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 caffe 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.
There are many foods and herbs that are considered milk-boosters. According to Belly Belly, fenugreek, oats, brewer's yeast, and nuts can all increase lactation. Spinach and flax contain phytoestrogens which is thought to promote lactation, as well. Combining milk-boosting foods into a smoothie is a quick way for a busy nursing mother to get all of the nutrients she needs.
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 have perfected nine unique and delicious lactation smoothie recipes to help make breastfeeding easier.
1. Banana Chai Spiced Lactation Smoothie
I'm a huge fan of chai lattes and thanks to Oat Mama, there is a banana chai spiced lactation smoothie recipe that brings the chai flavor into the summer. As an added bonus, the recipe includes fenugreek that can help increase the milk supply of nursing mamas.
2. Green Monkey Lactation Smoothie
Breastfeeding moms need energy, and Bloom and Nourish's green monkey lactation smoothie recipe combines phytoestrogens for milk-making and essential fatty acids for energy into a delicious drink.
3. Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Lactation Smoothie
Mama Curtiss's dark chocolate peanut butter lactation smoothie recipe is like drinking a peanut butter cup. With oats and flax it will give you a morning boost and help pump up your milk supply.
4. Nutella Lactation Smoothie
Lemons and Laughs found a way to incorporate the delicious spread into a her Nutella lactation smoothie recipe. Now you can have your fix and not feel guilty about it.
5. Yummy Fruit Smoothie for Breastfeeding Moms
The Jessie K added brewer's yeast into her healthy smoothie recipe for breastfeeding moms to stimulate milk production. Her secret for making this smoothie thick? Use a frozen banana instead of ice.
6. Pumpkin Pie Lactation Smoothie
Little Lovlies' pumpkin pie lactation smoothie recipe will have you dreaming of fall this summer. Brewer's yeast and flaxseed combined make this smoothie a nursing mama's best friend.
7. Oatmeal Banana Lactation Smoothie
Oats are great for boosting your milk supply, and Shine Fresh's oatmeal banana lactation smoothie is like your childhood breakfast in a cup.
8. Milk Boosting Lactation Smoothie
Diary of a First Time Mom's milk boosting lactation smoothie recipe includes my two favorite smoothie ingredients, strawberries and bananas along with the milk-stimulating brewer's yeast, steel-cut oats and flaxseed. Excuse me while I make one right now.
9. The Ultimate Lactation Smoothie
This ultimate lactation smoothie from Feed Me Mama includes everything you need for energy and a healthy milk supply including fenugreek. It's also the only recipe on this list to includes apples, an uncommon, but so delicious addition to the typical smoothie.