Home Remedies To Improve Breast Milk Supply
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The first food of baby is the mother's milk. It is the right source of nutrition for the baby and that too in the perfect proportion. Also the antibacterial nature of breast milk helps the baby in fighting various infections thereby improving the immunity.
Along with a number of health benefits of breast milk to the baby, breast feeding also has various health benefits to the mother including keeping the weight in check, reducing the chances of ovarian and breast cancer.
But due to various reasons sometimes the supply of milk is less or not adequate.
For this a number of home remedies can be used to increase the breast milk supply. Some of the things from your kitchen can also be easily used for increasing the flow. Following are the remedies:
You can prepare this by adding 1-2 table spoon of fenugreek seeds to 2 cups of water. Boil this till the quantity of water reduces to half. Consume this tea 2-3 times a day. Apart from this you can also consume fenugreek capsules and add fenugreek seeds to your daily food items.
These can also be used to increase breast milk supply. Boil 1-2 tablespoon of fennel seeds in 2 cups of water. Drink this tea 2-3 times in a day. Also you can add fennel seeds to your daily food items. You can also chew fennel seeds anytime you like especially after having food. This will also aid in easy digestion of food and prevent constipation especially after delivery.
Cumin seeds have been used since ages to increase breast milk supply. For this you can add cumin seeds in sufficient quantities to all your food items. Or you can also have cumin tea. You may also boil cumin seeds in milk and consume it during night. One can also chew a spoon full of cumin seeds along with a little sugar and drink warm water thereafter.
Oatmeal helps in increasing breast milk supply to a great extent. For this you can prepare oatmeal porridge with milk and have it as your breakfast or you can also bake some oatmeal cookies to increase breast milk supply.
Almonds are also known for increasing breast milk supply. For this you can easily consume a hand full of almonds anytime when you like as a snack. This will also improve your internal strength after delivery and help in repairing the body tissues. Also this will help in building baby's immunity.
Green leafy vegetables
These are known to boost milk supply. You can feed on spinach in cooked form. This is an abundant source of iron which helps in keeping away anemia. Other than this you may consume fenugreek leaves in cooked form.
Turmeric has been used since ages as a Galactagogues. It helps in increasing breast milk supply. You can add turmeric powder to your milk. Drink this warm at night. Apart from increasing breast milk supply this also provides a number of health benefits especially after delivery.
Beetroot and carrots
You can consume the juice of carrots and beetroot daily for an improved supply. Also they are a rich source of various nutrients which improves the nutrient quality of breast milk.
You can consume tulsi tea prepared by adding a few tulsi teas to a cup of water and boiling it. This can be consumed frequently. It also aids in improving breast milk supply.
Apart from the above mentioned remedies you need to put in a lot of efforts if you really want to breast feed your baby. Nurse often. This is the key to more supply. The more you feed the more you produce. Feed from both of your breasts so that a constant supply is maintained. You may also use a breast pump for an improved supply. This can be used in between your feeding sessions to empty the breasts so that you can produce again. Apart from this a healthy and a well nutritious diet is must.
Garima is a full time mommy to a 10 months old baby boy. She is into a full time job of bringing up her baby. She enjoys writing blogs and other articles. She loves cooking in her spare time. Apart from this, she is deeply committed to making her entire journey of Motherhood a memorable and an enjoyable one.
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