Ever since our birth the most pure, affectionate and fulfilling meal that one has is their mother’s milk. Manier times it happens that mothers are not able to produce enough milk for their little ones. So through scientific studies there are some findings which suggest food stuffs which help boost the milk production in the breastfeeding mothers.
Galactogogues are synthetic or plant molecules used to induce, maintain and increase milk production. A galactagogue, also known as a lactation inducer or milk booster, is a substance that promotes lactation in humans and other animals
Galactagogues won't replace lactation advice or regular nursing. The best diet for a breastfeeding mother is a balanced diet rich with fresh fruits and veggies.
If you are having difficulty producing milk, your doctor can recommend a lactation consultant. Your body will only produce as much as it needs. If you often skip feedings, you can count on having low, sporadic supply. This is also true if you feed only a little or don't pump when you bottle feed.
Garlic has long been held to increase breast milk supply. This member of the onion family is a jack of all trades. It contributes to hair and heart health, cold and flu symptoms, and a myriad of other ailments.
Stinging Nettle includes iron, calcium, and vitamins A, C, K, and several B vitamins. It is used to treat inflammation, enlarged prostate, and high blood pressure.
You can take Nettle as a tea, in a soup, or as a tablet. Nettle can cause an overabundance of milk to be produced if taken right after childbirth. This can cause pain and discomfort.
Nettle can cause mild stomach upset. It should never be taken while pregnant as miscarriages can occur. Talk to your doctor to determine if Stinging Nettle is okay to add to your diet.
Fenugreek is probably the most popular of the galactagogue family. This herb native to India has been helping mommies all over the world feed their babies.
Ginger has been used for centuries as a remedy to various ailments. It relieves symptoms related to the cold and flu, poor digestion, and nausea. If you used this for morning sickness during pregnancy, use it again to boost your milk production.
Ginger is a tasty addition to soups, salads, smoothies, and meals.
Raw nuts such as almonds and cashews are high in protein, fatty acids, and amino acids. While they can promote the healthy production of milk, they also keep mom's calories up. When you eat well, it is easier for your lactation glands to produce at the highest quality output.
Almonds are a common addition to lactation snacks.
Oats are full of anti-inflammatory, antibiotic saponins. These support the immune system and the lactation hormones, improving your flow. Some people swear by oatmeal, while others have no luck. Try it for yourself and be sure to measure and record your outcome for later comparison.
Your body will respond most readily to a holistic approach.
Try these methods in addition to your diet for best results: Gently squeeze the breast as your baby is drinking
Try more frequent feedings to encourage a stronger supply Find the best feeding position for your baby
Use skin to skin contact as much as possible to promote oxytocin and lactation hormones
Avoid tight tops and bras
Don't get discouraged if have difficulty finding a solution. You are doing what's best for your baby's long-term health.
What works for you may not work for others. Likewise, some things may have better results than others. If you are pumping, keep a detailed log of the amounts. This will give you a clear view of what works and what doesn't.
Galactogogues are great ways to increase your flow of milk. You can have them dried, cooked, as teas, or dietary supplements. Supplements are a great way to get the nutrient-dense herbs and minerals. Many herbs were used as medicine around the globe and still are. This means they can have both positive and negative side effects
This article is written and submitted to The E Today by Shrushti Mehta.
We thank her for her research and analysis and hope to see the awareness about health and nutrition being spread ahead to larger mass of our citizens.