5 Lactation-Boosting Recipes for Breastfeeding Moms

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Breastfeeding is a magical experience that forms a lasting bond between mother and child. Unfortunately, many new mamas struggle with lactation when it comes to breastfeeding their little ones. The little one you shared your body with for the last 9 months is now in your arms, and as before, you are the source of their life.

It’s okay if the immense love you’re feeling right now is mixed with a bit of uncertainty. Bringing a child into the world is a pretty big deal, but you also may be concerned about whether you can produce the amount of nourishment they’ll need to thrive and grow.

However, this is a common concern that a lot of mothers have. To help you feel more at ease about nursing, we’ve put together some lactation-friendly recipes, foods, and general advice so that you can take your mind off of your milk supply and live in the moment with your precious little gift.

Lactation Boosting Foods (Galactagogues)

Galactagogue is a fancy name for substances that naturally increase breast milk production. Galactagogues come in various foods and herbs, and anyone can easily use them in lactation-boosting recipes. As a matter of fact, you probably already consume them regularly and don’t know it.

Lactation-friendly foods:

– Pumpkin
– Oats or Oatmeal
– Brown rice
– Chickpeas or garbanzo beans
– Lean proteins
– Electrolight rich beverages (such as coconut water)
– Healthy fats like eggs and avocados
– Herbs like turmeric and fenugreek
– Dark green leafy vegetables
– Moringa leaf

Lactation Boosting-Recipes for Breastfeeding Moms:

Lactation-friendly Pumpkin Chai Latte

Usually, when we think of pumpkins, we think of autumn. But you can enjoy this warm, delightful treat and stimulate milk production any time of the year.
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Directions:

– Bring ½ cup water to a gentle boil in a small saucepan.
– After removing the water from heat, add the teabag.
– Let the tea bag steep for a few minutes, depending on how strong you like your tea.
– Next, add the pumpkin purée, almond milk, vanilla, pumpkin spice blend, and salt to the saucepan.
– Whisk in the cornstarch. Pour the mixture into a blender and blend until the ingredients are creamy. (1-2 minutes)
– After the mixture is blended, pour it back into the saucepan.
– Warm the mixture on low heat to your liking.
– Finally, top with totally optional whipped cream and star of anise or cinnamon stick.

Stimulating Southwest Vegetarian Bake

Think brown rice is bland? Well, this recipe begs to differ. This savory south of the border dish includes more than one lactation boosting ingredient. Plus, the whole family will love it!
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Directions:

– Bring water to a boil, and then add the rice.
– Cover the pot, reduce the heat and simmer, for 35-40 minutes until tender. – Preheat oven to 350°
– Layer beans, corn, tomatoes, cheddar cheese, and rice in a large bowl.
– Then, mix in the salsa, sour cream (optional), and pepper.
– After mixing food, transfer it to a baking dish coated with cooking spray.
– Add in the onion and olives.
– Bake, uncovered, 30 minutes until everything is heated all the way through and the cheese is melted.
– Let stand 10 minutes before serving and enjoy.

Mediterranean Chickpea Salad

This colorful Mediterranean-style salad could give breastfeeding moms the boost in lactation they need while helping them get back to their pre-pregnancy shape!
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Directions: Toss ingredients together in a bowl and drizzle with vinegarette dressing.
Enjoy!

Spinach Salad with Salmon and Lactation-Boosting Dressing

In reality, dark leafy greens should be a staple in every breastfeeding mom’s diet. However, this recipe takes greens and mixes them nicely with other nutrient-rich powerhouses like salmon and sweet potatoes. Then couples them with a lactation-friendly dressing.
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Directions:

Combine ingredients in a bowl and toss with dressing. Enjoy!

Moringa Leaf Morning Smoothie

This spicy little plant may be lesser known to the masses, but it lacks nothing in the ‘good for you’ department. Moringa leaf is packed with vitamin C, calcium, potassium, iron, amino acids, protein, and antioxidants. Not to mention, it’s a natural galactagogue! You can find it in powder form at your local health food store.
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Directions:

Put the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy!

The Best Defense is a Good Offense

Diet is undeniably the most important part of sustaining your milk supply. But outside of diet, you can do some other proactive things to make sure your milk supply is strong and steady.

– Nurse or pump frequently
– Reduce stress
– Get plenty of rest (sleep when baby sleep if possible)
– Take hot showers

Benefits of Breastfeeding for Baby

There is no denying that breastfeeding can be emotionally draining, physically exhausting, and mentally taxing. However, it is one of the best things a healthy mother can do for her newborn child. Whenever you’re feeling overwhelmed, remember that you’re doing the best you can for yourself and your baby.
Here are just a few of the benefits of breastfeeding:

– Vital nutrients and antibodies are transferred to the baby during nursing
– Builds strong immunity against common childhood illnesses such as ear infections, asthma, childhood obesity
– Builds immunity against more common illnesses such as colds and the flu
– Lowers the risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death) or Crib Death

Benefits of Breastfeeding for You:

– Reduced risk of heart disease, breast cancer, ovarian cancer, and type 2 diabetes
– Breastfeeding helps you lose baby weight
– It’s convenient (no waking up to make bottles at 3 a.m.)
– Breastfeeding is free!

Word of advice

It’s always best to speak with your care provider before starting or stopping any routine. The professionals at MidWife 360 can help devise a plan that is right for you, your body, and your baby. Contact us today for more information.

The Best Pregnancy Podcasts of 2021

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Having a baby of your very own can be a very exciting experience. However, that excitement may come with a certain level of stress and worry as well. Whether you’re on your first child or your fourth child, there are many online resources to help you through your journey.  Pregnancy Podcasts are easily accessible and appeal to a very wide demographic of parents. There is an endless range of topics, so no matter what you’re looking for there is a pregnancy podcast for you. It can be helpful to hear information and advice from someone who has been in your shoes.

There is a lot of stress and uncertainty surrounding pregnancy and parenthood, but the right pregnancy podcast could help to lighten the load. Plus, the convenience factor of a podcast can’t be beaten. You can easily turn on a podcast while you’re cooking dinner, running errands, or curled up in bed. Whether you prefer to hear real-life stories from families or factual advice from medical professionals, there’s a pregnancy podcast fit for you.

How to Choose the Best Pregnancy Podcasts For You

There are tons of pregnancy podcasts out there that cover a wide range of topics. Therefore, choosing the right one is very important. Searching for specific topics, styles of parenting, and lifestyles will help you choose. Here, we have preselected a few of our favorite pregnancy podcasts that may be beneficial for you.

Best Pregnancy Podcast for Breastfeeding

The Boob Group: Judgment-Free Breastfeeding Support

This pregnancy podcast has over a hundred episodes offering information and support for breastfeeding mothers. It features stories from women who share their personal breastfeeding triumphs and tribulations. The podcast also discusses the impact of society on breastfeeding, which relates to breastfeeding in public and pumping at work.

Listen to The Boob Group: Judgment-Free Breastfeeding Support.

Best Pregnancy Podcast for Gay Parents

 

Rose and Rosie: Parental Guidance 

Comedic duo, Rose and Rosie, launched their podcast back in 2020 as a way of documenting their journey of same-sex parenthood. They discuss various parenting and gender debates, the highs and lows that come with trying to conceive, and eventually, their success with pregnancy. You can follow their journey to parenthood by checking out their podcast below.

Listen to Rose and Rosie: Parental Guidance

Best Pregnancy Podcast for First-Time Parents

 

Pregnancy Podcast‬

A resource to support expecting moms and their partners. Host Vanessa Merten brings listeners evidence-based information to help them navigate the awesome adventures of pregnancy, birth, and becoming a new parent. With 300 episodes and counting, Pregnancy Podcast is your​ evidence-based resource to help you make informed decisions about your pregnancy and your baby.

Listen to Pregnancy Podcast

Best Podcast About Home Births

 

Doing It At Home: Our Home Birth Podcast

A weekly podcast about home birth and one couple’s decision to go from a traditional hospital birth to a natural birth at home with midwives. This show is all about adding an empowered conversation to the topic of home birth and natural birth, while keeping it real and fun.

Listen to Doing It At Home: Our Home Birth Podcast

All in all, there are many online resourses for pregnant women and their families. Pregnancy podcasts are a great option for those wanting to hear real stories and advice from experienced mommies and experts. If you have more questions about family planning, pregnancy, or overall women’s care, contact Midwife360 today.