For many women, your milk supply is just fine. However, if you do need to increase your breast milk production, there are ways to do it.
New moms often worry that their bodies aren’t producing enough milk for their growing babies. While most women will produce enough milk, others may need a little helping hand. Increasing your milk supply can give you some relief and could mean you are able to build up a good store of breast milk for your baby for times when you aren’t home or just need a break. While eating to increase your milk supply isn’t an exact science some moms have said that there are certain foods (and beverages) that help increase milk supply.
Ditch beer and grab oats instead
There is an old wives tale that a glass of beer every other day can help increase your milk supply. While drinking beer regularly while breastfeeding could have some negative effects, eating the barley alone gives you all the benefits and none of the boozy cons.
- Barley is high in beta-glucan, which is said to increase prolactin and breastmilk production.
- Oats is more versatile than you think you can have it as a sweet or savoury meal. Bake it in muffins, cookies, or simply have it as breakfast porridge.
- Like barley, oats is rich in beta-glucan and is also rich in iron which is said to contribute to better breastmilk production
Add fenugreek into your diet
Fenugreek is not a hormone; it is a seed with a naturally occurring precursor to oestrogen, which many believe can increase milk production. Some believe that milk ducts are closely related to sweat glands and because fenugreek can stimulate sweat glands, it can do the same for milk ducts. Sprinkle a few seeds in vegetable casserole and add a pinch of ground fenugreek to cookie recipes.
Jungle Juice: Mix up your own power milk-maker
One of the most popular brews to help increase milk supply is jungle juice. There are a few reasons why jungle juice is such a popular remedy. The best has to be that many women have actually seen an increase in their milk supply almost immediately. Jungle juice isn’t a medication or drug and works by increasing the energy of a nursing mother making everything in her body works better, including milk production. The increased energy from the sweet concoction can be spread throughout the day.
- 1 litre apple juice
- 2 litre water
- 60 ml Schlehen Blackthorn Berry Elixir
- 1 sachet Rehidrat in blackcurrant (you can use any other flavour available, but taste-wise in this mix, that is the recommended flavour to use)
- 10 drops Rescue Remedy
Method: Have a container that can hold three litres of liquid and still have space to mix it up. Mix all ingredients – except for the Rescue Remedy, and store in the fridge. All 3 litres need to be consumed within a 24 hour period for it to be effective and taken at regular intervals throughout the day.
Top Tip: For every glass you drink, add 10 drops of rescue remedy.