Diet for improved lactation |Dt. Aashima Chopra |Paras Bliss Hospital

Diet For Improved Lactation

Diet For Improved Lactation

It’s quite normal to worry about your milk supply when you start breastfeeding your baby. The diet that has to be followed during the lactation period should be appropriate. Eat when you feel hungry must be the key role at this time. Foods that should be included in diets of your daily routine are:

  • Barley: a Dietary source of beta-glucan, shown to increase prolactin levels in both humans and animals.
  • Fennel + fenugreek seeds: The plant and its seed, fenugreek, contain phytoestrogens.
  • Papaya 
  • Garlic (lehsun) : Among its many curative properties, such as benefitting the immune system and preventing heart disease, garlic is said to help increase breastmilk supply.
  • Green leafy vegetables: Green leafy vegetables such as spinach (palak), fenugreek leaves (methi), mustard greens (Sarson ka saag) or lamb’s quarter (bathua) are an excellent source of minerals such as iron, calcium and folate, and vitamins such as betacarotene (a form of vitamin A) and riboflavin. They are also believed to enhance lactation.Important Points:

The general recommendation is to be guided by your appetite, and eat when you’re hungry. Your body is very efficient at producing milk and may have laid down fat stores during pregnancy that can now be used up in making breast milk.

You only need to drink enough to satisfy your thirst while you’re breastfeeding. Drinking lots of water, or being thirsty, won’t affect your milk supply.

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