All mothers at some time or other worry if they are producing enough milk for the baby’s needs. This is one of the most common reasons of weaning the baby early. Some women may not produce enough milk. Since consumption of breast milk cannot be measured like that of formula, it is easy to be worried. Babies do not always consume the same amount of milk every day, nor do they nurse at regular intervals always. If on some days the baby may nurse more than on other days, it does not always mean that she is not getting enough milk. She may just be hungrier because of a growth spurt, and if so, the mother’s body adjusts to increase lactation.
Drinking a lot of fluid is essential for breastfeeding mothers to avoid getting dehydrated. There are some supplements that may help increase the supply. However, since anything that the mother takes can pass to the infant through the breastmilk, it is essential to consult the doctors before taking any such supplements.
Below are some such foods that are believed to help with breastmilk production. They should be taken in moderation and only after consulting with your physician.
Fenugreek seeds have been used for generations around the world to increase breastmilk supply. Fenugreek seeds are a source of healthy vitamins that are good for lactating mothers. Omega-3 fats are important for your baby’s brain development. Fenugreek leaves are rich in beta-carotene, B vitamins, iron and calcium.
Fennel seeds are another traditional source consumed for increasing milk supply. Fennel seeds are also supposed to help with gas and bloating and this effect is thought to help baby as well.
Garlic is said to support the immune system and prevent heart disease and it is also said to help increase breastmilk supply.
Green leafy vegetables
Along with being an excellent source of iron, calcium, folate and other vitamins and minerals, green leafy vegetables are also believed to enhance lactation.
There are many more traditional everyday food that is believed to increase breast milk supply such as gourd, oats, pulses, nuts and dried fruits, dill seeds, sesame seeds and holy basil.
Although there is not much of scientific research which proves the effectiveness of these foods in increasing breast milk they have been used for many centuries and are thought to be effective. As with everything, moderation is the key and no food should be taken in excess at this time and for any concerns the physician to be consulted without delay.