For all the breastfeeding mamma’s out there who need some energy and more milk, there are some foods that can help increase your milk production. They are called galactogogue(s) (ga-lacto-gog). I was successful breastfeeding my daughter for about 9 months and my twins for about 5 (I was a pumper with them). I dreamed of going longer with both but I have no guilt because I tried and they got some important breast milk early on in their lives. I’m also not a pusher of breastfeeding, although I think it’s important, I totally understand why people choose not to (or in some cases can’t for various reasons). Heck, our ancestors used wet nurses when a woman couldn’t nurse…no the baby didn’t starve, they just used a woman who was a breastfeeding machine and that was awesome!
In any rate I super support the breastfeeding mamma and I wanted to share the lactation energy bites that I made while trying to nurse my twins.
1 cup quick oats (can use old fashioned too)
1/2 cup toasted coconut
1/2 cup ground flax seed
1/4 cup chia seeds
3/4 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (can grind them up too)
3/4 cup peanut butter
1/3 cup honey
Mix, refrigerate, ball them up, and enjoy!
NOTES: many recipes call for brewers yeast. At the time I didn’t have any on hand but would have sprinkled some in as well. Also if you or your baby has a nut allergy you can opt for sunflower or soy butter. If you or your baby have issues with dairy check the chocolate chips (you can find dairy free chocolate chips that taste amazing!). Gluten intolerance? Check your oats and opt for ones that specifically say they are gluten free!
- Flax seed
- Brewers yeast
- Water (not technically a galactagogue but you need it!)
- Mother’s Milk tea (a combination of some of the above herbs)
Another way to keep your milk supply up is to keep your stress low! I know it is a hectic time with a new baby (or 2) and trying to feed them well but step back and enjoy the beauty of life! Don’t forget to eat either. Dad’s or other support system providers, FEED THESE WOMEN! They are doing enough work by producing milk, give them calories through healthy meals. Remember, they need 500 extra calories to breastfeed adequately (more for twins and multiples). Three meals a day plus snacks are needed to get in these extra calories.
Final Thoughts: I’m nowhere near an expert on breastfeeding and I love to give credit where credit is due! If you need help with breast feeding, contact a Lactation Consultant. They are educated and the experts on breastfeeding. Find one here: International Lactation Consultant Association. A huge shout out to Shannon, my IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant) who was there for me and my daughter with her tongue tie and my twins! Thank you!