This post is slightly off the topic of birth, however after giving birth you have a baby - and they need feeding!
If you want to breastfeed, then it can sometimes be a shock when it doesn't come easily and naturally - like it's made out to be..
For example - usual quote - 'breastfeeding, oh, it's the most natural thing in the world!...' etc. etc.
Yes I'm sure it is, but it was bloody difficult for me BOTH times I did it and I had a low milk supply for both babies, and often found myself trawling the internet, trying to figure out how to increase my milk supply.
So when I came across this recipe for increasing your milk supply in Midwifery Today, that not only sounds delicious but is also dairy free (so fab for vegan and lactose intolerant peeps) I just had to share it.
The recipe uses almonds as its base, and according to Midwifery Today 'not only are almonds one of Ayurveda’s top rejuvenative foods for postnatal vitality, studies also show that they help to increase the supply of breast milk among breastfeeding mothers (Rani 2016)'
The recipe also uses ginger, fenugreek and turmeric - all known to help increase your milk supply. 'Studies show this triad of spices can increase your milk supply by a whopping 100% when taken daily after birth (Bumrungpert et al. 2018).'
Mama’s Dairy-free Milk Tonic
¼ cup raw almonds
3 cups warm water
1 teaspoon ginger powder
½ teaspoon fenugreek powder
½ teaspoon cardamom powder
⅛ teaspoon turmeric powder
2 dates (pitted)
1 tablespoon maple syrup
Soak almonds overnight and peel.
Add all ingredients to a high-powered blender and blend on high for one minute or until well combined.
Make fresh daily and drink warm for the first 40 days after birth.
I hope that helps lovelies! Please let me know your thoughts on this recipe if you use it!
Rani, A. 2016. “A Study to Assess the Effectiveness of Almond Powder on Lactation Among Postnatal Mothers in Institute of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Hospital for Women and Children, Chennai.” M Sc (Nursing) Diss., Madras Medical College.
Bumrungpert, A, et. al. 2018. “Effects of Fenugreek, Ginger, and Turmeric Supplementation on Human Milk Volume and Nutrient Content in Breastfeeding Mothers: A Randomized Double-Blind Controlled Trial.” Breastfeed Med 13(10): 645–50. doi:10.1089/bfm.2018.0159