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Want to learn how to make yummy and healthy lactation shakes and smoothies that will help you build your breast milk supply while nourishing your body? If you’re looking to add some lactation recipes to your rotation, I’m going to give you some of the best ingredients to use in your lactation shakes.
Good for you, mama! Taking control of your breastfeeding diet is just plain smart and healthy too!
All you need is a blender, some fruits, a liquid of choice, and some other helpful ingredients to taste, you are well on your way to making your tummy super happy while improving your daily milk production supply.
Choosing the Right Ingredients for Your Lactation Shakes and Smoothies
There are some very nutritious ingredients that you can use to create your very own lactation shakes and smoothies.
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The ingredients I’m listing here have been included because they all serve a very specific purpose in increasing your breast milk supply.
Choose your favorites and combine them for some amazing lactation shakes and smoothies! Do it enough and soon you will have a long list of healthy breastfeeding smoothies and shakes.
Lactation shakes and smoothies are also healthy breastfeeding snacks as well as a meal go-to.
Here are the milk-boosting ingredients:
- Cow’s milk
- Vanilla almond milk
- Coconut water
- Coconut meat
- Acai berries
- Banana (sliced)
- Green apple
- Lemon (juiced, or peeled & deseeded)
- Peanut butter
- Macadamia nuts
- Brazil nuts
- Almond Butter
- Chia seeds
- Fennel bulb + fronds (shredded)
- Purple Cabbage
- Brewer’s yeast
- Soy protein powder
- Vanilla extract
- Cocoa powder
- Greek yogurt
- Protein powder (your choice of brand)
Awesome Lactation Shake and Smoothie Combos
If you need some inspiration for creating your very own lactation shakes and smoothies, here are some of the best breastfeeding food combos to help you out!
- Fennel, Spinach, Avocado, banana
- Peanut butter, banana, oatmeal
- Cucumber, Fennel, Grape
- Cocoa powder, Brewers yeast, oatmeal, flax, almond milk, almond butter, banana, stevia
- Milk, strawberries, banana, chia seeds, spinach, almond butter
- Pineapple, banana, spinach, blueberries, coconut water, vanilla almond milk, brewers yeast
You can also check this Ultimate Guide to Increasing Milk Supply to guide you on how to plan your meals!
Add Protein to Your Lactation Shakes and Smoothies
While there are definitely some amazing and healthy ingredients that create healthy lactation smoothies and shakes, there is one ingredient that often gets overlooked – protein!
The role of protein in a solid breastfeeding diet and lactation plan doesn’t get enough attention. Protein is an important part of postpartum healing, growth, and development for mom and baby.
Many moms I talk to don’t know about the enormous value of protein for lactation and milk supply. It really shouldn’t be overlooked! It is essential to eat enough protein not only for your milk supply but especially for your baby’s muscle development, the proper growth of their organs, and healthy hair, skin, and nails.
The human body does not produce its own protein, so it’s important that we make sure to consume enough each day.
Now, that doesn’t mean you need to add protein powder to every shake! You can choose another form of protein such as cow’s milk or almonds when making your powerhouse lactation shakes and smoothies. Including protein of some form in it will enhance your baby’s continued healthy development of organs, muscles, and other needs.
Always remember the goal of making these smoothies and shakes is to increase milk production.
Be very certain you are including some of the breastfeeding superfoods that will increase your milk supply and get flowing at a steady rate for the hungry baby you love and cherish. It doesn’t hurt that they taste delicious too!
Do you have a favorite lactation shake or smoothie recipe you can share with us? We’d love to hear it! Share it below in the comments!
For more tasty smoothie recipes, take a look at our smoothie page!
Check out this Ultimate Guide to Increasing Milk next!