Eat these 5 foods to produce more breast milk
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Eat these 5 foods to produce more breast milk

"Am I producing enough milk?" Breastfeeding mothers all over the world will be able to relate to this question. The worry that we will run "dry" and our baby will starve is constantly nagging us. Apart from healthy breastfeeding practices such as feeding frequently and pumping often, mums can eat certain foods to increase their milk supply. Yes, there are certain foods that are said to help the body produce more milk and they even have a fancy name--galactogogues. The effectiveness of galactogues can be increased when combined with frequent breastfeeding and/or pumping.OatmealNot a favorite of many people, but you'd be surprised to know that oatmeal can be made in a variety of delicious ways. For mums who love milk, the easiest and the quickest way to make oatmeal is to cook it in milk, with a bit of sugar for sweetness. Oatmeal cookies are a delightful snack option. Oatmeal can be mixed with wheat when making dough and cooked as rotis. Oatmeal idlis are also an option, albeit a slightly complicated one. If you are gluten intolerant, please exercise caution. It is better to check with your doctor before eating oatmeal.Oatmeal is a rich source of iron, which may be one of the reasons why it increases milk supply. Mothers with low iron are known to struggle with milk production.Fennel seeds (Saunf)Again, fennel is not for everyone. If you don't like the taste of saunf, skip to the next food. People commonly eat saunf after meals as a way to digest food. Did you know that it can help you increase your milk supply as well?Eating saunf also reduces gas in your breast fed baby. Saunf can eat consumed in the form of tea or it can be boiled in milk to extract its goodness. Certain curries taste great with the addition of saunf. Pakodas with saunf may not be an ideal option at this time since lactation consultants advise against deep-fried foods. Fenugreek seeds (Methi seeds)Some methi tea should come as a relaxing drink after a night of constant wakings! Methi seeds can be used to season curries. An age-old technique is to soak methi seeds overnight and drink the water. You can also sprout the seeds and eat them along with milk or fruit juice. If none of these ways appeal to you, you can try herbal capsules from a trusted brand. GarlicGarlic is perhaps the easiest food to incorporate in our everyday meals because we're already adding it to a variety of curries. If you don't like the taste of garlic, you can always take herbal capsules. CarrotsRaw carrots make for a satisfying, crunchy snack. In the process, you're boosting your milk supply as well. For juicing enthusiasts, carrot juice is a delicious drink to try every day. Carrots can also be boiled and eaten with a sprinkling of salt. Nothing healthier than that, I say! Carrots can also be incorporated in curries for an additional boost of vitamin A. Just be sure not to fry them too much since that causes the nutrients to get damaged. Although the efficacy and effectiveness of these foods in improving milk supply has not been proven in scientific research studies, many lactation consultants recommend them to new mums. After all, it cannot hurt to try something as basic and safe as eating certain foods, can it?

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