Something as natural as breast milk can be stimulated and maintained both in quality and quantity by lots of natural foods in a feeding mother’s diet. Here are few superfoods that improve breastmilk production.
Dill leaves known more colloquially as Shepu ( in marathi) or Suva ( in Hindi) is a very good lactogogue. In addition to its peculiar taste, it also helps in digestion.
Fenugreek is popularly known as Methi ( in Hindi), both its seeds and leaves are extremely useful to improve breastmilk production.
Spinach it is an excellent source of iron and hence, helps in correcting anemia. It should be boiled well before consumption, especially during the monsoons, to avoid any waterborne infections.
Fennel seeds also help in lactation, as they have oestrogenic properties.
Bottle gourd this vegetable helps to keep the lactating woman well hydrated.
Nuts are an excellent source of serotonin, which helps in increasing lactation.
Garlic this is one of the best foods to stimulate lactation. Apart from providing a new flavour to the diet, it is an excellent digestive. It also helps in Babies suffering from colic.
Water as nearly 70 % of breastmilk is composed of water, it’s important that a lactating woman keeps herself well hydrated. This is also true during a breastfeeding session when the mother feels extremely parched and thirsty.
A new mother can increase or decrease her breastmilk production to a certain extent by consuming or avoiding these foods, to perfectly maintain a balance with her baby’s food demands. Apart from these foods, one must remember that a suckling infant is the best stimulus for milk let down. Hence, the best way to breastfeed is to keep trying and be patient.
Authored by Dr Veena Aurangabadwala, Gynecologist, Zen Multispecialty Hospital, Chembur