Recently, I discovered that nursing moms who are struggling with breastfeeding have started drinking lactation smoothies and shakes to boost their milk supply. Where was this magic when I was struggling to make enough milk for my babies? Seriously, I am addicted to smoothies. I can't drive by a smoothie shop without stopping in to grab a giant cup, so thick and cold that my teeth hurt and my tongue gets numb. How some people feel about their daily latte is how I feel about my strawberry and banana smoothie with granola, Greek yogurt, and occasionally, chia seeds — because I'm dangerous like that.
So it's pretty amazing that there are some smoothie-friendly ingredients known to help promote the production of breast milk. “Increasing breast milk supply for those who choose to breastfeed can be challenging and frustrating, but we do know that certain things can help,” Dr. Abigail Cutler, M.D., MPH, an OB-GYN at Yale New Haven Hospital tells Romper. “The best foods that can help increase breast milk supply are known as galactogogues, which are powerful food sources that consist of drinks, medications, foods, or herbs, all of which help many mothers' bodies to respond by making more milk,” Liza Janda, a certified lactation education counselor, tells Romper. “Steel cut oatmeal, dark leafy greens, fennel, nuts and seeds, chickpeas, ginger, and garlic, can all help in breast milk production.” Spinach and flax contain phytoestrogens, which is thought to promote lactation as well, Healthline reported.
Combining milk-boosting foods into a smoothie is a quick way for a busy nursing mother to get all of the nutrients she needs, but remember, there's more to milk-making than sucking down the occasional shake. “Most important is staying well hydrated, getting as much rest as possible, and draining your breasts frequently, either by direct nursing or with a breast pump," says. Dr. Cutler.
Of course, smoothies are a great way to stay hydrated, too. It's fun to mix and match ingredients and try to come up with some tasty supply-boosting smoothies. But, if you don't have the time to experiment, these bloggers and YouTubers have perfected nine unique and delicious lactation smoothie recipes to help make breastfeeding a breeze.