Best Foods To Increase Breast Milk Supply
New mommies in their early days of caring for a breastfed baby, the most stressful worry is whether she is producing enough breast milk or not. Every cry, hiccup, burp from the baby is a signal that baby is not well fed and is demanding more and more.
Below mentioned are few seeds and herbs which I know and have experienced to boost milk supply and build an adequate stash.
The first thing I tell all new mommies just starting out breastfeeding is to relax and trust your baby. Do they seem content after eating? Do they sleep well? Are they having plenty of wet diapers? If you have a YES to all the above questions then you are really doing great. If at any point of time, you suspect or worry that you have a low milk supply, there are ways to increase breast milk production quickly.
Read on to find out how to increase your milk supply fast!
- Fenugreek seeds:
Fenugreek seeds have been used for generations and across the world to increase breast milk production. It is rich in omega-3 fatty acids which will help in development of brain of baby.
How to take - Can be taken in rotis / puris. Soak them overnight and chew in the morning along with its water. You can also take it in powdered form. You can also put it in cooked vegetables. Fenugreek ladoos are also yumm in taste.
- Sesame seeds:
Sesame seeds are a great non-dairy source of calcium, which is extremely important for your baby’s growth. After delivery, even the mother needs calcium for effective and full recovery.
How to take - Can be put in rotis/puris/ ladoos or just roast it and have it after meals.
- Dill Seeds:
These seeds are so much rich in magnesium, iron, and calcium. It is an ideal addition to the diet of a breastfeeding mother which improves digestion as well.
How to take - Soak it in water and bring it to boil. Drink that water whole day. You can also roast it and take it after meals which will also help in digestion. One can put it in cooked vegetables as
- Garden cress seeds/ halim seeds/ avil seeds:
These tiny red-coloured seeds are a powerhouse of nutrients like iron, folate, fibre, vitamins C, A, and E, and protein. Since halim seeds are rich in protein and iron, and have potent galactogogue properties, they are extremely beneficial for lactating mothers.
How to take - You can soak it for 2 hours and put it in hot milk to drink. You can make its ladoos as well. Can be roasted along with other seeds and taken after meals.
Barley boosts lactation and keeps you hydrated.
How to take - You can have incorporate grains into salads or soak them in hot water overnight, and then consume the water the next day.