helps in producing more milk but also replenishes your calcium. It also contains EFA which promotes lactation. Add milk during your cooking whenever necessary and make sure to have about 2-3 glasses of milk every day.
It is important to keep yourself hydrated, because when you are nursing your baby, it is very likely that your body can lose its fluid content. Water or fruit juices also help to increase the volume of breast milk. Make it a practice to drink as much water as you can or consume any kind of fruit juice before and after you nurse your baby. Have a bottle of water next to you, when you sit down as it is very likely that you will start to feel thirsty after a few minutes.
Not most of us prefer this vegetable, but unfortunately, the ones that we don’t like are the ones that are high in nutrition! It is rich in water content, which will keep you hydrated. All the vegetables in the bottle guard family are known for inducing breast milk and it also helps in the digestion process. You can take it as a juice or you can make a sweet pudding or include it in a vegetable stir. Remember to take it fresh and do not take stored ones.
Drumstick Leaves(Moringa Leaves)
Drumstick leaves are normally good for health because it is rich in iron and is filled with a lot of calcium. Iron is essential for nursing mothers. It is known to increase breast milk. It improves your immunity system and boosts your nervous system. You can steam it with some flavoring or have it with some vegetable fillings. You can also make a gravy or have it as a soup. Make sure to add it to your food routine at least 2-3 times a week.
Carrots also have the same properties as that of spinach and it helps in increasing breast milk. It is rich in Vitamin A and not only helps in the quantity but also in the quality. It is good for your baby, because of its richness in vitamins and minerals. You can either have carrots raw or you can make it as a puree and have it as a soup. It is good mostly during the winters, where you can have it with some warm milk and sugar.
This is also one of the oldest ingredients that have been used for nursing mothers. It is rich in protein and promotes lactation in mothers. It is also loaded with calcium and it is rich in fibre, B complex and Vitamins. You can have it as a protein snack by garnishing it with some garlic and a dash of lime. You can soak it in water for the whole night and mix it with some vegetables and have it as a salad.
Happy babies make happy mommies! But it very important to take care of your health first, without which, you cannot provide for your darling little one. These are easy home remedies that you can try out and they are very cost effective too! So let’s see those little feet busy kicking the air and those little fingers grabbing anything that they can. And the most important of all is that beautiful broad smile on your face that just keeps your baby going!
Wishing you a Happy Motherhood!