What foods can help increase your breastmilk

What foods can help increase your breastmilk

Make sure you are drinking enough water to boost lactation. It is always a good idea to keep a bottle of water close at hand while breast feeding as breast feeding can cause you to become thirsty.

Make sure you are getting plenty of rest and you are trying to stay relaxed.

Try adding these foods to your diet to increase your breast milk:

Oatmeal – you can spice up oatmeal by adding different fruits or blend in some cinnamon or honey. Not only are oats known to increase lactation and contain lots of iron but they also are packed with fiber, which gives you a boost in energy.

Garlic – You will see an improvement in your milk supply by adding garlic to your diet. Garlic is also known to thwart certain cancers. Garlic is low in calories and rich in vitamin C, vitamin B6 and manganese.

Eat plenty of vegetables – Spinach – Full of iron, spinach is a useful vegetable to add as a side dish to any dinner and may aid in seeing a rise in your milk supply. Both fennel and fennel seed may help to encourage milk production. Reddish vegetables, including beetscarrots and yams offer generous amounts of beta-carotene, as well as other key minerals for nursing mothers. Dark leafy greens, like collard greens, kale and beet leaves are rich in minerals, calcium and iron to support breastfeeding and encourage milk production.

Apricots – can help you produce more milk and are also a good source of calcium. You can even add them to your oatmeal in the morning for a double boost.

Sesame Seeds – (Tahini or Halva). Tahini is a condiment made from toasted ground hulled sesame. Tahini is served as a dip or a is a major component of hummus, baba ghanoush and halva which will also help increase your milk production.

How much breast milk a mother makes depends on efficient removal of milk from her breasts by a baby or a pump. The more milk that is taken from the breast, the more milk will be made in the breast to replace it. If breastfeeding is going well, this will generate the perfect volume of milk for your twins.

If you don’t think your baby is getting enough milk, you consult with your doctor.

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