How To Increase Breast milk Production Naturally

Lactogenic Foods: Breast milk Production Naturally

Also known as galactagogues, 
They contain  specific nutrients that support breast milk secretion.
The word lactogenic is a Latin word where ‘LAC’ means “milk,” and ‘GENIC’ means “producing.” Lactogenic foods are the foods that help to produce milk

Garlic can help you in breastfeeding

It is the most popular food to boost lactation in nursing mothers.
Garlic can help to boost the milk supply,
It can also affect the taste and smell of the breast milk. Hence, it must be consumed in moderation.

Barley boosts breast milk secretion

It is one of the richest dietary sources of beta-glucan. 
Beta-glucan is a polysaccharide that has been shown to increase prolactin hormone which is responsible for lactation.
Barley not only boosts lactation but also keeps the person hydrated.

Dark Green Leafy Vegetables  

It is a powerhouse of iron and calcium and are natural diuretics
They have plenty of vitamins and are considered to help enhance the production of breast milk. It helps the body retain less water and boosts milk production.

Adding legumes may increase breast milk

Legumes are a great source of protein for boosting the milk supply.
It contain Omega 3 fatty acids which transfers to breast milk after consumption and helps baby’s brain development.
 Nursing mothers are recommended to include at least two to three servings of protein-rich foods, like legumes, in their daily diet.

Nuts & Seeds​ help lactation

They contain healthy fats, calcium, protein and tryptophan which helps to stimulate the release of prolactin hormone. Nuts and seeds improve the quality of breast milk by increasing the healthy fat in the milk.

Foods to avoid while breastfeeding

There are some foods that decrease milk supply. 
If eaten in large amounts, some herbs and spices can reduce milk production.
By understanding what can interfere with your milk supply, you may be able to make a few changes to your daily routine, turn it around, and begin increasing your milk production once again. 

Excessive Amounts of   Herbs and Spices

Small amounts of any herb or spice should not cause an issue
When taken in large doses, however, some herbs can cause a decrease in your breast milk supply such as parsley, peppermint 
Avoid large doses of parsley, oregano, jasmine, and yarrow 
Parsley is actually a diuretic and can lead to dehydration. Since water makes up a large part of breastmilk, less water in your body can mean less milk.


 Alcohol not only decrease breast milk supply, but excess alcohol can affect your ability to tend to your child’s needs. 

Alcohol also passes into breast milk which can put your baby at risk for a development delay


Coffee, soda, tea, and chocolate are common sources of caffeine.
Caffeine can end up in your breast milk where babies have a hard time breaking down and getting rid of caffeine.
Large amounts of caffeine over time could accumulate in your baby’s system, causing irritability and trouble sleeping .

Medications can suppress lactation

Cold, sinus, and allergy medications contain a decongestant called pseudoephedrine, which can dry up your milk supply. 
Some forms of birth control contain estrogen, a hormone that can cause a decline in milk production,
It is necessary to tell your doctors that you’re breastfeeding before they prescribe any medication.

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