Food for Your Boobs: Boost Your Milk Supply with Lactogenic Foods

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I have good news. 

Actually it's better than good — it's great news.

Cookies help boost your milk production!  

Not just any cookie though (but you probably figured that) — cookies like these chocolate almond no bake lactation cookies or these chocolate chip oatmeal lactation cookies. Unlike standard cookies, these gems are packed with oats, flax seed, nut butter, oats, and brewer's yeast.  But what makes these ingredients so special? They are all lactogenics. 

Staying hydrated is especially important for nursing mothers. The Mayo Clinic suggests that nursing mothers should avoid dehydration by following standard hydration guidelines like drinking before you feel thirsty, and keeping the color of your urine in check.

Lactogenic foods are milk-making gems that help support lactation. Kelly Mom said it well, when they stated that milk production is a “use it or lose it” matter — as long as your baby is nursing, your milk production is likely to sustain. But what if a mother needs a little boost — isn't it amazing that good food can help increase milk supply, too? Like these ones:

Oatmeal. Chick peas. Nuts. Spinach. Carrots. Dried apricots. Avocados. Brown rice. Green papaya. Leafy greens.

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That list covers a handful of lactogenic goodness, and as you can see, this handful is pretty common; which is almost as good news as the cookies, because a lot of recipes include several ingredients so one meal can be full of milk-making deliciousness, like this amazing recipe for Chicken Coconut Kurma

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You can start your day with a tasty treat, like the homemade granola added to these yogurt parfaits

Take a look at it and try it out. With turmeric, yogurt, cashews, and coconut milk, you've got tons of flavors from an assortment of lactogenics! You can, of course choose to omit certain things that may not agree with your baby — like the cayenne; or you can switch the raisins for pieces of dried apricot. It's totally up to you.

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Food for Your Boobs: Boost Your Milk Supply with Lactogenic Foods

Melanie Denney lives in the smallest of towns, with her two little darlings. She has a Bachelor's degree and happily works as a full-time mother and a freelance writer, specializing in sociology and recreation leadership. ... More

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4 comments

  1. Adah says:

    I always prefer natural and herbal remedies especially being a mom. So, when I was low on breast milk supply, I was also using natural things to boost my supply and Healthy nursing tea was the one which helped me a lot that is totally herbal and organic.

  2. Ashley says:

    I was addicted to spinach, and was eating oatmeal every morning. I did notice I used to have such a high supply! Now I have slacked a bit on my diet (bad idea, but I was gestational diabetic, so I just want to eat all the foods I couldn’t have!). Since then, my supply has dropped some. I am only pumping 3-4 ounces after feedings, sometimes less. I need to get back on my diet, and work on building up my stash again! Plus, it’s good for both baby and myself (and will help get back in shape too!)

  3. Grace says:

    Agree, so glad I found this article now, my babies and I only once ever not struggled with supply, so far though baby is not nursing often but happy

  4. cassie says:

    Im so glad I stumbled on this post! With my first child I was like a milk factory, but with my second, it was just during feeding times and I hardly had extra to pump but Ii managed to breastfeed her a whole year and a month or so. With this pregnancy, I want to have extra on hand and if I can eat natural foods without having to consider supplements, I’m all for it. Thank you.

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