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One of the biggest struggle mothers faces when breastfeeding is ensuring that they produce enough milk. It is a constant worry and battle to think of the best foods that increase milk production, simply because you want the best for your child.
During the nursing period, you must be extra attentive towards the food and nutrition consumed in order to maintain her supply of milk. It is said that what you eat will directly affect your supply of milk. In this sense, it is highly recommended that you try to include a variety of lactogenic foods to increase milk supply.
At Tian Wei Signature, we recognise the struggle mothers face in ensuring proper milk supply. We make it a priority to ensure that every meal catered to customers always include dishes or ingredients that can help to boost lactation.
Lactogenic foods refer to foods that contain natural nutrients that can boost your breast milk production. Consuming these milk-boosting foods is one of the safest and most natural ways to increase lactation for nursing mothers.
However, mothers should also be cautioned that the consumption of certain lactogenic foods/herbs may cause babies to become colicky. It is always advisable to speak to a qualified nutritionist or medical practitioner for more in-depth advice.
If you are already breastfeeding, have you yourself considered eating more lactogenic foods to boost your milk production? Or are you already incorporating them in your daily meals?
If your breast milk supply has been slowing down, here are a number of foods and ingredients included in Tian Wei’s confinement menu, designed to aid mothers in boosting lactation :
Grains like millet and barley are loaded with fiber and aids digestion. It is also loaded with energy to keep you going through the day. Tian Wei Signature switches between different grains for every meal so that mothers get to enjoy a variety of taste other than plain white rice, while still maintaining the required daily intake of grains to boost lactation.
Salmon is a good source of Omega-3 and Essential Fatty Acids needed by our bodies. Apart from that, the high content of Omega-3 and Essential Fatty Acids can also boost lactation for mothers who are breastfeeding.
Spinach contains calcium, vitamin K, A, iron and folic acid. Folic acid is especially important for pregnant or breastfeeding women as it helps your body to make new cells and synthesize DNA. It is also said to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. Experts recommend a daily dose of 400mcg, though you may wish to consult your medical practitioner for further advice.
Garlic is known worldwide for its medicinal properties. Studies have shown that babies like the flavour of garlic and nursed more often when mothers consumed garlic or garlic supplements before nursing. The increased breast stimulation induces milk flow and thus increases the supply of milk.
Beans like sweet pea and French beans are full of nutrients and minerals. They contain phytoestrogens which are supplements that can increase milk supply. Vegetables are also a great source of iron and calcium which can positively increase milk supply.
Asparagus are high in folic acid, fiber, Vitamins A, C, and K, and contain phytoestrogens which are the main nutrients breastfeeding mothers need to maintain or boost their milk supply. Asparagus also contain tryptophan, an essential amino acid that encourages the production of milk.
At this point, you probably know that you can also refer to this blog to find the best vegetables for confinement as well, so #confinementhacks! Get those all-in-one benefits with just a few greens!
Fenugreek is known to increase milk supply as quick as within a day after consumption. However, of course, results will vary depending on each individual’s body.
In case you wonder how it will help, fenugreek works by increasing prolactin levels in mothers’ bodies, which are the hormones that boost the stimulation of breast milk. This, in turn, will cause an increase in milk production.
We include fenugreek in our meals at least once a week to ensure that mothers receive an adequate supply of lactogenic foods to help boost or maintain their milk production.
While certain superfoods can aid in boosting your milk supply, it is also important to maintain a positive mind and emotional level during your breastfeeding period. Your breast milk supply does not solely depend on the food you consume but also your daily habits. Always ensure that your body receives enough food, rest and relaxation as stress can also inhibit milk production.
At Tian Wei Signature, we make sure that your foods are prepared with various lactogenic ingredients that can help in boosting your milk supply. With our very own in-house dietitian, our foods are specially formulated to ensure that your milk production is maintained and increased to ease your lactation journey.