Confinement Menu – Lactogenic Foods
One of the biggest struggle mothers face when breastfeeding is ensuring that they produce enough milk. It is a constant battle thinking of the best foods to increase lactation because you want the best for your child. During the nursing period, mothers 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. To ensure a good supply of milk, it is recommended that mothers try to include a variety of lactogenic foods in their daily diet.
Tian Wei Signature recognizes the struggle mothers face. Which is why, they 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 contain natural nutrients that can boost your breast milk production. It is also the safest and most natural way to increase lactation for 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 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 production of milk.
Fenugreek is known to increase milk supply as quick as 24 hours after consumption. However results will vary depending on each individual’s body. It works by increasing prolactin levels in mothers’ bodies .which will in turn cause an increase in milk production. Tian Wei includes Fenugreek in their meals at least once a week to ensure that mothers receive adequate supply of lactogenic foods to help boot or maintain their milk production.
While certain super foods can aid in boosting your milk supply, it is also important to maintain a positive mind and emotional level during your breast feeding 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.
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