Motherhood is the next phase for women which comes with its own mixed bag of emotions. The urge to nurse the young one is a basic instinct to all living beings. Breast feeding as they say, is a mother’s gift to her child, to herself and to earth. Indian Academy of Paediatrics strongly recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months. Breast milk is an ideal and wholesome meal for infants. It contains IgA antibodies and adequate proportion of vitamins and minerals for complete nourishment of the infant.
Complete lack of or inadequate production of breast milk leads to dip in confidence of mothers. It is considered as the most common cause of postpartum depression. Once the medical causes are ruled out, Complete lack of or inadequate production of breast milk leads to dip in confidence of mothers. It is considered as the most common cause of postpartum depression. Once the medical causes are ruled out, there are few natural remedies to increase breast milk production commonly known as ‘galactogogues’.
1. Oats – It is one of the richest source of beta- glucan which helps in releasing the hormone prolactin. Prolactin is responsible for stimulating the mammary cells as well as helps the uterus to return to shape fast. We can add oats to milk or mix it with our flour to make an oats chappati!
2. Almonds –Almonds are loaded with vitamin E and antioxidants. They serve as a healthy snack and a rich source of proteins and calcium. They help in increasing the production of breast milk as well as add on to the creaminess and sweetness of the milk.
3. Fresh ginger root– Ginger is an organic herb loaded with multimineral and micro nutrients. It helps in the ‘Let – down reflex’ of the milk. It can be consumed as ginger water or adding fresh ginger root to the tea. Apart from milk production it also aids in digestion.
Breastfeeding is associated with numerous benefits both to mother and the offspring. It helps in improving the mother-child bond as well aids in developing fine and motor skills in children.
About the Author
Dr Nidhi Gupta has completed her MD from the prestigious DY Patil University Pune. A cardio metabolic expert for 7 years with a keen interest in mother & child nutrition and hormonal imbalance. She is the co-founder of Aloemaa. Her vast experience on managing post-partum skin and nutrition issues of mothers has played a pivotal role in the inception of the brand. She writes several blog posts on the emerging nutrition and skin problem and the solutions on the same on her website www.aloemaa.com