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Super Food For Feeding Mothers

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Ghee - Improves digestion, nourishes tissue, strengthens the immune system, Oatmeal - Increases milk production, Pomegranate - blood purifier, rich in antioxidants and a symbol of fertility, Ginger - stops uterine bleeding and increases immunity, Garlic - increases milk supply and detoxifies the body after birth, Raspberry leaf - phosphorous and vitamins.

Breast feeding is a natural phenomenon which has numerous benefits. Ayurveda has always maintained that breast feeding is the best method to bond and share love. A baby’s natural instinct toward its mother is through the smell of breast milk. Having a steady flow of breast milk is crucial if you are opting to breast feed your baby.

The diet for new mothers should be based on the body constitution (prakruti); sometimes, pregnancy may alter one’s specific predominant dosha. A well-versed practitioner will guide you to make suggested modifications and bring balance among all doshas.

Traditional Foods That Aid In Increasing Breast Milk Production

What foods should a mother eat while breast-feeding? Some of the best and healthy food for feeding mothers are listed below.

[Read: Benefits of Breast Feeding]

Ghee (Clarified Butter)

Breast feeding moms should consume adequate amounts of ghee in order to improve digestion and ensure smooth bowel movements. Ghee nourishes tissues (dhatus) and reduces vata dosha, which is prominent in the postpartum stage. Ghee (unlike other oils) is rich in butyric acid, a short-chain fatty acid. Beneficial intestinal bacteria convert fiber into butyric acidand use that for intestinal wall support.

Ghee stimulates the secretion of gastric acid, thus aiding in better digestion, which is very important in breast feeding mothers. It also increases vitamin absorbency and helps in weight loss. The fats in ghee aid in the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins and minerals from other foods, strengthening the immune system.

Ghee does not contain harmful hydrogenated oils, artificial additives, preservatives, or trans-fats. Ayurvedic physicians have been using ghee enemas for centuries to decrease inflammation. Ghee is considered one of the most sattvic foods because it promotes positivity, growth, and expansion of consciousness.

Oatmeal Or Dalia (Broken Wheat)

This is a good option for increasing quantity of breast milk. In North India, dalia is cooked until tender and eaten to increase milk production. In other countries, eating a bowl of good old traditional oatmeal also increases breast milk. You can cook oatmeal or dalia in almond milk (recipe: soak 10-15 almonds in water overnight, peel, and grind with milk or water), or add it to fresh-cooked oatmeal; then top it off with a spoonful of raw honey, cardamom, and saffron. Choosing nuts as a healthy protein source can provide needed protein and calories for nursing mothers.

Pomegranate

For women with kapha dosha and pitta dosha, adding pomegranate juice helps increase the production of breast milk. However, pomegranate is not advised for women who have vata as their predominant dosha. Pomegranate is a nutrient dense, antioxidant-rich fruit that has been revered as a symbol of health, fertility, and eternal life. It also is a great blood purifier.

Ginger

Ginger is the postpartum woman’s best friend. It increases immunity; has anti-fungal, anti-bacterial properties; and has a warming quality that warms energy channels and stops uterine bleeding. New mothers are served plenty of ginger in their meals during the first month after giving birth. Ginger is great for dispelling stomach gas and reducing bloating. Its flavor is aromatic and spicy, and its pungent quality clears microcirculatory channels to facilitate better absorption of nutrients, also helping in elimination of waste. Ginger has the effect of supporting the free flow of energy and promoting both blood circulation and mild sweating. It also functions as a blood cleanser; therefore, if you have mild gastroenteritis (mild intestinal inflammation), a ginger, honey, and lemon tea concoction serves the best.

Garlic

Is one of the best herb to increase your milk supply. Garlic has many natural properties and uses for the postpartum woman; it is wise to use it generously. It maintains heat in the body, supports digestion and lactation, is grounding and helps increase immunity, and is healing for joints and other vata doshas. Cooked, garlic helps detoxify the body after birth. Add it to rice dishes, stews, soups, and bread, or better still, have it raw, first thing in the morning. Some new mothers boil about 6 to 7 garlic cloves in 1 cup milk and drink it for instant relief from gas for both mother and baby.

Raspberry Leaf

Astringent and tonic, raspberry leaf strengthens, tones, and relaxes the uterus and entire pelvic area. The leaves contain fragarine, an alkaloid that gives strength to uterine muscles, toning and nourishing the whole body. It is the famous herb of pregnancy and great to use before, during, and after birth. It also contains vitamins A, C, E, and B complex and easily assimilated calcium and iron, as well as phosphorus and potassium, among other minerals.

Fenugreek Or Methi

Fenugreek is the oldest herbal remedy for increasing breast milk. A regular kitchen herb, the seeds and leaves both are used generously in a nursing mother’s diet. It is an excellent galactagogue (herb that improves breast milk secretion). Fenugreek also has several medicinal qualities and is used to treat fever, joint pains, and intestinal and respiratory ailments. In India, lactating mothers compulsorily consume fenugreek seeds and leaves, adding them to savory dishes to stimulate their milk supply. Fenugreek helps to alleviate common digestive troubles like flatulence and can be dried, powdered, and added to tea or soups.

Asparagus Racemosus Or Shatavari Kalp

This wonder herb for lactating mothers helps to improve the quantity and quality of breast milk. It is rich in B complex vitamins, zinc, and calcium, all of which work wonderfully to provide strength to the new mother. A couple of tablespoons of this powder should be added to hot milk and had twice a day.

 [Read: Breastfeeding helps shed weight]

Most importantly, an optimum dose of good sleep and a calm state of mind shall surely ensure that new motherhood becomes a joyful journey to embark upon. 

Vinaya Saunders

Vinaya is an RYT-500 and passionate yogini. Her teaching is a rounded balance of guided meditation techniques, pranayama for overall emotional and physical development, and Ayurveda. Greatly inspired by Bhramakumaris raja yoga and Yogananda's kriya yoga, Vinaya uses the benefits of these teachings to encourage stability in handling life's situations and helping others find ultimate health and transformation in their lives.

Vinaya Saunders

Vinaya is an RYT-500 and passionate yogini. Her teaching is a rounded balance of guided meditation techniques, pranayama for overall emotional and physical development, and Ayurveda. Greatly inspired by Bhramakumaris raja yoga and Yogananda's kriya yoga, Vinaya uses the benefits of these teachings to encourage stability in handling life's situations and helping others find ultimate health and transformation in their lives.

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Linda Davaz
Linda Davaz 5pts

Love this info for young mothers. Breast feed your babies and provide the protection they need from birth. The antibiotics and nutrition they receive from Mom can't be replaced by ANY other source.

Stephanie Brown
Stephanie Brown 5pts

No one listed seaweed soup. In Korea we used that to bring breast milk in full force.

Madhava Rao Deshmuk
Madhava Rao Deshmuk 5pts

The Breasts Whereas the breasts are located far from the other female reproductive organs, they are considered accessory organs of the female reproductive system. The function of the breasts is to supply milk to an infant in a process called lactation. The external features of the breast include a nipple surrounded by a pigmented areola (Figure), whose coloration may deepen during pregnancy. The areola is typically circular and can vary in size from 25 to 100 mm in diameter. The areolar region is characterized by small, raised areolar glands that secrete lubricating fluid during lactation to protect the nipple from chafing. When a baby nurses, or draws milk from the breast, the entire areolar region is taken into the mouth. Breast milk is produced by the mammary glands, which are modified sweat glands. The milk itself exits the breast through the nipple via 15 to 20 lactiferous ducts that open on the surface of the nipple. These lactiferous ducts each extend to a lactiferous sinus that connects to a glandular lobe within the breast itself that contains groups of milk-secreting cells in clusters called alveoli (see Figure). The clusters can change in size depending on the amount of milk in the alveolar lumen. Once milk is made in the alveoli, stimulated myoepithelial cells that surround the alveoli contract to push the milk to the lactiferous sinuses. From here, the baby can draw milk through the lactiferous ducts by suckling. The lobes themselves are surrounded by fat tissue, which determines the size of the breast; breast size differs between individuals and does not affect the amount of milk produced. Supporting the breasts are multiple bands of connective tissue called suspensory ligaments that connect the breast tissue to the dermis of the overlying skin.

Sindhya Kumar
Sindhya Kumar 5pts

Rebeca Jordon Lipscombe this might interest you!

Stevie Hill
Stevie Hill 5pts

I'll put my boobs out there to feed my baby, people don't like it? Oh look over there what's that, oh it's the other direction in which your offended ass can look.

Lee Yee Yern
Lee Yee Yern 5pts

Of course la, for your son's health n responsibility as a mum \U0001f618

Krisstle Ganison
Krisstle Ganison 5pts

Heeee thx for being so supportive! Means a lot! \U0001f618

Sarah Neill
Sarah Neill 5pts

Hehe thanks Bec havnt seem you guys in ages xo

Susan Dray Catlin
Susan Dray Catlin 5pts

What gone wrong with people this is part and parcel of life but we live in a society that's lot the plot . When feeding a baby use a light cloth . I am big up top there no way I would have mine on show . It's down to the indervisual

Nicole Barrett
Nicole Barrett 5pts

Tandem feeding 9mth old son and 19 Mth old daughter. Each days different but sooo blessed ..

Madhava Rao Deshmuk
Madhava Rao Deshmuk 5pts

Dear students, do you know that among feeding mothers, fat is converted in milk.

Sarah Neill
Sarah Neill 5pts

Hehe I wish I looked this lovely while breastfeeding hehe xo

Jasmine Robles
Jasmine Robles 5pts

Esmeralda FigueroaYou can add this to your essay \U0001f601

Misty Farrell
Misty Farrell 5pts

Omg I nursed both chaya and Patti before for about a month.. It was crazy

Dora Do
Dora Do 5pts

Francesca Reinisch I thought you may like this :)

Marnie Mysnyk-Memmolo
Marnie Mysnyk-Memmolo 5pts

Wyndee Egan when are you doing your Free Intro to Ayurveda Talk @ North Shore Yoga? Roxy is interested in figuring out her dosha.

Marnie Mysnyk-Memmolo
Marnie Mysnyk-Memmolo 5pts

Thanks Kristen McLlarky for sharing....glad to see this article backs up all my crazy talk about ghee & ginger & sesame oil, etc in prenatal yoga. LOL. It really does work even beyond the 4th trimester & breastfeeding as I use many of these herbs & spices daily in cooking, teas & supplements even now!

Ayurveda
Ayurveda 5pts

That's awesome! :) Zoey Wimbush Schiavone

Richard Cooper
Richard Cooper 5pts

Joshua Murray, you wife may like this info... That's an assumption

Cari-ann Tyszka
Cari-ann Tyszka 5pts

Bc your a super mom!!!! Instincts and body craves \U0001f61c