5 Best Foods for Breastfeeding Mothers

A breastfeeding mother has to be available 24 hours a day for nursing duty. As the body actively makes milk, most new mothers feel hungry often. Hence, it’s important that breastfeeding mothers consume nutrient-rich food that help to not only replenish their body but also to increase milk supply. A healthy mix of proteins, fats and carbohydrates are ideal for breastfeeding mother. Let’s take a look at the 5 best foods for breastfeeding mothers.

Nuts and Seeds

Almonds rich in calcium and omega-3 fatty acids stimulate milk-making hormones. No wonder, a new mother is usually given a bowl full of soaked and peeled almonds first thing in the morning. Either grab a handful or eat it in the form of almond butter, almond shake or milk. Similarly, peanuts are said to help too. It is said that early exposure to peanuts might reduce the chances of nut allergy in kids.

Fox nuts or makhana. They are rich in calcium and help in milk supply. Roast in ghee till they become crunchy, add salt and black pepper.

Seeds are high in protein, calcium and omega-3 fatty acids. Use them liberally in cookies, chikkis, ladoos or sprinkle them on your salad or fruit bowl. Or make a trail mix using a variety of seeds like sesame seeds, chia seeds, hemp seeds, flaxseeds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds and melon seeds. Throw in some dry berries, dry coconut shavings, cacao nibs and you are good to go.

Fenugreek seeds are known to be a galactagogue, which means it helps in boosting milk production. Eat fenugreek or methi ladoos or just soak some seeds overnight and consume it in the morning, or crush seeds into a powder and take 1-2 tsp first thing in the morning.

Green leafy vegetables

Green leafy vegetables have to feature in the list of food for breastfeeding mothers. Whether it’s spinach, dill, fenugreek leaves or mustard, green leafy vegetables are high in minerals such as folate, iron and calcium. They are known to enhance lactation if you include one or two portions of greens daily in your diet.

Have them in the form of subzi or make salad out of baby spinach, use fenugreek in thepla or paratha, and you will get a variety of things that you won’t get bored of easily.

Edible Gum

Edible gum is sap harvested from plants and then dried. Gond, gondh katira, dink or tracaganth gum is an edible gum and widely popular as lactation-friendly. Fry gond in ghee, crush it in a mixer or a mortar-pestle and use it in gondh ladoos, chikki or halwa.


Dairy products are rich in protein, which is essential to produce milk, and calcium. Consume milk, paneer, ghee and yogurt; they are good foods for lactating mothers.


Herbs like turmeric, ashwagandha, ganthoda, etc. are good foods for breastfeeding mothers. Add turmeric powder or ganthoda powder in warm milk. Ashwagandha capsules are available, have 1 a day or as prescribed on the box.

These are the best foods for mothers for breastfeeding. However, remember, only a good diet doesn’t help. A mother should also

Stay stress free

Consume plenty of water

Indulge in light exercise

Have a great time nourishing your newborn!

13 Valuable Tips For Breastfeeding Success For New Mothers

A newborn baby suckling at the breast is one of the greatest joys of motherhood. Most women look forward to breastfeeding as soon as they deliver. However, the breastfeeding experience is not always a happy one. There can be breastfeeding challenges in the first few days. Many new mothers can experience discomfort, even fierce pain while breastfeeding their newborn. Newborn babies, especially preemies have latching problems. This can lead to new mothers dreading the breastfeeding activity, ignoring the cries from their wailing baby or weaning off their baby and giving their baby formula milk. Here are 13 valuable tips for breastfeeding success for new mothers.

  • Find a private or secluded place to nurse your baby. Away from prying eyes, you will find you are more comfortable nursing and will connect better to your body and your baby.
  • Put on a nipple shield. Made of silicone, it can protect your nipple while nursing.
  • Rub a little petroleum jelly on your nipples after nursing. You can even rub your own milk. It helps in healing cracked or sore nipples.
  • Don’t be alarmed if you leak. It’s perfectly natural for new mothers to leak, especially if they produce more milk and their baby is not consuming it all.
  • Eat healthy. Lactation friendly foods like green leafy vegetables, Gondh Ladoos, coconut, nuts and seeds, sago, are known to increase breast milk.
  • Drink plenty of water, especially before and after feeding your baby. Staying hydrated helps with the smoother milk flow.
  • Find a breastfeeding position that is the most comfortable for you. And it is OK to lie down and nurse. However, avoid nursing lying down if you are feeling sleepy. You might roll over onto your baby during sleep.
  • Wear nursing or breastfeeding bras or nursing friendly clothes. It’s easier to nurse when you are comfortable.
  • Invest in an electric breast pump. It’s faster, less painful and very convenient. It can be very handy in the first few months when your baby has latching problems and you experience immense pain while breastfeeding. You can express your milk and feed your baby your own milk through the bottles.
  • Not every mother feeds and enjoys the process from day one. To get comfortable breastfeeding sometimes takes time, and it’s perfectly fine. Take your time. You and your baby will get there.
  • The more you nurse, the more milk you produce. Many mothers worry that they are not producing enough milk. Don’t worry. Your body is very smart. It produces enough milk to take care of your baby’s need. As your baby demands, your body produces milk accordingly to satisfy him or her.
  • If you are still not comfortable feeding, think about giving formula to your child. Remember, a well-fed child is more important than a baby who doesn’t get adequate mother’s milk. And ignore people; they will still talk.
  • Talk to a doctor or lactation consultant if you have worries. There is nothing wrong in seeking out help. Do not suffer in silence. It is neither good for you, nor for your baby.

So these are 13 valuable tips for breastfeeding success for new mothers. Hope they will come in useful for you.