April 14, 2017   By Kelly Bejelly

Feeding a baby is a wonderful bonding moment for both mom and baby. There’s almost nothing quite like the the time spent, just nursing your baby. What if you you don’t seem to produce enough breastmilk? For breastfeeding to be succesful, you need to produce breastmilk, right? For your child to grow, you need to produce ENOUGH breastmilk, right?  My supply with Bubba wasn’t very good and add a tongue tie on top of it, I needed to find a quick solution and this lactation smoothie helped a bunch.

There are times when a mother may not produce enough breastmilk. Stress, exhaustion, going back to work, and not enough fluids can all inhibit your ability to produce enough breastmilk. Seeing your milk production go down, with a hungry baby, can add more stress. More stress can equal more exhaustion and thus the circle goes.

There is nothing more frustrating to a nursing mother than to struggle with milk production.  It may seem like you are never done nursing, and there is never enough milk to go around.  Don’t give up! There ARE a few things you can do to help boost breastmilk production naturally.

  • Get plenty of rest. Nap when your baby naps as much as possible. Let the dishes sit in the sink for another 20 minutes.
  • Reduce stress. Try journaling, listening to soothing music, or talking a walk to help.
  • Get plenty of liquids. At least 8 8 oz. glasses of liquids a day.  Your body uses liquids to help produce breastmilk, so bottoms up!

This lactation smoothie can help you boost that breastmilk production.  Besides providing quality protiens, this has key ingredients that are known for keeping milk production up.  It provides quality liquids that YOUR body needs as well, without overloading the calories.

1/4 cup gluten-free oats

1/2 cup almond or coconut milk

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon powder

dash nutmeg

1 Tablespoons ground flax seeds

1 Tablespoon almond butter (or sun butter)

1/2 tsp vanilla

2 tablespoons unsulfered molasses

1 Tablespoon Nutrional Yeast 

 

Blend all ingredients together until smooth in your blender. For a frozen treat, add 1 cup of ice and blend again. Drink immediately.

What are some things you do to help keep your breastmilk up? Will you try this lactation smoothie?

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