In my on-going hunt for the ultimate galactagogue I came across Milkmakers Lactaction Cookies, the secret ingredient: brewers yeast. I bought a trial pack of 10 yummy oatmeal raisin cookies for a hefty price of $20.00 + and have been eating two cookies a day. The second day I was able to see a significant increase in my milk supply. I am now pumping 5-6 ounces a day while before I was pumping 3 ounces a day at most, I think I've found my lactation muse! You can bet I will be purchasing more cookies from Milkmakers!
Two months ago Mr. Borscht and I welcomed our first baby, a little boy we call Sasha. As you already know from the previous post regarding Saag Daal and lactation I am on the lookout to find pretty much anything (within reason, of course) that can help with increasing my milk supply.
While at Wholefoods' tea section today I saw this box of Yogi tea, 'Woman's Nursing Support' which is said to promote healthy milk supply. While I'm not too sure what they mean by "healthy", do they mean nutritious or healthy as in healthy supply? I figure it won't hurt to give it a try.
The ingredients in the tea are fennel, fenugreek, Anise, chamomile and lavender flower. The flavor of the tea is wonderful and relaxing but does it actually work? That is the question. The directions say to drink a cup in the morning upon waking and then 2 or 3 more cups throughout the day- that sure is a lot of tea but if this does work I won't mind at all drinking so much of it.
The box contained 16 packets of tea, I will tested the Yogi Woman's Nursing Support tea to see if there was any increase in my milk production by consuming the tea four times a day as suggested on the box, this is what I found.
On the third day I was able to pump 2 ounces more milk than usual and on the fourth day (the last day of tests) I was able to pump 5 ounces milk more than usual (but I also had a bowl of oatmeal for breakfast as well- another breastmilk increasing food). In conclusion my milk supply did not drastically increase by drinking the tea alone but seemed to work best while consuming other breastmilk increasing foods such as oatmeal, dried apricots and Saag Daal. Will I continue to purchase Yogi's Woman's Nursing Support tea again? It's hard to say, for the single purpose of upping my breastmilk? Most likely not, however I do like to have a nightly cup of tea so why shouldn't I choose to drink something beneficial to my baby.
Almost two months ago I gave birth, two weeks earlier than expected, to a beautiful 7.5LB baby boy. I am exclusively breastfeeding and this being my first experience as a mother I have come to learn many things, naturally, but there is one subject where I assumed would be rather simple but of course, it isn't. The subject is breastfeeding. The list of things one learns about breastfeeding when having a child is an endless list, an endless list I'm definitely not going to go through point by point as this is a food blog, but there is one thing that is food related which I would like to discuss.
For most mothers who opt to breastfeed the question of whether you are producing enough breastmilk for your baby is a question that is forever hanging in the air, well it was for me anyway. I was pretty sure I was producing enough breastmilk for my little baby but there are times when I am not too sure. Because of this question that had me doubting my breasts and whether they were fulfilling their part in my role as a mother I decided to do a little bit of research (via web) on foods to stay away from and foods to eat in abundance to up my milk production just a little bit. Many of these sites make you wonder whether the foods actually work to help increase milk production as 99% of them are unfounded untested.
Brewers yeast is one ingredient that came up very often, I even looked up a recipe for lactation cookies that included brewers yeast, many of the reviews from this site regarding the brewers yeast came out positive. And while I will try to make the lactation cookies sometime soon (and will post on it for sure) this is not the ingredient I am posting about today. Moving on, on a list of GOOD EATS for lactating women was spinach. And the other night Mr. Borscht and I just happened to be sitting down to indian takeout where I decided to order Saag Daal, a spinach puree with yellow lentils, very flavorful and packed with spinach. Needless to say, my breastmilk production has increased, unless by some coincidence it just so happened on its own around the same time. While my baby had recently been sitting down to breastfeed only to be somewhat squirmish and frustrated (which led me to believe I was not producing enough or perhaps my flow was simply to slow) but after having eaten the Saag Daal he was gulping away, not even being able to drain both breasts before falling back full and happy.
Couple of other foods I have been munching on that is said to promote breastmilk production: