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10 Natural Ingredients That Boost Breast Milk Production

From the moment a new mother looks at her child for the first time, everything changes. It is one magical moment in every mother's life that is cherished forever.

From that minute on, a mother does everything she can for the well-being of her infant.

Many women say that after the birth of their children, everything they do is a beautiful experience, including the act of breast-feeding.

Breast-feeding is one of the most remarkable phases after childbirth, as it is a main source of nourishment for the baby, and it also helps to create an ever-lasting bond between the mother and child.

Breast-feeding also comes with various benefits for both the mother and child. It helps the baby to have a stronger immune system, while it is known to help the new mother to lose pregnancy weight.

Breast-feeding can also soothe the baby and improve the baby's nervous system, while it is said to reduce the risk of breast cancer in the mothers.

As breast-feeding could be the only source of nutrition for the baby during the initial few months, it is important that the baby is getting enough milk to keep the baby satisfied and well nourished.

There are many natural ingredients that can be added to a mother's diet to boost a healthy production of breast milk.

Read on to find out more about some of the natural ingredients that help boost breast milk production effectively.


1. Oats

This is a common food that is available in most of the households, which is known to promote the production of healthy breast milk. Oats is rich in saponins, which stimulate the production of hormones that produce milk in a nursing mother.


2. Fenugreek

Commonly used in various dishes, fenugreek is another ingredient that boosts the production of breast milk in mothers. As it is rich in proteins, vitamin C and iron, fenugreek also nourishes both the mother and child effectively by aiding in the production of nutritious milk.


3. Alfalfa

The alfalfa leaf is a nutritious herb that is used as a natural remedy to treat many disorders. Also, alfalfa is known to stimulate the pituitary gland, which in turn boosts the production of breast milk. Alfalfa is also packed with various vitamins that keep both the mother and child healthy.


4. Garlic

Garlic is another common kitchen ingredient that is used in various home remedies. It also comes in handy for a nursing mother, as garlic is known to posses lactogenic properties that stimulate the nerves in the breasts to produce more milk.


5. Fennel Seeds

Fennel seed is also another natural ingredient that is known to be rich in phytoestrogens, which are responsible for the production of breast milk in a lactating mother. It is advisable to take it in minimum quantities.


6. Sesame Seeds

Sesame seeds are packed with calcium, which is another milk-boosting agent. The calcium and other vitamins present in sesame seeds stimulate the glands to produce more milk in the breasts.


7. Nuts

Nuts come packed with essential fatty acids and are also rich in amino acids. The combination of these two nutrients aids the neurotransmitters that are responsible for lactation to produce more milk. Almond is one of the most important nuts that helps in boosting the breast milk supply.


8. Milk

This is a rather obvious ingredient that helps in the production of more breast milk in a nursing mother. Milk is rich in calcium and proteins, so the consumption of milk by the mother on a daily basis keeps her healthy as well as supplies enough breast milk for her child.


9. Tea

Certain types of teas, made from organic ingredients like red raspberry leaves, fenugreek, marshmallow root, etc, are known to increase the production of breast milk in a nursing mother. There are also 'lactation teas' that are available in the market, which are made for this specific purpose.


10. Carrots

Carrots are rich in vitamin A and minerals, along with beta-carotene, which combine together to aid in boosting the breast milk supply. Adding carrots to your diet can also help you lose your post-baby weight, apart from improving your immune system.

Story first published: Wednesday, April 13, 2016, 13:30 [IST]
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