Breastfeeding was no joke for me. Personally, it was quite a painful and overwhelming experience when I was trying to produce enough milk to fully feed my daughter. For the first few weeks, I’d to supplement similac formula 70% of the time. By the 3rd or 4th week of delivery, I slowly saw increased of milk supply. In addition, I was very fortunate to have a good pediatrician that helped me along the way. She gave me tips and food suggestions on ways to increase milk supply. With that I was able to breastfeed my daughter up to a year and 5 months. Here’s a list of foods that were helpful for me to increase my milk supply. Even though some of these foods don’t have any scientific research to back, I personally would still stick to these foods if I were to get pregnant again. When it comes to taking any herbal drinks or pills, I would highly recommend that you do consult your doctor before taking them. Good luck!
- Mother’s milk tea – I drink this tea three times a day – breakfast, lunch & dinner. It has a sweet, slightly bitter with a distinct licorice-like taste.
- Fenugreek pills – These pills work wonder and I must say its probably the most effective from this list. I took them twice a day – morning and night.
- Chicken soup – My mom made chicken soup every day for me. I’d chicken soup at least once a day. This was tasty and it was another factor that helped increased my milk supply.
- Oatmeal – There has been frequent saying that oatmeal increases milk supply even though there are no scientific evidences to support it. In my case, this works for me. For breakfast each morning, I would have a bowl of oatmeal with some fresh berries and bananas. This was not only healthy but simple.
- Water – This was essential for me. I get really thirsty every time I was nursing or pumping. I always have a cup or bottle next to me while doing one or the other. Bottom line, water is healthy you need to keep yourself hydrated throughout your busy day.