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Almost everyone experiences a drop in milk supply at some point during breastfeeding. This can be due to schedule changes, hormonal changes or many other reasons. Here are some natural way to increase your milk supply. Make sure to speak to your doctor or lactation consultant as well!
What to Eat and Drink to Increase your Milk Supply
This is truly the most important thing. If you’re not staying well hydrated, you can’t make enough milk. I personally drank 128 ounces of water per day when I was breastfeeding my infants. Make sure to check out my tips on how to drink more water!
Fenugreek is a supplement that has mixed results. It really works for some moms and not so much for others. Fenugreek also has the strange side effect of making you smell like maple syrup! Make sure to talk to your doctor before using it.
Oats are a great milk boosting food!
This pumpkin spice oatmeal is the perfect breakfast idea!
Fennel has been shown to increase milk supply. You can take it as a supplement or try including more in your cooking. It makes a great addition to lots of Italian foods, sausages and pizza.
Almonds are a great choice because they are packed protein and calcium. Raw almonds and most other nuts are a great snack for nursing moms. Almond milk is another way to sneak more almonds into your diet on cereal or in smoothies!
Garlic may help boost milk supply. If you’re a garlic lover, it’s not hard to add this to what you already cook.
Recipes to Boost your Milk Supply
Because new moms need an excuse to have cookies, lactation cookies are very popular! There are commercially available mixes or you can make your own! You’ll find that most lactation cookie recipes contain Brewer’s Yeast to give your milk supply an extra boost!
My no bake lactation cookies are easy to make and also gluten free!
Looking for something you can bake in your oven?
These Lactation Cookies from Midget Mama are made with oats and chocolate chips! And, The Best Ideas for Kids has a lactation cookie recipe that includes raisins!
Smoothies are another popular way to eat some of these lactation power foods. You can use almond or oat milk for an extra boost to your milk supply.
One of my favorite lactation smoothies use 2 cups of oat milk, a banana, a mango and a cup of blueberries.
Oatmeal is such a great breakfast to keep your milk supply strong, and there are so many ways to mix it up!
I’d love to hear what helped you boost your milk supply! Tell me in the comments!