World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) is celebrated in the first week of the month from 1st to 7th August. It’s a global campaign to protect, promote and support breastfeeding across different levels of society. This year’s theme is “Step Up for Breastfeeding.”
Despite understanding the numerous benefits and importance of breastfeeding, breastfeeding can be a challenging task for both the baby and the new mum. It is even challenging if you have low milk supply.
There are various factors that can cause low milk supply, however if your problem is related to your diet and you’re wondering how to quickly increase your supply – we have a fix for you. Here are some spices to include in your diet to improve breast milk production compiled from various sources specially for you – simply take charge of your diet, mummies!
1. Fenugreek Seeds
Did you know fenugreek seeds have been used for generations and across the world to increase breast milk production? It is rich in omega-3 fatty acids which are important for your baby’s brain development.
You can also use fenugreek leaves, as they are rich in nutrients like beta-carotene, Vitamin B, calcium, and iron. Fenugreek seeds can be added to tea while brewing it or can be used in the preparation of savoury dishes.
2. Fennel Seeds
Fennel is a well-known herbal galactagogue (a substance that helps in increasing breastmilk supply) and has been used to increase the supply of milk in nursing women for centuries. You can soak a teaspoon of fennel seeds in a glass of water overnight and drink it in the morning or brew it in your tea.
3. Cumin Seeds
Cumin seeds are packed with iron, which is an essential mineral for nursing mothers. Cumin seeds also aid in digestion, stimulate bowel movements and provide relief against gastric problems.
4. Sesame Seeds
Sesame seeds are high in calcium and estrogen-like plant properties. You can eat sesame seeds alone, as an ingredient in the recipes you prepare, as a topping for salads, or in a trail mix combined with other seeds, nuts, and dried fruit.
5. Dill Seeds
Dill Seeds (Anethum Graveolens) are rich in magnesium, iron, and calcium, making it an ideal addition to the diet of a breastfeeding mother while helping digestion. It is popular in nursing teas.
These spices are known for increasing breast milk supply. However, if you feel that home remedies are not helping you improve lactation, and your baby is not getting enough feed, especially if he/she remains cranky and cries even after latching well and spending enough time at your breasts – get help from a lactation expert.