Sometimes, what a woman eats can affect her milk supply. It helps to ingest lactogenic foods, foods that help promote healthy lactation in nursing women.
Barley Grass & Barley Water
Barley grass and barley water are considered “green foods” that help promote thicker, more nutrient rich breastmilk. Barley water is available in health food stores in fresh form, pill form, and juice form.
Carrots, Beets & Yams
Carrot seed and carrots have been shown to act as glactologues, and are packed full of beta-carotene. Beets and yams are also shown to act as galactologues, and are a great source of iron and other minerals.
Grains and Legumes
Grains and legumes are probably the more popular of the lactogenic foods, with oats being the most commonly use food to increase milk supply. Legumes, such as chickpeas, mung beans and lentils act as galactologues.
As simple as it may sound, eating a boal of oatmeal, munching on an oatmeal bar, or snacking on some oatmeal cookies, may help increase your milk supply. Many women report a small, but noticeable increase in their milk supply, when oatmeal is incorporated in their diet on a fairly frequent basis.
Sea-salt, Gomasio, Dill, Caraway, Marjoram, Basil, Garlic & Fennel
Using spices like sea salt, dill, caraway, gomasio, marjoram, basic, garlic and fennel can help increase your milk supply, as all of these spices are known to act as galactagogues.
There are some foods that nursing women should avoid, as they may have a negative impact on milk supply.
Fried, Fatty Foods
Avoid fried fatty foods, and anything with excess grease. Fastfood falls into this category. These foods can be difficult to digest and inhibit milk production.
If you lost a lot of blood during your labor and delivery, you should avoid ginger for a few weeks.
High Sodium Foods
Foods high in sodium can dehydrate you and directly affect your milk supply. Try to watch your sodium intake and take measures to prevent dehydration.
Caffeine may contribute to lowering milk supplies and should be avoided.
Mint, Sage & Parsley
Mint, sage and parsley should be avoided while nursing, as they may negatively impact your milk supply.