Breastfeeding is the most natural way a mother can feed her baby. Besides creating a loving bond between you and your baby, breast milk provides all the nutrition your baby needs during the first six months of life. It will also help develop the eyes and brain and other body systems besides aiding in jaw development.
The first milk in your breast is called colostrum and this milk is quite thick and may be yellowish in colour. Colostrum is very rich in protein and antibodies that will give your baby a great start in life. Mature breast milk gradually replaces the colostrum in the first few days after birth.
Building your milk supply is a gradual process and when it comes to breastfeeding, supply equals demand. The more you feed your baby, the more milk your breasts produce. Some tips for establishing and maintaining good milk supply include;
√ Ensure comfortable positioning and good attachment when nursing
√ Well balanced diet that includes milk boosting ingredients
√ Plenty of rest and keeping stress at a minimum
√ Feed your baby on demand especially in the first month
√ Minimise extra feeds from bottles as this reduces your baby’s need to breastfeed
You being able to breastfeed your baby means a lot to us. With every order from us, we will provide you complimentary daily seven treasure tea and lactation cookies.
SEVEN TREASURE TEA
Seven treasure tea consists of red dates, black dates, dangshen, dried longan flesh, goji berry, astragalus and rice paper pith. These ingredients are combined with water and brought to a boil and left to simmer for at least two hours. This tea will help in the quantity and quality of your milk supply and will also nourish your blood and strengthen your body.
The main ingredients of these cookies are organic oats which are jam-packed with nutrients, organic flax seed which has an abundance of omega-3 fatty acids, wheat germ that is high in zinc and pure malt which has large amounts of beta-glucan. All these ingredients work together to form a highly lactogenic snack that is free from preservatives and hydrogenated oil.
A sample of milk boosting ingredients which we use in our dishes so as to promote healthy milk production for breastfeeding mothers.
Garlic is considered one of the best foods that contribute in increasing milk production in mothers. It also helps with babies suffering from colic.
Consuming green papaya helps in increasing the production of oxytocin which in turn increases the production of milk.
Carrots are believed to help with lactation. It is also rich in Vitamin A which is great for your baby’s growth.
Besides boosting milk production, spinach is a great source of iron for you and your baby.
Bitter gourd is high in nutrition. It has a high water content that will aid in keeping mothers hydrated and water is essential in lactation.
Salmon is rich in omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin B12. The large amounts of DHA in salmon, a type of fat important for the development of a baby’s nervous system makes it great for breastfeeding moms.
Tofu is packed with soy protein, the only plant source of all eight essential amino acids. In addition, soy protein sources are often high in nutrients such as calcium, iron and fiber making it beneficial for nursing mothers.
Sesame seeds are high in estrogen-like plant properties, making it ideal for breastfeeding mothers. It is also high in calcium, an important nutrient for your baby’s development as well as your health.