GOT MILK? Super Foods To Help Boost Your Breastmilk Supply

Got BreastMilk?
Did you know that there are many foods that you can eat that will actually boost your breastmilk supply? Based on my own challenges of low milk supply with my first child, I was determined not to make the same mistakes again. During my second pregnancy, I spent countless hours scouring the internet for information, tips, recipes, just about anything and everything dealing with breastfeeding. As a result, I created a “Super” food chart, which is a list of lactogenic foods to eat while breastfeeding.

How you cook the foods on the chart is up to you.  Try to have at least one or more lactogenic food at every meal to help boost your supply.
Try to locate and/or buy these ingredients before you deliver. Once the baby comes you will not have a minute to spare. Make sure you inform your mother, husband, helper, friend – where they can locate the specific items.
Don’t stress if you don’t have the time to cook or if you don’t feel like eating any food off the list. You can improvise! Buy ready made stuff, like granola with flaxseeds, drink a green shake, ovaltine or Zayden Cookingbarley water, eat instant oatmeal, etc. Just sprinkle some extra herbs on your food. Or just take a spoonful of some of the supplements and eat it plain (cumin seeds, black sesame seeds, brewers yeast, etc.).

Many new moms are eager to lose weight right after they deliver (myself included). Don’t try to diet, especially the first 6 weeks after you deliver. Dieting will really hurt your milk supply. Yes, you are probably still feel really fat, but you have been fat for 9 months now! Another few months won’t matter. Besides no one is looking at you anyways – all the attention is on your cute little baby. I am not telling you to junk, but rather make sure you eat enough healthy and nutritious foods to keep you full, and make sure you drink plenty of fluids.

Beer Can Help You Boost Your Milk SupplyThere are many lactogenic recipes out there. My personal favorite are “lactation cookies.” Basically you make cookies that include a bunch of the Super Lactating ingredients as a result you get a yummy snack and lots of milk. SuperMommy’s Super Lactating Cookie recipe will be posted in the weeks to come (so keep reading).

Extra “Super” Tip: Did you know that drinking beer actually helps you produce more breastmilk? Beer is made from hops and the darker the beer, the more lactogenic. It’s been a long 9 months- so have a few sips, (or the whole can) – you definitely deserve it.

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  • marissa taylor

    how to keep my supply up. I work 8 hours and pump twice and my little girl sleeps through the night and she is 8 months old. I work in the healthcare field and I have tried fenugreek and mothers milk tea and nothing helped

    • SuperMommy

      Hi! For starters you are doing great! 8 months of breastfeeding while working is no easy task. :) In addition to all the supplements I have listed, have you tried domperidone (brand name Motilium). Motilium is commonly used for gastric issues, but when taken in large doses results in an abundance of milk production (6 to 9 pills a day). Both my OB and pediatrician prescribed me Motilium when I had a low milk supply with Zayden. It really does work. Ask your doctor. Good luck. :-)