***I’m so excited to partnering with Happy Mango as we prepare to celebrate National Breastfeeding Awareness Month!!!***
I can’t believe that it’s been almost 2 years since I weaned abc and that I’m about to start breastfeeding again for my final time! I was one of those mama’s that had a freezer full of milk after I’d left the corporate world and started keeping abc home with me. One of the most common questions that I got was how I produced so much milk. Spoiler alert: This was new to me too but I’d done so much research before having abc that I was beyond ready!!! So now I’m sharing with the masses the foods that help the breastfeeding mama.
4 Foods To Help The Breastfeeding Mama
I know, this seems obvious but your water intake has a HUGE impact on the amount of milk that you produce. More water, more milk. If you’re one of those people that don’t LOVE water, infuse it with some delicious fruit to make it more tasty. The most important thing is to keep your water accessible. Have a refillable bottle in the places that you pump or nurse, by your bed, in your purse, in the car, everywhere. This is crucial.
I remember having oatmeal every.single.morning when I was nursing abc. I didn’t even grow up liking oatmeal! But with mini I barely produced enough milk and my breastfriends were over here producing 15oz in one pump session so I was working hard to keep up. Steer clear of the pre-made oatmeal packets that are super high in sugar. Instead, make your own bags with oatmeal, brown sugar, nuts, and a dried fruit. It’s much better for you! Matter of fact, add some almonds and apricots (rich in prolactin which tells your body to make more milk) to your oatmeal since both of these have been linked with boosting your milk supply too!
Not only is this fatty fish really good for you, but it’s also good for the brain development of your baby. Salmon is packed with protein and DHA. But be careful where you get your salmon from–all fish aren’t raised equally! Do your research on farm raised versus wild and make the decision that works best for you. My favorite way to eat salmon is in the croquette form. Can we say yum.e?
Ok, so really any green, leafy vegetable is really great while breastfeeding. They are rich in calcium to keep both you and your baby’s bones strong. I love a warm spinach salad topped with dates (also high in prolactin), walnuts, and a little Pear Gorgonzola dressing.
What tips do you have?