Motherhood is a blessing that comes with quite a few challenges. Even while battling post-partum depression, sleepless nights many new moms face a tough time breastfeeding their newborn.
Every year, WABA, WHO and UNICEF celebrate the World Breast Feeding Week from August 1 to 7 to create more awareness about the benefits of breastfeeding during the first six months of the new-borns life. some natural herbs that have been used since ancient times to boost lactation.
Coined as a powerful galactagogue, Shatavari also known as the “Queen of herbs”, holds high significance for lactating women to boost the secretion of milk from the mammary glands. On daily consumption, this herb or any of its formulation help increase the production of prolactin and corticoids, which help produce breast milk, which in turn improves lactation and the quality of breast milk. This is extremely beneficial towards the young ones since breast milk is ideal for their nourishment and helps to strengthen their immune system.
Consume 1 tbsp of Shatavari powder infused in milk at night to boost lactation.
Call it methi or fenugreek, the cuboidal seeds of the Trigonella foenum-graecum plant has powerful lactating properties and hence has been used since ancient times as an alternative remedy for women with poor milk production. The presence of bioactive components, diosgenin and phytoestrogen bestows the herb its galactagogue properties and hence makes them great for the mothers who wish to enhance their breast milk supply.
Brew a cup of fenugreek tea by boiling the seeds in water and then straining them to get the solvent part. Add a tsp of honey and a pinch of turmeric to enhance the taste and consume it thrice a day to promote lactation.
Owing to galactagogue property that facilitates the production of prolactin in new moms, the Milk thistle or Mary thistle holds high significance in inducing lactation and promotes the production of milk. Additionally, it also helps in eliminating toxins from the body and functions as a terrific tonic for the liver. This flowering plant portrays estrogenic properties and hence helps in controlling mood swings and assists in coping with post-partum depression.
Fennel seeds, commonly known as saunf is an excellent choice for increasing the production of breast milk in new moms. The abundance of phytoestrogen, a hormone similar to estrogen in women induces the production of prolactin which in turn triggers the mammary glands to secrete an ample amount of milk sufficient for the newborn. Additionally, if the mother takes fennel seeds, it gets passed through the breast milk to the infant and this is found to be quite beneficial in improving digestion and soothing symptoms of colic in the newborn.
You can directly have a tsp of roasted fennel seeds after meals or brew it in the form of tea and consume it twice a day.
Cinnamon, also known as “Dalchini” in Hindi, is an aromatic herb that not only enhances the taste of various cuisines but also nourishes the new mom with innumerable benefits. From enhancing digestion, augmenting skin health, delaying periods after child birth and inducing milk secretion, the aromatic bark from Cinnamomum verum tree is a quintessential ingredient required to be stocked up by every new mom for its immense health benefits. It is believed that the potent galactagogue action of this spice not only promotes milk supply but also somehow enhances the taste of milk.
Mix a tsp of cinnamon powder in warm milk or water, add a dollop of honey in it and have this ayurvedic tonic twice a day for enhancing lactation.
FROM AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR DR GOVIND SHUKLA, NUTRITION EXPERT
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Govind Shukla, Specializes in Pharmacology, Toxicology, Nutraceuticals & Herbal Drugs has published More than 100 research papers in National & International Journals. He is also a reviewer of International Journal of Pharmacology & pharmacotherapeutics, Chief editor of IJPNR Journal & Freelance Medical Writer for Different publication Groups including Lambert Academic Publishing Saarbrucken, Germany.