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What’s The Best Protein Shake For Breastfeeding Moms?

What’s The Best Protein Shake For Breastfeeding Moms?

Jan 30, 2019

Us moms are always on the go, and we can use all of the protein and nutrients we can get! This is especially the case for new and breastfeeding mamas, as nutrition plays an important role in recovery and milk supply.

Protein shakes and powders are a quick and easy way to get a daily boost of nutrition and essential proteins--but are they safe for breastfeeding moms? Read along to learn all about the benefits of protein shakes, essential nutrients you need postpartum, and 4 nutritious shake lactation recipes!

Is It Safe To Drink Protein Shakes While Breastfeeding?

The answer is yes! It’s recommended that moms who are pregnant or nursing consume at least 25 extra grams of protein a day. This may seem a little daunting for some, but there are plenty of ways to safely increase your daily protein intake.

Protein powders are a quick and easy way to add a boost of protein and nourishment into your diet. While they are safe, it's important to note that many protein powders on the market contain artificial sweeteners, fillers, thickeners and gums--which should be avoided!

The good news is that our Majka Nourishing Lactation Protein Powder is vegan, non-GMO, dairy and soy free, alkaline, and contains no artificial sweeteners. Also, it is not just a good source of protein, but also a complete postnatal vitamin. So don’t worry mama--we've got you covered!

Benefits Of Protein Shakes For Breastfeeding Moms

A lot of new moms prefer protein shakes because they are super easy and packed full of nutrients. Some additional benefits include:

  • Moms are commonly deficient in protein, so they’re a great way to add an extra boost of protein
  • Quick & easy to make
  • Great for taking on the go
  • You can easily add other superfood ingredients
  • They taste great and can satisfy your sweet tooth!

Protein Shakes and Smoothie Recipes For Breastfeeding Moms

We understand that as new mom, you have a lot on your plate. It may seem like there’s not enough time in the day to make sure you’re getting in your daily nutrition. So, we created some super easy and yummy smoothie recipes using our Majka Nourishing Lactation Protein Powder to ensure getting your daily intake of nutrition is a breeze!  

Green Lactation Smoothie

Easy lactation boosting smoothie recipe for moms - Majka

 Ingredients:
  • 1 cup of milk of choice (I prefer almond milk)
  • 3 TBSP of oats
  • 1 small frozen banana
  • ⅛ - ¼ of an avocado fresh
  • 2 big handfuls of spinach
  • 1 scoop Majka Lactation Protein Powder
  • Drizzle of raw honey for topping

Directions:

  1. Blend everything together in a high-powered blender except for the honey. Blenders very, and depending you may want to slowly add a little more milk 1 TBSP at a time if needed.
  2. Pour into your glass and drizzle with a little raw honey on top. The honey adds a little extra sweet flavor that runs through each sip. This is a trick I learned with coffee as a barista, and I use it for my smoothies.

 

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Strawberry Beet Lactation Smoothie

Lactation boosting smoothie recipes for breastfeeding moms - Majka

 Ingredients:
  • 2-3 tsp beetroot powder
  • ½ frozen banana
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 scoop Majka Nourishing Lactation Protein Powder

    Directions:

    1. Add beetroot powder, frozen banana, strawberries, chia seeds, vanilla extract, almond milk, and Majka Nourishing Lactation Protein Powder into the blender
    2. Blend until smooth, pour, and enjoy!

     

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    Lactation Carrot Cake Smoothie

    Quick and healthy smoothie recipes for breastfeeding moms - Majka

      Ingredients:
    • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
    • Handful of spinach
    • 1/3 frozen banana
    • 1 carrot
    • 1 tsp vanilla
    • 1 tbsp MCT oil or coconut oil
    • 1 scoop Majka Lactation Powder

    Directions:

    1. Combine all ingredients and blend, pour, and enjoy!

     

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    The Ultimate Lactation Smoothie

    Majka protein powder

     Ingredients:
    • 1 cup almond milk
    • 1/4 cup oats
    • 1/2 banana
    • 1/2 cup spinach
    • 1 tbsp MCT oil or coconut oil
    • 1 tbsp almond butter
    • 1 tsp chia seed
    • 1 tsp flaxseed
    • 1 scoop of Majka Nourishing Lactation Powder
    • 1 tsp vanilla
    • Optional: any sweetener if needed, preferably 1/4 tsp of monk fruit

     Directions:

    1. Blend all ingredients together for a jolt in lactation superpowers.

     

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    What Makes Our Majka Nourishing Lactation Protein Powder Effective?

    The Best Protein Powder For Breastfeeding Moms

    Our Majka Nourishing Lactation Protein Powder is a delicious way to make great tasting lactation shakes and supply your body with that extra protein your body is craving.

    However, our powder provides so much more than just protein. While protein is important, it's recommended that new moms take in a wide variety of nutrients as well. With just one scoop of our powder, your body will be supplied with a complete postnatal vitamin and tons of essential nutrients. 

    Majka Organic Protein Blend

    Women who are breastfeeding require nearly twice as much protein as non-pregnant, non-nursing women in order to maximize healthy milk supply. Our organic Majka protein blend incorporates three organic vegan sources, including Organic Pea Protein, Organic Rice Protein, and Organic Chia Seed Protein which are all carefully third party tested for heavy metals.

    Majka Lactation Blend

    Galactagogues in our natural lactation blend have been used for centuries and are said to counter mineral loss and soon after consumption. Our signature Lactation Blend contains organic ginger root, turmeric root extract, sesame seed, caraway seed, clove flower, and fennel seed.

    Majka Fruit + Greens Blend

    Consuming a variety of fruits and vegetables significantly reduces the likelihood of contracting or developing many diseases, cancers, and more. Our blend is made up of over 18 fruits and veggies to keep you at your healthiest!

    Digestive Enzyme Blend

    Nutrition is more than simply eating the right foods. Unless properly digested and absorbed, the nutrients you intake don’t do much good. Our plant-based digestive enzymes help break down foods in the digestive system to increase nutrient and protein absorption. These enzymes also prevent inflammation, colic symptoms, and food allergies in infants.

    Prebiotic + Probiotic Blend

    Unlike many protein powders on the market, Majka’s Nourishing Lactation Powder is easy to digest thanks to the prebiotic and probiotic blend. This blend is known to  boost mother and baby’s immune systems,help eliminate toxins, and has anti-inflammatory properties that may help fight against various diseases.

    Nutrition For Breastfeeding Moms

    Majka Lactation Protein Powder for Breastfeeding - Majka

    Did you know that when you are breastfeeding, your body requires more calories and nutrients because of all the energy your body consumes when producing milk?

    We put together a list for you of important nutrients your body needs while breastfeeding.

    Protein

    Protein is an important part of any diet, especially for pregnant and nursing moms. It’s often referred to as the ‘building blocks of life’ because it breaks down into different amino acids, which are needed by the cells in our bodies. Protein provides energy, supports hormone production, maintains muscle, boosts immunity, and more. Nursing moms are said to need almost double the amount of non-nursing women, so it’s important to include protein in every meal. With 13g of protein in one serving, our Nourishing Lactation Powder contains 26% of your daily value (based on a 2,000 calorie diet).

    Vitamin A

    The list of benefits offered by vitamin A include healthy bone growth, good vision, cell division and growth, skin health, immune system support, and more. Breast milk itself is rich in vitamin A, as it is needed by baby for optimal health, growth, and development. Vitamin A passes through breast milk and also reduces infection in infants. Due to its critical role, it is essential for breastfeeding moms to meet their recommended dietary intake of vitamin A of 1200-1300 mcg daily (the exact amount is dependent on age). Majka’s Nourishing Lactation Powder contains 100% of your daily value in one serving.

    Vitamin C

    Vitamin C plays a key role in tissue growth and repair, making it necessary for proper development of a breastfeeding infant. It also plays an important role in the growth of bones, teeth and collagen, cartilage, tendons, and ligaments while also boosting immunity. Vitamin C is water-soluble and passes into breast milk, so it is essential for nursing moms to meet their recommended dietary intake of 120 mg daily. Additionally, our Vitamin C comes from the Alma Berry (one of the highest sources of food-based Vitamin C) versus Ascorbic Acid (a synthetic form of Vitamin C), which a majority of companies use. One serving has over 100% os the RDV.

    Folate

    Folate aids in the growth of proper brain and nervous system development. However, 30-40% of women are unable to metabolize the synthetic folate (folic acid) found in many products. Because of this, Majka products use methylfolate, an active form of folate that is easily absorbed and metabolized by the body. Our powder offers 100% of the recommended DV.

    Calcium

    Calcium is needed by the body to build and maintain strong bones. Your heart, muscles, and nerves rely on calcium to function properly, and it has also been shown to fight against cancer, high blood pressure, and diabetes. Breastfeeding moms have a storage of calcium in their bones, and if they aren’t getting enough, the body will take from this supply in order to nourish their infant. For this reason, it’s recommended for all mothers between the ages of 18-50 to receive 1,000 mg of calcium daily. Our Nourishing Lactation Powder was designed with this in mind, providing 200 mg per serving.

    Iodine

    A trace element, iodine plays an important role in growth and development of the body. Roughly 60% of iodine found in the body is stored in the thyroid gland, helping it to secrete thyroid hormones that control the base metabolic rate of the body. Iodine is necessary for pregnant women, as it can help to prevent stillbirths or neurocognitive conditions in newborn babies and ensure proper movement and growth of the baby along with the development of speech and hearing abilities. Iodine also passes into breast milk, so it’s crucial for moms to meet their recommended daily intake of 220 mcg while pregnant and 290 mcg while breastfeeding. A nursing mom can lose more than her required dose each day, which is why our Nourishing Lactation Powder contains 150 mcg of iodine (from kelp leaves) per serving.

    Magnesium

    Magnesium is packed with benefits, as it can help to increase energy levels, calm nerves, help you to fall asleep, promote healthy digestion, relieve muscle aches and pains, promote heart health, and more. Since the body cannot produce magnesium on its own, it has to come from the outside, which means babies have to get it from breast milk. Therefore, it’s recommended that pregnant and breastfeeding women get 20% more magnesium per day than the average person. Our Nourishing Lactation Powder contains 50 mg of magnesium per serving, which is13% of the daily value. Additionally, the magnesium contained in our formula is chelated, which means inorganic minerals have been binded with organic compounds to provide more stability, bioavailability, and better absorption in the body.

    Zinc

    Zinc is a powerful trace element that increases immunity, balances hormones, fights diabetes, increases fertility, helps with muscle growth and repair, and more. Zinc is necessary for the proper growth and development of your baby, so during lactation, your body has increased zinc requirements in order to keep up with your baby’s needs. The nutrients found in breast milk come from your own stores, so having poor zinc levels going into pregnancy or nursing will put you at risk for deficiency. The recommended dietary allowance for zinc while nursing is 12 mg daily, and our Nourishing Lactation Powder contains 15 mg of chelated Zinc per serving.

    Copper

    Copper helps the body to form collagen, absorb iron, improve the health of connective tissues, hair, and eyes, produce energy, and more. Copper deficiency can lead to anemia, brittle bones, elevated cholesterol levels, and birth defects. During pregnancy, copper is essential to forming your baby’s heart, blood vessels, and skeletal and nervous systems. Therefore, it’s recommended that pregnant women receive 1 mg per day and breastfeeding women receive 1.3 mg per day. One serving of our Nourishing Lactation Powder contains 1 mg of chelated copper.

    Manganese

    Manganese supports bone health, is needed for antioxidant and enzyme function, maintains cognitive function, fights diabetes, balances iron levels, and more. This nutrient plays a big role in maternal health and fetal development, so it’s recommended that pregnant women receive 2 mg daily and breastfeeding women receive 2.6 mg daily. One serving of our Nourishing Lactation Powder contains 2.3 mg of chelated manganese.

    Chromium

    Chromium is a mineral the body needs to maintain healthy blood sugar levels. It’s recommended that adults receive between 25-35 mg of chromium daily, yet nearly 90% of Americans have low-chromium diets. Our Nourishing Lactation Powder contains 35 mcg of chelated chromium in one serving.

    Sodium

    Sodium is an electrolyte that plays an important role in enzyme operations and muscle contraction. Health benefits include improved heart performance, controlled blood pressure, nervous system functionality, and glucose absorption. Our Nourishing Lactation Powder contains 174 mcg of sodium.

    Flaxseed

    Flaxseed contains phytoestrogens that can influence breast milk production and it is a known galactagogue. It’s a high fiber superfood that supports healthy digestion and metabolizes nutrients, increases energy, and boosts collagen production. 

    Sweet Potato Root

    Sweet potatoes are an amazing source of vitamin A, carotenoids, and potassium. Breastfed babies depend on their mother’s intake of vitamin A for growth and development, and one medium-sized sweet potato meets almost the entire recommendation of vitamin A for a nursing mom. 

    Choline 

    Choline is a form of Vitamin B. During pregnancy, choline is most commonly known to help the development of the baby’s nervous system, protection against stress or metabolic disorders. While nursing, choline in breast milk is directly linked to the mother’s current levels of choline. This makes the importance of having choline as an ingredient in your postnatal vitamin essential. Our Nourishing Lactation Protein Powder contains 500 mg of choline.

    Polyphenols

    Polyphenols are a plant compound found in different fruits vegetables, with strong antioxidant properties. Not only do they have antioxidants that fight against oxidative stress, but they are known to prevent degenerative diseases. Found in our Nourishing Lactation Protein Powder is an organic polyphenol blend of amla fruit extract, wild blueberry, cranberry, raspberry, strawberry, prune, cherry, wild bilberry, grape and apple.

    Methylated Vitamin B12 

    Vitamin B12 helps healthy levels of red blood cells. Methylated Vitamin V12 is the natural occurring source of b12 for optimal nutrient absorption. Low levels of Vitamin B12 have been linked to brain development impairment and neurological issues. B12 passes from mama into breast milk and to baby, so there needs to be a sufficient amount of B12 to pass on to baby. There are 10 mcg of methylated Vitamin B 2 in the Nourishing Lactation Protein Powder. 

    Vitamin D3

    Because both mothers and babies aren’t usually exposed to sunlight for a while post-birth, vitamin D levels are low. Breast milk is plentiful in natural vitamins and antibodies, but is on the lower end of vitamin D sufficiency. There’s 500% of the daily value in the Nourishing Lactation Protein Powder at 2,000 IU. 

      Wondering how to incorporate these nutrients in your diet? Be sure to check our our Breastfeeding Diet Guide and Restore & Replenish Grocery Guide, which includes 22+ recipes!

      Are You Ready To Boost Your Nutrition?

      There you have it! Your complete guide to protein lactation shakes and nutrition for new and breastfeeding moms! You can find plenty of other delicious recipes on our blog, and you can shop our Majka Nourishing Lactation Protein Powder right here on our site!

      Get a head start on your nutrition by trying a nourishing Majka smoothie at home. Tap the link below to get 4 delicious smoothie recipes to fuel your motherhood sent right to your inbox!

      Did you try out any of these recipes at home? Let us know in the comments and tag us in your smoothie pics on Instagram using #lovemajka! Don’t forget that orders over $75 ship for free, so now is a great time to stock up on your fav products!

       

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