What does consuming lactogenic food have to do with breastfeeding?
Milk production is a supply and demand process, the more the baby nurse or pump, the more your body will make (***). So what does that have to do with consuming lactogenic food? Sometimes stimulation alone isn't enough to increase milk production. Thus to help boost milk supply, lactogenic food also known as galactogogues, contains phytoestrogens and other chemical properties that stimulate lactation (***). Many mothers have struggles with breastfeeding and producing enough milk for their baby (***), While it may be necessary to supplement for low milk supply, it doesn’t mean you have to end breastfeeding. Breastfeeding isn’t the only source of nutrition therefore don’t be discouraged if you have to supplement with formula while you try to build up your supply! Whatever amount of milk you are able to give to your newborn it will benefit them in the long run.
There are components in certain foods called lactogenic aides, which have been noted to incresae a mother's milk supply. When lactogenic food is added to a well-balance breastfeeding diet, these foods are believed to increase breast milk (***). Although lactogenic foods have been used as a natural way to increase mother’s milk for centuries and by different cultures, it is important to note that there is only a small amount of scientific proof that they actually work (***).
Popular Lactogenic Foods
What to avoid or minimize use (can cause milk supply to decrease!)
Benefits of Breastfeeding: (***)
Tips while breastfeeding
No Bake Lactation Cookies (***)
Mix everything together in a bowl until well incorporated like dough, if too dry you can add more peanut butter, if too wet add more almond flour. It should be able to hold itself when molded into a ball and flatten into a cookie shape. Store in an airtight container and refrigerate up to 2 weeks for maximum shelf life. However these cookies don’t need to be refrigerated to eat, you can take them on the go! ENJOY!
Note: It is recommended to consume 1-2 cookies a day for a few days before increasing amount (to avoid being engorged)
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