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Promote lactation

Promote lactation through food therapy

Please take a look at previous posts on breastfeeding too and how to increase milk flow. But if you are experiencing lactation issues, make sure you are eating balanced meals. This is a combination containing protein sources from animals and plants, a variety of whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables and high quality fats.

Foods we especially like to consume in TICM we like lots of seaweed soups along with bone broth to replenish the body. These are eaten daily.

A galactagogue, or galactogogue, is a substance that promotes lactation in humans and other animals. It may be synthetic, plant derived, or endogenous. They may be used to treat low milk supply. Here are foods that promote lactation because they contain galactagogue.

Ginger: a natural galactagogue that improves breast milk volume. Take ginger powder tea or ginger extract daily.

Root vegetables such as yams, beets, carrots, sweet potatoes: rich in beta carotene and vitamin A, these foods are important in the production of breast milk as well as supplying iron and minerals.

Dark, leafy greens: support lactation through supplying the compound phytoestrogen. Think arugula, Swiss chard, kale and spinach.

Legumes: especially ones like lentils and chickpeas have been used for thousands of years to help new mothers.

Avocado: has all the omega fatty acids that help produce breast milk.

Sesame seeds: in TICM sesame seeds, both black and white are eaten regularly for the benefits they provide to the Kidney organ system. They also provide calcium.

Herbs: fenugreek, stinging nettle, fennel and garlic are all known for their ability to promote lactation.

Oats and congee: these super powered breakfast ideas do much more than heal the Stomach. They promote milk supply, lessen stress levels and activate Blood and Qi (energy) flow. Also, you can get creative with toppings, making them sweet or savoury, which can satisfy your taste buds.

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