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Breast milk production is so important because as a breastfeeding mama, that’s how your baby is surviving! We worry about the amount they are getting, the nutrients we are providing, and if we are producing enough to keep them full and happy. With my first baby, I researched everything on milk production, and I even started working on my milk supply before my baby arrived. I found so much information, as well as some products that actually work really well, I decided to write the ultimate guide to milk boosters. The one I wish I could’ve read when I was 9 months pregnant and obsessing about breastfeeding. I also WISH I would’ve found this gem of a resource! SO MUCH HELPFUL INFORMATION! I also stumbled upon this guide for pumping, if you are struggling like I did. I hated pumping, and I avoided it at all costs in the beginning.
These milk supply helpers are great for encouraging a rich milk because they offer your body a lot of nutrients. I am going to go over teas, cookies, protein powders, herbs and supplements to hopefully help you choose the best milk boosting helper for you. Make sure to read about my top 5 foods to help you increase your milk supply and lose the baby weight. It is super important to combine these helpers with the right foods for successful milk production.
Ultimately, I believe your diet and nutrients are the source to a healthy milk supply and rich milk. It all comes down to giving your body the building blocks it needs to do its job and feed your baby. That is why I created my postpartum recovery and weight loss program that is specifically designed for keeping your milk supply up, while losing the weight. The focus is all about nutrients, then healing your body, core and pelvic floor, and also working out again. A complete program that covers you with everything! Scroll to the bottom of this post to see the testimonials.
MOTHER’S MILK TEA:
This, by far, has been the biggest and cheapest helper for me. With each pregnancy, I started drinking this the last few weeks to help get the nutrients into my system, and boost my milk before the baby arrived. I actually don’t like the taste that much. It has a black licorice taste because of the fenugreek. All of my babies have been born in the fall, so the tea was a nice, warm drink in the mornings while we were in the Pacific Northwest. I used Stevia and Almond milk to cover the Fenugreek taste (if you really can’t stand the taste, try these supplements!). Fenugreek is one of the most popular lactogens out there, and it really worked well for me. Fenugreek seed has been used to increase milk production since biblical times. The herb contains phytoestrogens, which are plant chemicals similar to the female sex hormone estrogen, which is key to breast milk production. I have had good luck with it, so I have it first on your list of helpers to try! The other tea that I know some moms have had good luck with is the Pink Stork Liquid Gold. The Pink Stork company was founded my a mom of 5, so she really has experience with milk supply and breastfeeding. There’s also a lot more options in terms of flavors or loose leaf teas.
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These are hugely popular on Pinterest right now, and lots of mamas have various recipes they’ve created that are awesome. I have a full list of healthy treats for breastfeeding, but I also love something that’s packaged in the first few months with a new baby. Baking with a newborn isn’t too bad. They do sleep a lot, but I have three kids now, so I had a toddler and a baby, or two toddlers and a baby, so baking wasn’t on my priority list. I loved the packaged cookie options. The reason these cookies, and a few others are so great is because they are full of oatmeal, brewer’s yeast and flaxseed. That’s what you want to look for in a cookie recipe or mix. The Brewer’s Yeast if full of B vitamins, Iron and some protein, which is super important to help your body produce milk. Oatmeal and flaxseed both have iron and fiber, which adds to your overall iron consumption. I found that I liked a couple brands, that all seemed to have the same ingredient list. I usually ordered on Amazon one that was on sale, or sometimes Target has some in the nutrition section or baby aisle.
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I am a big fan of protein powder because I don’t like a lot of meat. I also talk a lot about my favorite, super clean protein powder that is really great for milk supply and losing the baby weight in this post. I can’t stress enough the importance of choosing a quality powder, and I go over all the details on what to look for in another post as well. For milk supply, my top choice is the Ora Organics. Its pure, no chemicals for you and baby, and FULL OF NUTRIENTS! Seriously, there’s broccoli, blueberry, kale, pomegranate, pea protein, super foods and more. I have some yummy protein-smoothie bowl recipes you have to save for later too. There are some other great protein powders and supplements out there in addition to my favorite. I have a complete list and run down of ingredients for fitness-focused mamas, and here are some that are purely milk-producing focused. The UpSpring Milkflow is a really good one. It tastes great, and you are getting the addition of blessed thistle. It’s been proven that Blessed Thistle combined with the Fenugreek helps produce more milk. You can grab a chocolate powder, or some other powder mixes in berry or citrus flavors, as well as a chai tea latte flavor, which I haven’t tried yet, but sounds good! I also want to make sure I mention the Booby Booster protein powder because this protein powder is unique to my first choice because it has Brewer’s Yeast already in it. It’s made with Oat protein, sweetened with Stevia, and also free of chemicals. This is another option I think is amazing, though I don’t have personal experience with it, like I do the Ideal Raw. But, if you have great success with Brewer’s Yeast in lactation cookies, this would be the perfect protein powder for you!
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There’s more to supplements than powders. You can also take a supplement in pill-form, which sometimes is just the easiest way to go. Tea is my preferred method, but this is a great option for mamas who just want to take something, and maybe the drinks, protein powders, or cookies just aren’t what you want to do, or you are super careful about what you eat, or maybe you have some allergies. So, just go for the pure stuff. The PureMom breastfeeding supplement has a 100% money-back guarantee. I like this idea because if it doesn’t work, you aren’t stuck. This company is my top choice for supplements while breastfeeding because they are organic, made in the USA and free of fillers.
HERBAL LACTATION SUPPLEMENTS:
In addition to pill-form supplements, you can also find liquid herbal supplements. I am not experienced with this form of supplement, but I want to make sure you know that it exists. This would be perfect for those mamas with experience, and a preference for drops. I have taken chlorophyll in drop form as a way to increase iron while pregnant. I loved this because it came in mint-flavor, and I just added it to some water to drink. It was easy and refreshing. Taking herbal supplements such as the MotherLove More Milk Blend, which contains Fenugreek Seed, Blessed Thistle Herb, Nettle Leaf and Fennel Seed could be an easier way for you than tea or pills.
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I have personally found that protein powder and tea helped me produce plenty of milk, as well as a rich and nutrient-dense supply. My babies have always gained weight immediately, losing none after the first week of birth (which is totally normal!!), and continued to be on the healthy, chunky side. I equate this to my nutrition while pregnant, and my tea and protein consumption. Protein is super important both while pregnant and breastfeeding, which I will have post up on soon! It helps limit weight gain while pregnant, as well as lose weight after baby arrives, in addition to feeding your muscles and your growing baby!
If you have any suggestions or products you love that helped your breastfeeding journey, please don’t leave anyone out! Let us know in the comments, so hopefully it could help someone else!
So many mamas are having such success with the program, and let me share what they’ve said:
“I’m on the 14 day clean eating part and already feel a change. I love that your program caters to nursing moms. These recipes are boosting my milk supply! Thanks again and can’t wait to use the new app!”
“As far as counting calories, yes that was so helpful!… it was an eye opener…But your concept of reducing ever so slightly and monitoring milk supply was so helpful! I have lost 6lbs-yay!- and have 12 more to go! I am encouraged for sure because it is usually not until I’m done nursing that I’m able to lose weight. So I’m all in for hopefully the rest of my life-on clean eating like this and exercise! Thanks so much for your help!!”
“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!”
“The few changes I’ve made to diet per your instructions is already helping lower my sweet cravings. I’m sure I’ll notice an even bigger difference when I get stricter. This week has been great as I feel better, have already lost 2#, and haven’t seen a drop in milk supply which was my biggest concern. I look forward to starting the workouts tonight!”
“The baby steps have been super helpful including writing down everything I ate…Another 5 days would be amazing, I was thinking yesterday what am I going to do after the 5 days are finished. You have been incredibly helpful!! I am so appreciative!!!”
My program focuses on specialized nutrition for breastfeeding moms, recipes, meal plans, grocery lists, a new Ab Rehab + Pelvic Floor Restore program, and a new section on going back to work after baby coming soon!
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