Cutting back on food when breastfeeding is highly discouraged as it could affect your milk supply. In this post, we will focus on 8 super foods known to boost milk production. It is worth noting that the most effective way to boost milk production is through direct breastfeeding.
Here are 8 foods to try for a better breast milk supply:
The aromatic seeds of these herbs are commonly used for their curry flavour. To boost breast milk supply, make a brew of these seeds. This is prepared by boiling a pot of water and adding two tablespoons of fenugreek. Leave them to boil for 15 minutes. Take a cup of this mixture every day until your supply increases. Alternatively, you can purchase fenugreek tablets from nearby pharmacies and consume as instructed.
Besides increasing your breast milk production, these seeds are effective in clearing the digestive system and fighting colic. To prepare, add a spoonful of the aromatic seed to boiling water and leave it to steep for 10 minutes. To sweet you drink, add some honey.
Fennel tea is available in sachet packets in major retail stores. Add the fennel teabag in a cup of hot water in leave it for about 5 minutes before drinking. You can also combine these seed with hot barley water to boost breast milk supply and neutralizing after pains.
Hops are recommended for expectant mothers carrying twins. This is an old remedy known to work best when taken before bed. Besides promoting better sleep, hops are also effective in stimulating breast milk supply. This can be purchased in loose tea or sachets.
For ages, beer has been said to help in boosting breast milk supply. However, this is highly discouraged, especially for pregnant mothers. The brewer’s yeast present in the beer is entirely responsible for the increase in breast milk supply. You can purchase this yeast in powder form from a pharmacy as use as prescribed.
Raspberries are rich in mineral content, thus effective in replenishing those lost while nursing your baby. These leaves have not side effects and are recommended for breastfeeding mothers. To prepare this, steep the leaves in boiling water for about 4 hours.
This remedy can be used in dried or powder form. You should consider visiting a doctor before making alfalfa part of your diet. Caution should be taken when using this remedy as it should always be used in small quantities and never when you are several weeks from your due date as it could severely affect your breast milk supply.
Foods such as potatoes, asparagus, carrots, and tomatoes are great sources of carotene and effective in boosting breast milk supply. Do not shy from loading up on lots of them. The well cooked they are, the more carotenes they will release. For example, tomato sauce has about 2000 times more carotenes that a fresh tomato.