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4 Lactogenic Foods To Increase Your Milk Supply

Why is my breast milk supply low? How to boost my milk supply? These are some of the questions that you might be asking if you’re a breastfeeding mother. Proper nutrition can play an important role to help you boost your milk supply, as well as keeping your baby healthy. So, lactogenic foods are thought to increase your milk supply.

If you’re wondering what are lactogenic foods, don’t worry we got you covered! Read ahead to know more about the 4 lactogenic foods that you can try to boost your milk supply.


What Are Lactogenic Foods?

Lactogenic foods help increase breast milk production. What’s special about these foods? Galactagogues.

Galactagogues are substances thought to enhance milk supply. But wait: they won’t boost your milk supply on their own. You have to also try to nurse or pump more often ( more milk demand from your baby = more milk supply), stay hydrated and get enough rest.


Related: Read these tips on how to boost your milk supply here.

4 Lactogenic Foods To Increase Your Milk Supply

We can’t stress enough the importance of having a healthy balanced diet to enhance milk production. Relying only on lactogenic foods to increase your milk supply is not the solution.

So, try to include whole grains, fruits and veggies, protein and healthy sources of fat in your eating plan.

We have listed 4 lactogenic foods to help enhance your milk production. Try them out after consulting with your doctor or lactation consultant.


1. Dark Green Leafy Vegetables

  • Contain phytoestrogen – a substance that enhances milk production
  • Rich in vitamins and minerals
  • Enjoy your veggies such as kale, arugula and spinach



2. Oats

Who doesn’t love the healthy oat chocolate cookies?!

  • Oats are special healthy whole grains ( think gluten free if you have gluten intolerance) and they’re a good source of fibers
  • Also rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals
  • Contains saponins that raise prolactin levels- an important hormone that regulates milk production


Related: Check out these 5 foods to help increase your milk supply here.



3. Chickpeas and Lentils

  • Rich in protein
  • Contains vitamins, minerals
  • Very good source of fibers


4. Nuts

  • Rich source of protein and healthy fatty acids like omega-3 and omega-6
  • Think cashews, almonds, walnuts and macadamia


To Wrap Up

If you’re worried about your milk supply, try to include lactogenic foods in your eating plan. They help to increase your milk supply so that your baby can be nourished for a healthy development.

Remember! Every mother can react differently to lactogenic foods. You might not get the same effect in terms of an increase in your milk supply, so consulting with your doctor or lactation consultant is important.


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Get in touch with our certified lactation consultants to advise you on the best plan to enhance your milk supply. Call now on 800 626 945 to know more about Mother and Baby Program.