By now, you might have heard that there are foods that boost milk supply when breastfeeding but then you ask, do they actually work? Before we talk about whether or not they work, make sure that your position and latch are good and that you are not stressing about whether you have enough milk and if your baby will get enough. Also ensure to breastfeed and express as often as possible to keep the milk supply up. When all is said and done, these are the foods you can incorporate in your diet to boost your milk supply when breastfeeding.
Many cultures across the world have for a long time relied on foods and herbs for ample milk supply. Chances are also high that you have heard another mother saying how much her milk supply shot up when she started taking chapatis or incorporating oatmeal in her breakfast. The bottom line is to keep hydrating, take your supplements and maintain a balanced diet.
These seeds are often touted as potential galactagogues. They contain estrogen-like components that stimulate milk production. When women who were breastfeeding took three glasses of fenugreek tea per day, they produced more milk as compared to those that did not. Be, however, careful with fenugreek as some mothers have reported that it made their children gassy. Check with your pediatrician to see if fenugreek is safe for your child.
Oatmeal can be taken in milk shakes, in a bowl with warm milk or an oat-filled lactation cookie. Breastfeeding mothers have for a long time relied on oatmeal to keep their milk supply up. The whole grain is a source of iron and it is know that low levels of iron can inhibit milk supply.
- Fennel seeds
This is another traditional milk booster. They are crunchy and loco-riced flavoured seeds and are commonly found in lactation cookies and teas. Just like Fenugreek, fennel seeds have estrogen like compounds that are believed to increase milk supply. Studies have shown that the consumption of fennel seeds leads to increase in milk production and infant weight gain.
- Lean meat and poultry
Lean beef, fish and poultry are all sources of iron. Getting enough iron nutrients helps to boost the supply of milk when breastfeeding.
All in all, every woman is different and what might work for one might not necessarily work for another. Some mothers have sworn by garlic and even though it may not lead to increased milk production in some women, does it hurt to make you food with one or two cloves to make it savoury?
Be sure to check out an article on what to avoid when breastfeeding and let us know how you increased your milk supply even as we continue to celebrate #WorldBreastfeedingWeek