"Green Foods" To Naturally Increase Breast Milk Supply

You may be asking, "what are 'green foods?' Well, "green foods" are a type of organic plant food that is thought to help increase the production of breast milk. I found much debate on the subject of whether or not they actually work for that purpose. What I did find, however, was a lot of evidence that "green foods" can increase the nutrition and fat content of your breast milk. So if you're little one is having issues gaining enough weight or you're concerned about the nutritional content of your breast milk, give one of the following a try:

Barley Grass - This can be found in a powder or capsule form. I'm not sure which version works better, but in my experience, the more raw the ingredient, the better the results! It is also used to increase energy and boost the immune system.

Barley Water - To make barley water, put 1 cup of whole grain or pearled barley into 3 quarts of water on the stove and simmer for up to 2 hours. The longer you simmer, the more potent and effective the finished product will be! Strain the water into a pitcher and add some fennel seed (ground) or fenugreek and a little sweetener if desired! If the final product is too thick to drink comfortably, add some more water until you get a better consistency. Store the pitcher in the fridge and drink on over the course of the day. It is recommended that you drink barley water for a week or two at a time.

Spirulina - This supplement does show some evidence of being able to increase breast milk supply in some women. Along with boosting production, it also gives mom and baby some vegetable nutrition that they may be lacking along with containing B-Complex vitamins which has been shown to boost energy levels and improve moods.

A few other "green foods" are alfalfa leaf, kelp and oat straw. These are all easy to add to soup, sauces or your morning bowl of oatmeal!

Other Methods For Naturally Increasing Breast Milk Supply

Offer Both Breasts - I know that sometimes nursing your baby isn't convenient and it seems to take forever, but you should always offer the other breast once your baby is done on the first side. Even if your little one has emptied one breast and seems satisfied, put him or her to your other breast even if they only suck a few times. This will ensure that your body knows how much milk to produce because while it may seem that your baby is full, after a good burp, they just may have room for a little more! I used to be terrible about this and it seemed that my baby was wanting to eat constantly, so I thought that maybe she wasn't getting enough milk. Turns out that I was stopping her feeding sessions too early so she was getting just enough to sate her hunger and she would then be hungry again in 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Once I started offering her both sides, her feedings became much more regular and she stayed satisfied for 4 hours between feedings!

Pump Between Feedings - This can be an extremely helpful method to increase your breast milk supply. After your baby has fully finished eating, try pumping for 10-15 minutes. Even if you don't get a single drop, the pump is signaling your body to make more milk!! If you do not have a breast pump, using hand expression can be just as effective as pumping! If you are looking for a pump, check out my Electric Double Breast Pump Reviews article!

Breast Massage Or Compressions - this is an effective way of not only promoting good milk flow, it can also really help improve your let-down reflex. While feeding or pumping, massage your breast from your armpit out towards the nipple. Massage as close to the nipple as you can get without dislodging your baby or pump flanges. Gradually increase pressure and finish with a few firm squeezes to your breast.

Stop Bottle Watching - I know that this one helps! If you are having trouble pumping enough milk, watching the bottles while you're pumping is one of the worst things you can do! All that will happen is you will get stressed over how badly you think it's going and your breasts will get "stage fright!" You will benefit yourself much more if you keep your eyes closed and picture your little one nursing at your breast or rolling around on the floor giggling!

There are so many natural methods of increasing and boosting your breast milk supply and they are all worth a try! As a nursing mom, I understand the need to do whatever it takes to give my baby the breast milk that is so good for her and I would try any of the above methods to do just that, and even several at a time! Breastfeeding is one of those things that you will never regret and there are so many benefits! I hope that you can find something in this article that will help you to increase or maintain your milk supply. If you've tried it all and nothing has worked, check with your doctor about some prescription medications such as Reglan and Domperidone. Good luck and happy nursing!

Be sure to check out the other parts of this subject for more ways to boost your breastmilk supply using:


Herbal Teas