It’s National Breastfeeding Awareness Month, and to be honest, I had no idea this even existed until I was approached to be a ‘Breast Friend’, alongside some other fab mommy-bloggers (in partnership with Happy Mango). What that means is, I get to give you free stuff (yay!), and learn / write about all things breastfeeding. I want to preface this by saying fed is always best, and I am in no way anti-not-breastfeeding. Everyone’s circumstances are different, and I appreciate that, but being that it is National Breastfeeding month, this is a celebration of that.
This will be my first post in a 4-part series, and this first topic couldn’t have come at a better time for me. Recently I began modifying what I am eating, in order to shed a few pounds in a healthy, slow way. What I noticed, however, is that my milk supply started to drop, and as a mama of an exclusively breastfed baby, this is no bueno. So we are going to talk about foods that promote a healthy milk supply; and specifically foods that are lower in carbs. (I am not promoting low/no carbs, however, this is what fits my current lifestyle).
Almonds aren’t just packed with protein; they’re a good non-dairy source of calcium. And the every little bit helps. Breastfeeding moms should take in 1000mg of calcium per day. That’s because the milk you make is high in calcium, and if you don’t get enough in your diet, your bones and teeth could be robbed of calcium they need. (Yikes!) So go nuts, and eat your almonds! (Get it? nuts..?)
This tasty, fatty fish might be the perfect meat for breastfeeding moms. It’s high in protein, and also contains large amounts of DHA, a type of fat that’s important to the development of baby’s nervous system. Wild-caught or farm-raised salmon are both good for you. If you don’t eat dairy, you can eat canned salmon, which contains tiny salmon bones, to get some extra calcium.
Actually, pretty much any dark green, leafy veggie is a breastfeeding super food. That includes broccoli and Swiss chard. They’re all-around nutrient-dense and even high in calcium. (This one’s for you vegan moms!) So you can get a veggie serving and a calcium-rich serving in one, delicious, leafy food. So make like Popeye, and eat your greens!
Stocking your fridge with yogurt is smart because the creamy stuff has got both protein and calcium. Plus the active cultures are great for feminine health.
Who knew? Sesame seeds are packed with calcium, and are a good source of fiber, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, copper and manganese. Toast them and sprinkle them over a salad of dark leafy greens, or add some to your veggies.
Drinking 8oz of water every hour can help to increase milk supply. Plus it will give you a beautiful, glowing complexion, and who doesn’t want that?
Now… for the GIVEAWAY!
Once you have read this post, head on over to my Instagram feed, and ‘like’ the corresponding post and comment that you read this blog post, for a chance to win a $25 E-giftcard to Milky Mama Boutique. (This would also make a great gift for your favorite mama, if you happen not to be one!)