Blessed with a child is every woman’s choice and desire. Its a great feeling that a woman can only tell. Nurtureing her child throughout her life becomes her utlimate aim. The first step of nurtreing is feeding her own milk. The biological process of the formation of milk of a woman is natural after the delivery.
But due to some reasons many women are unable to produce.
It can happen due to certain illnesses, nutritional deficiencies, change of hormones in the body, consumption of birth-control pills, improper latching position of the baby and infrequent breastfeeding due to cracked nipples or tension.
Diet holds important role for any kind of lacking which causes deficency or illness. We are here to list down the certain ways to improvise the production of milk and fill in nutrion in your baby.
Natural ways to increase milk supply when breastfeeding
1. Warm Compress
Sometimes, you just need to massage your breasts before nursing. Always clean your nipples before breastfeeding.
2. Cow’s Milk
Milk is rich in calcium, which is good for your infant’s bones. It can also increase the milk production of you. Add at least 2-3 glasses of cow milk daily.
3. Fenugreek Seeds (Methi)
Methi Seeds is considered one of the best methods to boost milk supply. Soak one tablespoon of fenugreek seeds in one cup of water overnight and consume In the morning.
4. Carom Seeds (Ajwain)
Carom seed is mainly used in India for lactating mothers. It is well-known herb for improving digestion, give quick relief from gas problem & constipation. Ajwain also helps to increase milk production in nursing mothers.
5. Almonds & other nuts
Nuts provide important nutrients to the body. Almonds are rich in Vitamin E & Omega 3 acid. Omega-3 helps to boost lactation hormones. Add Almonds & other nuts in your diet to boost breast milk production.
6. Fennel Seeds (Saunf)
Fennel herb acts as a galactogogue, a substance that helps the body to produce more breast milk. It also helps prevent colic pain in small babies.
Dried apricots have properties which balance out the hormone levels in your body. And boost breastmilk supply.
8. Cumin Seeds (Jeera)
Cumin seeds are also believed to stimulate milk production in a lactating mother. It provides iron that strengthens the mother.
9. Dates (khajoor)
Dates are the natural sweetener to maintain blood sugar level. It has some elements that helps breastfeeding moms.
10. Garlic (Lehsun)
Garlic is an excellent source of galactagogue, which helps to stimulate breast milk supply. Intake of 2 to 3 garlic cloves daily aids in breast milk production in new mothers.
11. Turmeric (Haldi)
Turmeric is popular for its anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral, antioxidant properties. You should consume 1/2 tbsp of haldi powder in warm milk.
12. Spinach (Palak)
Spinach is abundant in iron, which is required for nursing mothers. It also contains calcium and folic acid.
13. Ginger (Adrak)
Ginger promotes a healthy supply of breast milk for lactating moms. Consume ginger tea daily.
14. Basil Leaves (Tulsi)
According to Ayurveda, Basil Leaves is used to promote milk supply in a nursing mother. This herb can stimulate milk flow as well as help calm the nerves of new mothers. It also promotes the immune system of a new mother as well as a baby against diseases.
15. Sesame Seeds (Til)
Black Sesame seeds are a rich source of calcium and believed to increase milk supply. White & black both kinds of sesame seeds are good.
Oatmeal contains fiber in it which improves digestion. It is also considered as one of the healthiest diets. Oats should be add in diet for new moms.
17. Carrots (Gajar) & Beetroot
Carrots & beetroot both contain a good amount of beta-carotene, which is said to increase the supply of breast milk. Take a glass of carrot & beetroot juice daily.
18. Barley (Jau/Jav)
Barley is a great source of fiber, keeps breastfeeding moms hydrated and provides energy.
19. Brown Rice
Nursing moms should consume brown rice as it is high in dietary fiber. Brown rice has hormone stimulants which can boost lactation.
Drumstick is a nutritious green vegetable. It comes with high iron and calcium content. It helps to open up veins around the breast to improve circulation, resulting in increased breast milk.
Eggs are an excellent source of protein. It contains nutrients like vitamins A, B2, B12, omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, phosphorous and minerals. Intake of eggs will help you to meet baby’s demand for protein. Eggs improve breastmilk quantity as well as quality.
Salmon is a rich source of Essential Fatty acids, Omega-3 and Vitamin D which your baby needs for healthy brain development. It is a nutritious option for breastfeeding moms.
23. Lean Meats / Seafood
If you are a non-vegetarian, then Lean meats (i.e beef and pork), fish and seafood (salmon and tuna are good choices), poultry (chicken and turkey) are healthy choices to have for breastfeeding moms.
Note: Inadequate breast milk can put your baby at a high risk of malnutrition, a weak immune system, poor memory and many other health problems. So, it is important to take proper quick steps, if inadequate milk production.