Milk Boosting Foods

When mom’s start experiencing supply issues, they usually jump to herbal supplements, hoping that these will deliver an effective boost to their milk production immediately. While there is nothing wrong with taking supplements, they can be expensive in the long-run, and quite frankly, you will get sick of swallowing the fistfuls of pills you need everyday to derive the maximum benefit. Trust me: I tried!  I also tried a bunch of galactogenic foods, and here are my favorites.

THIS LIST IS A WORK IN PROGRESS. I WILL ADD MORE WHEN I GET THE TIME.

Whole Grains

  • Millet: Rich in B-vitamins, and used traditionally to make milk creamier and more filling to babies
  • Barley: Rich in iron (perfect postpartum), as well as vitamin B-6 (energy) and magnesium (stabilizes mood and helps with cramps)
  • Oats: Rich in iron and fiber, oats boost milk and regulate blood sugar, a common cause of low milk supply
  • Brown Rice: Rich in essential minerals such as manganese, selenium and phosphorous, as well as fiber. Cook the rice with coconut oil and allow to chill overnight to reduce calories by half.

Dark, Leafy Greens
Chickpeas
Carrots
Sweet Potatoes
Nuts and Seeds, especially walnuts, almonds sunflower and pumpkin seeds
Spices such as garlic, ginger, fennel and black pepper
Non citrus fruits such as papaya, apple, peaches and dates