Things are always better in color, right? Colorful photos, colorful fashion, colorful makeup palettes, and for today’s extra special treat—colorful galactagogues, or more specifically, the rainbow of galactagogues.
What is a Galactagogue?
Oh galactagogues, how we love you so. If you don’t know what a galactagogue is, here’s the breakdown. Galactagogues—stemming from the Greek term galacta meaning milk—are substances that help increase a nursing mother’s milk supply.
How Do Galactagogues Work?
The natural compounds and properties in these magical milk makers can sometimes mimic hormones that stimulate breast milk production or just give your body the nutrients it needs to boost your milk supply. Galactagogues can be found in herbs, lactogenic foods, or lactation supplements.
Types of Galactagogues
Keep in mind that there isn’t a “prime” way of getting galactagogues into your breastfeeding diet. Herbs (plants and root like turmeric and milk thistle), foods (think spinach or almonds), or supplements (protein powders and teas) are great options and if you have any questions, speak to your lactation consultant for specialized guidance. Whichever option you decide are the best for you, adding these lactogenic foods, herbs, or supplements pumped with galactagogues will help make your breastfeeding life loads easier. And as mamas, we could all use things that make life easier (can we get an amen?).
Because we at Majka are not only concerned about your health and education, but also like when education is presented in the form of dazzling visual eye-candy, we’ve put together this oh-so-pretty guide to the rainbow of galactagogues. In this splashy little guide, you’ll find a colorful assortment of galactagogues and a sprinkling of other handy bits o’ information.
Browns and Blacks
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Yunghans, Regina. “Galactagogue Foods That Have Helped Me Breastfeed Better.” The Kitchn. https://www.thekitchn.com/galactagogue-recipes-that-really-work-recipes-from-the-kitchn-211878.
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If you want more information about things to include in your breastfeeding diet, check out these posts!
- What Should You Include in a Breastfeeding Diet?
- Majka One-Week Breastfeeding Diet Recipe Guide
- Lactogenic Foods for Breastfeeding
- 7 Important Nutrients for Breastfeeding Moms
Let us know how you incorporate galactagogues into your diet in the comments! Tag us in your yummy recipe pics @lovemajka #lovemajka #fuelingmotherhood