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I’ve been nursing my third baby a year now. It’s such a blessing to have nursed three babies now with a healthy supply. Having a healthy supply is so important, and there are some foods I found that increase breast milk supply, which I had no idea. I knew these 5 foods will increase your supply and help you lose baby weight, but with further research, I found out there are more lactogenic foods out there we can count on to increase supply! this post contains affiliate links.
Here’s the list of 5 Foods You Didn’t Know Increase Breast Milk Supply
Green Papaya: This is first on the list because did you even know there is such thing as a green papaya? Well, it’s really just an unripe papaya. Apparently green papayas are popular in Asia as a breastfeeding food. I’m not sure how it tastes green because I haven’t tried it yet, but it’s on my list to attempt.
Alfalfa: I immediately think of horses because we fed our horses Alfalfa growing up, but that’s not the same. The Alfalfa that is a lactogenic food is from the pea family. It’s one of the oldest and most cultivated crops in history. It contains phyto-estrogens, which can help milk production. You can put it on sandwiches or salads in sprout form or drink a tea. It can enter the blood system and your milk, so if you do notice your baby getting gassy, reduce your intake a bit.
Coffee Substitutes: Okay this isn’t really a food, but apparently many of the coffee substitutes have chicory or dandelion, which are lactogenic herbs.
Poppy Seeds: This is a great one because its so easy to grab poppy seed muffins at any bakery. Poppy seeds help moms relax, which helps produce more milk. The poppy seeds have sedative effects, which is super important to allow your body to produce milk.
Bottle Gourd: This is a seasonal vegetable that is high in water content. It has a lot of nutrients like vitamin C, phosphorous, folate, iron and potassium, and helps keep you hydrated, which is essential to breast milk production.
Those are the five foods I had no idea could increase milk supply. If you are having trouble with your supply, see the tricks my sister and I used to increase our supply overnight.
I have a very specialized program for postpartum mamas looking to heal, nourish and regain their strength. I really struggled healing after my first child, and even went through pelvic floor physical therapy for weeks to manage scar tissue that developed from tearing. I have experience studying nutrition, physical therapy and I taught Pilates, so I’ve put together a program I wish I would’ve followed from the beginning.
A program that first heals your body through specialized movements and nourishing foods. Foods are so essential to your body finding the nutrients it needs to put itself back together again. Your postpartum body needs special care in the first 4-6 weeks where you focus on regaining strength and properly fueling your body for breastfeeding.
Here is what one mama emailed me on the program:
“I absolutely love the program! Just got finished with workout 4 and I’m dying I can only do these 2x thru and my second round is pretty funny to see I’m sure! I will work up to 3x:-) By the way, your little boy angel in the videos is too precious and makes me smile! My boys have been doing these with me as well🏼!
Here is what another mama posted in the Facebook Group:
“Feeling GREAT on this program!!! It’s unbelievable how eating clean makes such a difference. Let me rephrase that…it’s amazing the difference eating nutrient dense foods makes! My skin is glowing and I’m already shedding pounds! I also tried the first workout today and did well although I had to modify a bit and omit the backwards burpee (I had cesarean just over a month ago and don’t quite feel ready for that exercise just yet but I will get there). Loving this plan! Thank you SO MUCH for tour help! Currently eating pictures lunch while writing this ☺”
This program then moves you into gaining physical fitness back. I will never forget the first time I tried to go for a run around 12 weeks postpartum after my first baby. I didn’t do any strength work, so I was literally jelly. I had lost all my extra fat and my previous muscle. So depressing. I was barely able to start gaining it back before I got pregnant and sick again with my second. I’ve learned so much on maintaining muscle postpartum through a unique diet and Pilates routines. I walk you through all of this too!
Lastly, I take you into a workout program to combine with a meal plan to help you lose the baby weight, not your milk!! !
I created this program to be affordable and realistic for new mams!