6 Best Foods To Increase Breast Milk Naturally At Home
The biggest worry that most breastfeeding moms have is if their baby is getting enough milk. If your baby is not gaining weight and if you are worried, you can see a lactation consultant who will assess if your milk supply is indeed low.
Though there is very limited research to prove that the following foods help increase breastmilk, they have been served for generations to breastfeeding mums and many mothers feel that these foods helped them.
Always remember to consume these foods in moderation and don’t take any herbal or natural supplements without consulting your doctor first.
1. Fennel Seeds
Both the plant and its seeds contain phytoestrogens, which have long been believed to help milk production. Fenugreek the herb is kind of a big deal for breastfeeding moms and has been used for centuries by women in India and parts of the Middle East. Just adding that extra bit into your dhal tadka or other Indian dishes should do the trick.
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Among its many curative properties, such as benefitting the immune system and preventing heart disease, garlic is said to help increase breastmilk supply.
3. Green Leafy Vegetables
Nursing women are recommended to eat one or two portions of green leafy vegetables daily. Besides increasing breastmilk supply they are loaded with vitamins, minerals and fiber.
4. Holy Basil / Tulsi
Many lactating moms are given tulsi tea. It increases breastmilk and is also known to have a calming effect. Breastfeeding in a comfortable position will be satisfying for both you and the baby.
5. Nuts & Dried Fruits
Almonds and cashews are believed to boost breastmilk production. High in vitamins and minerals, they provide energy and nutrients. They are very high in calories so it's best not to binge on them.
In many traditions, laddoos and halwa are made with nuts and dried fruits to help breastfeeding mums.
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Pulses, especially masoor dal, are believed to improve milk supply and are a source of protein and are high in iron and fiber.
Moms who breastfeed wonder if their child is receiving enough milk. If a mother feels that her baby isn't gaining enough weight, she can talk to her doctor, who can check if she is producing enough milk. Some mothers have found that eating certain foods can help increase breastmilk supply. Fennel seeds, garlic, green leafy vegetables, holy basil or tulsi, nuts and dried fruits and pulses are some of the foods that have been said to help. Having them as a part of your breastfeeding diet will help increase your milk supply. Before taking any herbal or natural supplements, you should also talk to your doctor.
Happy Breastfeeding Mamas :)
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