My Lactation Lunch
I have struggled with producing enough milk for my little girl since day one. It might be a combination of things as to why this has been such a challenge for me; perhaps I just don’t have enough breast tissue, my implants hindered some milk production, the fact that I couldn’t pump right away, or that my little girl takes after her father and is a champion eater! I’m really clinging to that last one..
Breast feeding is so amazing and I absolutely LOVE it! But is it also something that brings me the most stress and guilt as a mom. Every time I have to make a formula bottle for my little one, or she cries because she is trying to nurse and nothing is coming out.. I feel like a big fat FAILURE! Since we have been in Japan, my milk supply has gone down even more, and home girl is eating even more than before. Bring on the mom guilt!!! I have been literally hooked up to my pump like a working Bessie, but it hasn’t been making that big of a difference. Everyone has been telling me, just keep pumping and your body will make the adjustment to produce more milk…. well I’m still waiting for that to happen. I decided to focus on my nutrition to help boost my supply. I eat really healthy as is, but there are certain foods that are suppose to help increase your milk production. So here we go.. my lactation lunch:
milk power bowl: brown rice, avocado, almonds, sprouts, dark greens, eggs, cucumber, pulms (these are in season and super yummy, but a swap for apricots or apples would have been great too)
lactation cookies: banana, oats, almond flour, coconut oil, peanut butter, chocolate chips, walnuts, flax seed
tea: mother’s milk tea
Doesn’t this all look devine?! The best part… I made big batches so that I can throw this together in a snap for future meals! LOVE THAT! Convenience is key Mama!
The power bowl is pretty self explanatory, so let me tell you how I made this yummy soup!
This couldn’t be easier!
Carrot Pumpkin Ginger Soup:
4 large carrots
1 small pumpkin (take the seeds out, and remove skin after boiled)
2-3 inches of ginger root
1 tsp cinnamon
4-5 cups of vegetable broth (depending on how think you like it)
Boil the carrots and pumpkin until soft. In a large pot, bring the vegetable broth and ginger to a boil. When the ginger is softened, place it in the blender with some of the soft carrots, pumpkin and a cup of the broth. Blend until smooth. Repeat this until all the carrots and pumpkin are pureed, and everything is combined. Let it simmer on the stove top for about 2-3 minutes. DONE!
Now I have been making this “Lactation Cookies” for forever, I just have been calling them Power Cookies or Breakfast cookies. See this post for the recipe! I seriously eat these all day. The are great to have on hand when you are starving and don’t have time to feed yourself. I make a large batch, and they are seriously gone within 48 hours because my husband likes them too!
Here are a list of foods that are said to promote more milk production: