reast milk is the first food for babies, naturally produced my mothers after giving birth. Many nursing moms however do not have enough to supply the needs of their little one because of various factors including, but not limited to:
2. Insufficient Rest and fatigue
4. Reduction of regular feedings due to painful nipples
5. Not being able to initial put the baby to nipples because of prematurity or illness
6. Hormonal Imbalance
7. Stress and depression
While a mother is still nursing or at least still producing some milk, there are a few things she can do to help increase her milk flow.
This is the most recommended herbal remedy to increase breast milk production and flow. It is also helpful in aiding the reduction of blood sugar levels in diabetics and to decrease cholesterol. Fenugreek can increase breast milk flow in as little as 24 to 48 hours. The recommended use for nursing mothers is two to three 500mg - 610mg capsules two to three times daily. The only known side-effect is the scent of maple syrup in the urine and sweat. NB: Fenugreek is used to give flavor to maple syrup used for pancakes.
Blessed thistle can be used in conjunction with fenugreek. This is also effective in aiding breast milk production even by itself. Blessed thistle can be found at many local health food stores or herbal shops and is quite affordable. This herbal supplement can be taken in capsule form or steeped as a tea (this is the preferred method due to its pleasant taste). It is recommended to drink the tea at least twice daily or take two capsules two times each day.
Anise is a common spice known for its pleasant taste and sweet smell. Often added to pastry or meat dishes, this herb adds a nice flavor to many dishes. You can get anise at most grocery retailers at the spice and herbs section. The powdered herb is the most common form and can be mixed as a tea by steeping 1 teaspoon in a cup of hot water for 3 to 5 minutes. Strain, sweeten and enjoy at least twice daily for breast milk production.
Coriander is another common spice that can be found at your local herbal or grocery store. Coriander can be used as seeds or powder (grounded seeds). A teaspoon steeped in hot water for 3 to 5 minutes, strained and sweetened can be used for lactation support.
This is a versatile herb used by mothers to increase breast milk production, cure infant colic, good for gas, cough and respiratory problems, birthing contractions, mensuration and increases female sex drive. Fennel is great tasting and sweet smelling- a lot like anise. Can be had in capsule form.
This herb is known to have great hormonal effects on the female body. It helps stimulate the production of breast milk, helps regulate menstrual flow, used for treating fibroid, gingivitis and more. This herb can be had as a capsule supplement or dried root or powder for making tea.
Brewer's yeast can be found mostly at your health food store. Be sure to purchase the inactive, nutritional grade yeast. Brewer's yeast is rich in amino acids, vitamins, minerals, protein and fiber. This will definitely improve the quality of your breast milk significantly. Brewer's yeast is available in capsule form, but the nutritional value is usually highly compromised. The natural dried yeast flakes are much better and higher in nutrients. You can enjoy three to six table spoons each day. Sprinkle on dairy foods like ice-cream, whipped topping, mix with hot chocolate. However you want to enjoy this rich product is up to you. Beware of gas if you over do it though.
Well, some women have reported breast milk increase when taking fish oil. Even if breast milk production is not increased by much, supplementing on fish oil will definitely increase the nutritional value of your breast milk. Fish oils are rich in Omega 3, 6, 9 fatty acids which are crucial in the development of brain cells and verve membranes in fetus, infant and young children The benefits of these fatty acids are priceless when it comes to the development of your kids.
Yes, good old oatmeal has been reported to help stimulate breast milk production. Its best to have oatmeal in its original whole grain form. Cook well and enjoy flavored with anise, vanilla or flavoring of your choice. Oatmeal is stacked with minerals, protein, starch, vitamins and fiber.
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