Although the majority of mothers make enough milk for their newborn babies, many new mothers are concerned that their milk production might be too low or insufficient for their children. This is mainly because it can be difficult to tell how much your baby is drinking during breastfeeding.
If you are worried that you are not producing enough milk and are wondering how you can boost your milk supply, the answer to your question may be as simple as sipping a cup of drink. Read on to find out more!
Why Do I Have a Low Milk Supply?
Did you know that dehydration can affect a mother’s milk supply? Breast milk is made of 80% water and if you’re not hydrating yourself enough, your milk supply may be considerably less. New mothers need to keep themselves hydrated throughout the day. Whether it’s an extremely hot day and you’re sweating more than usual or if you’re unwell and vomiting, always remember to drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration.
To help increase your milk supply, mummies can consider drinking lactation drinks. Lactation drinks are essentially drinks prepared with lactation-boosting ingredients that are said to promote milk production. To make your nursing journey easier, we at ReLacto can help you out with our lactation foods and drinks.
Here are the drinks for lactation that we provide:
Black Bean Black Sesame Drink
Indulge in our nutritious Black Bean Black Sesame Drink which is jam-packed with vitamin B6, folate, and potassium!
Black beans are known to be rich in vitamin B6, folate, and potassium which help support one’s heart health. Homocysteine is a type of amino acid and buildups of this compound can lead to damaged blood vessels and in turn, heart issues. According to research, folate and vitamin B6 can help break down the homocysteine compound in one’s body. Additionally, food with high potassium content helps manage blood pressure levels by lowering the sodium levels in your body.
Black beans are also commonly used in traditional Chinese medicine(TCM) because it is known to help reduce night sweats. With our Black Bean Black Sesame Drink, mummies can stay both hydrated and well-nourished!
Lemongrass Fenugreek Drink
Our Lemongrass Fenugreek Drink contains fenugreek seeds and moringa leaf powder. Fenugreek is said to help promote milk production whereas moringa leaf powder stimulates the milk production hormones, prolactin, and oxytocin.
Moringa leaves are often used as a herbal galactagogue, which are substances that help mothers promote the flow of their milk and increase their supply. Research has shown that moringa leaves can be used to increase the prolactin hormones that play a role in lactation.
Roselle Black Dates Drink
This delicious, thirst-quenching drink is not to be missed!
Roselle flowers are traditionally known to ease coughing and wheezing caused by the accumulation of fluids or water induced by food stagnation. From a TCM perspective, fluid stagnation begins at the spleen and would then later enter the lungs. Phlegm would eventually start to form as the accumulated fluid thickens.
Additionally, the fennel seeds in this drink benefit new mothers by reducing the inhibitory effects of the dopamine hormone on the production of breast milk. Breastfeeding women produce breast milk when nursing due to the release of the prolactin hormone in their bodies. As dopamine hormone inhibits the release of prolactin, this may make it more difficult for mothers to have a smooth milk supply especially at the beginning
The active compound found in fennel seeds, anethole, mimics dopamine in the body and competes for dopamine receptors, thus blocking the inhibitory function of dopamine. Fennel seeds are thereby known to stimulate milk production and ensure smooth milk flow in lactating women.
Mulberry Herbal Drink
Made with akebia quinata (通草), mulberry mistletoe (桑寄生), and sun-dried tangerine peel the Mulberry Herbal Drink is filled with TCM goodness.
Akebia quinata, or chocolate vine, benefits mothers by promoting urination. According to TCM, urination will help resolve dampness that arises when there is too much moisture in your body.
The benefits of mulberry mistletoe include kidney and liver tonification. Yin deficiency in the kidneys and liver causes lower back, leg soreness, and joint problems, numbness, and weakness. The mulberry mistletoe will help balance out the Yin deficiency while nourishing your blood. Furthermore, this ingredient helps calm the womb to promote lactation and give you glowing skin!
Lastly, the sun-dried tangerine peels help relieve mothers from the feeling of nausea and reflux.
Red Dates Tea
Available as an alternative drink on our menu, a warm cup of sweet red dates tea provides plenty of benefits. The red dates tonifies your spleen and stomach, nourishes your blood, and calms the spirit. This calming, delectable tea can also help increase your body’s Qi, helping mummies regain their strength after childbirth.
Our list of drinks making you thirsty? Reach out to us today to find out more about our meal packages! With every meal, we provide drinks for lactation as well, keeping mummies hydrated as they enjoy their food. We have over 100 unique dishes on our menu and the best lactation drinks for new mothers that are bound to meet your dietary needs!