There are many moms who are unable to breastfeed their baby because of less breast milk. Traditionally post baby birth , a new mom is provided milk secretion friendly foods. In today’s post , I am going to share with you , the top 15 superfoods to increase lactation.They are known as ‘ galactogogues’ .
Garlic in the form of garlic rice , garlic chutney ,roasted garlic , garlic rasam, garlis sauteed in gingelly oil all help to stimulate breast milk production . If you have a colicky baby , please have it in moderation. Garlic helps in the smooth functioning of digestive system , curbs gas and fights against yeast infection or thrush
Fenugreek contains phytoestrogens , chemicals similar to estrogen . Diosgenin , a key compound in it has been proven to increase breast milk production. It can be taken in the form of dosas / tea / as it is gulped with water . It has been used for new moms since biblical times. Fenugreek seeds are rich in iron , calcium ,vitamins and minerals
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Milk helps to replenish the calcium lost through breastfeeding in a mother’s body , hydrates and helps in increasing breast milk as well.
4. Moringa Leaves
Moringa leaves / drumstick leaves are given in the form of stir fry/ curry is given to new moms in Kerala. It helps in improving breast milk production.
5. Brown Rice
Another superfood which can provide you with adequate milk supply
Oats are rich in fiber and also helps in milk production . Oats can be made a part of new mom’s diet everyday.
Rich in iron , spinach helps in boosting milk production as well.
Well my favourite ! Sardines and salmons can induce breast milk production in new moms. It can be taken in the form of curry/ fried with pepper powder/ grilled . Fish should be made a part of prenatal diet too as it is considered to be good for the brain development in infants.
9. Bottle gourd
Dudhi or bottle gourd helps too . All veggies from the gourd family are breast milk inducers. Bottle gourd can be taken in the form of curries , stir fries , halwa, kheer etc
Loads of water helps in hydration and boosting up milk production in a new moms’ body. Before and after every breastfeed , a mom should take a glass of fruit juice or water
Chickpeas in the form of a mild curry / hummus can be taken too. It has been used by nursing mothers since the ancient Egyptian times.
Almonds are a rich source of protein and vitamin E helps to in . A new mom can have 3-5 almonds soaked overnight
13. Gingelly oil & Ghee
In Kerala , the food for new moms are prepared in gingelly oil only . It is said to induce breast milk production in a new mother. Ghee provides the adequate nutrition and helps to strengthen the bones. It also acts as an inducer for breast milk .
14. Sesame seeds
Sesame seeds are high in calcium and helps a mom to nurse her child better . Can be taken in the form of ladoo/ chutney/ as it is with water
15. Dil seeds , ajwain / carrom seeds and fennel seeds are also milk secretion friendly foods.
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What did you have to induce breast milk post baby birth ?