Thursday, 7 February 2013

Foods that may increase breastmilk production

Foods that aid in breast milk production
It is recommended that you eat well as a nursing mother. Try to eat a balanced diet consisting of a good serving protein, good fats, good carbs, lots of vitamins and minerals. Eat mostly natural, unprocessed foods and avoid foods with MSG and excess preservatives.

Good food choices that can help with your breast milk supply are:

1. OATMEAL - You can have this as a porridge or by itself as a treat with raisins or cream. Oatmeal is quite tasty but can be addictive - especially if you are iron anemic.

2. CEREALS - Now is a great time to indulge in healthy brand cereals. There are many on the market. Choose whole-wheat and whole-grain cereals and check for the nutritional values of the servings.

3. FISH -  Fish are a good source of DHA fatty acid which will improve the nutritional value of your milk and DHA is also good for your baby's nerves and brain. Great fish to include are Sardines, Mackerel, Salmon, Tuna and most other oily fish like Turbot and Doctor fish. It is however recommended by the FDA that the allowance of fish per week for nursing and pregnant women should not exceed 12 to 16 ounces. This is due to the high levels of mercury absorbed by some fish. High levels or mercury can be harmful to a fetus or infant.

4. DAIRY PRODUCTS - Dairy products are rich in vitamins A, D, E, Protein, Fats Sugars and Minerals. You can opt to have low fat or reduced fat dairy products which contain less saturated fat and cholesterol. Cheeses, milk, cream and whipped toppings, yoghurt and ice-cream can be enjoyed as dairy servings. Beware of high sugar levels in ice-cream and whipped toppings.

5. NUTS - These are highly nutritious foods rich in protein, fats, carbs and minerals. Nuts like almond, peanut, pistachio, walnut, pecan contain important antioxidants and Omega 3 fatty acids.

6. LEGUMES - This include all beans and peas. Legumes that are green or dark are richer in important minerals like iron. They are also an important source of fiber, protein, vitamins, minerals and active enzymes.
7. SEEDS -  Seeds are like nuts and legumes, rich in protein, fats, vitamins and minerals including trace minerals and enzymes. Some seeds like sesame, pumpkin, flax and sunflower are rich in zinc and omega-3 fatty acids that aid in brain development of fetus, infants and older children.

8.  EGGS - Eggs are an essential ingredients in many meals and is a healthy addition to a nursing mom's diet. Eggs are not only high in protein and minerals, but have a high content of Vitamins A, D and E too.

9. LEAFY GREEN VEGETABLES - These vegetables are rich in iron and other minerals, vitamins A, C and K.

10. WHOLE-WHEAT & WHOLE-GRAIN - Whole-wheat and whole grain breads, four and pastries are richer in nutrients and fiber than refined white flour products. 

11. FRUITS - Fruits are rich in vitamins, minerals, enzymes, antioxidants and good carbohydrates.

12. LACTATION SUPPORT TEAS - Lactation blend herbal teas can be had as well as teas made of lemon grass, anise, fenugreek, fennel and coriander. These herbs help stimulate breast milk production. They are all safe while breastfeeding and you can mix and match at your choice. Fenugreek is bitter, but lemon grass and anise are pleasant tasting.


Kevin Thompson said...

Hi.. I have gone through your post. It is really a vital thing to know how to produce more breast milk from the baby feeding mothers so that the baby will have a correct growth. It is very important to take care of the mothers nutrition as you have discussed above. I just want to add a new thing that if the mothers will be fed unique and delicious desserts and also cookies like Chubby Babies Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Lactation Cookie Mix then it will be more helpful for pregnant and breastfeeding women to produce more milk for their new born babies and also both mother, child will be healthy...
Hope you will provide us more new stuffs about this and suggest new ideas to my reply...