The term that refers to nursing; production or secretion of essential fluid that is milk from mammary glands in females is called as lactation. Those agents which are said to increase milk production are termed as Galactagouges. Lactation booster Foods are no more a joke, they exist and they really works if used in moderation and in recommended way.
MYTHS AND FACTS:
Earlier it was considered and applied as a common practice by mommies to avoid many kinds of food as they can cause allergy or bloating to the infant. It is a well known fact that whatever mum gonna eat will secrete in breast milk but that has nothing to do with infant sufferings in most cases. Unless infant is super sensitive, food that moms are consuming wont cause any reaction in infants. There are lots and lots of foods including fruits, veggies and nuts that carry high value nutritional micro elements. These are supposed to strengthen infant and load them with their required nutritions.
Common myth is to avoid legumes and gassy foods by mum like broccoli, cauliflower, peas etc. However researches reveal that it isnt the case. Healthy foods including even such veggies consumed by moms often give high nutritional benefits to their infants without harming their little tummies. Yes in case of milk if infant is sensitive to protein found in cows milk, it can be troublesome and in such case moms must avoid dairy that too for a limited time period.
FEW LACTATION BOOSTER FOODS/NUTS:
Lactation has been studied quite a lot by expert researchers and many foods/nuts/fruits and veggies have especially being labelled as lactating ingredients or galactagouges. This is done after calculating their nutritional values as well as to which extent they increase milk production. Apart from studies old wives tales even have listed many products that seem much helpful when it come to nursing and increasing milk supply; especially for first time mothers who have zero experience beforehand. Here I am gonna pen down few which i have found amazingly helpful in this beautiful yet roller coaster journey of nursing for lactating mothers.
Coconut is rich in essential vitamins such as Thiamine, Niacin, Pantothenic acid, pyridoxin, ascorbic acid etc. It is also a very important source of minerals that includes Ca, Mg, Se, Fe etc. Coconut is rich in fibre and has got amazing antimicrobial properties. When it is ingested those anti microbial components seeps into breast milk and shield infant against many infections. Alongside consumption of coconut oil/ coconut oil/ coconut milk and even sliced coconut has shown to increase milk production in nursing mothers drastically.
Flax seeds are natural milk boosters from nature rich in fibre and alpha linoleic acid which is the source of omega 3 fatty acids. Thus it is very useful in terms of consumption while nursing infants. However the mechanism by which it boost up milk supply in lactating mothers is ambiguous. Its phytoestrogen component is said to boost milk production through mammary glandsh
- FENUGREEK SEEDS
- CHIA SEEDS
- BREWERS YEAST
- CUMIN SEEDS
- FENNEL SEEDS
- SEMOLINAetc are also few powerful lactating booster foods / agents that can help in increasing supply too bits.
Lactation cookies are something which include a combination of multiple galactogouge ingredients that together not only help nursing mothers to increase their milk supply but also helps them curb their sweet cravings in a healthy nutritious way. Also other than nursing mum, this can be enjoyed by friends and family members of all ages it can actually help them in lowering their cholesterol levels.
Lactation booster foods like cookies include oat meal, wheat germ, flax seeds and nuts and berries of your choice to make them delicious and enjoyable while having their unbeatable benefits.
Brewers yeast is also considered as an important ingredient but its taste is quite bitter and for Muslim consumers there is still a debate going on if its halal or not.
For sugar part many use brown sugar in the recipe while others use maple syrup or apple sauce to give it that lovely edible taste.
Egg is also added in few recipes however egg allergy must be known before hand to avoid any inconvenience or health issues.
These cookies are usually soft from inside with a crispier corner, perfect to munch on evenings with a nice hot cup of tea or aromatic coffee right before feeding your little bundle of joy.