As moms, we know you want to be the best mother possible for your baby. When transitioning into the fourth trimester, or the postpartum period, focusing on your nutrition is crucial.
To be the best mom, it’s important to nourish your body with a balanced diet full of colorful fruits and vegetables, healthy fats, the right supplements, and antioxidants from herbs and spices, like turmeric.
Turmeric is an ancient spice has been used for thousands of years in Ayurvedic medicine, but only recently has grown in mainstream popularity. Turmeric is known for its extensive list of benefits, ranging from reducing inflammation to increasing milk supply. It’s no surprise that Turmeric has been coined the “queen of spices,” so it's no wonder it's a key ingredient in our Lactation Booster supplement.
Let’s take a closer look at the incredible reasons why turmeric is good for breastfeeding moms.
What is Turmeric?
Turmeric has a golden vibrant color that’s hard to miss. This root is part of the ginger family and native to India and Southeast Asia. The golden spice has been used in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine for thousands of years to increase milk supply, heal wounds, minimize blemishes, eradicate smallpox, and reduce pain and fatigue among other health conditions.
Now, Turmeric is one of the most extensively researched spices. Research indicates numerous benefits of the spice, including the following properties:
The main active component in Turmeric is the antioxidant Curcumin. This gives the spice it’s unique healing and anti-inflammatory properties, making Turmeric incredibly powerful.
Stress, lack of sleep, and environmental toxins, like pollutants in the air, all tax the body and can increase inflammation. Therefore, regularly incorporating Turmeric into the diet may increase the body’s ability to reduce the constant inflammation that we are all subject to.
8 Potential Benefits of Turmeric for Breastfeeding Moms
Supporting your body with antioxidant-rich Turmeric can help reduce inflammation and optimize wellness. As a breastfeeding mother, here are some ways that you could benefit from this anti-inflammatory spice:
Increased milk supply.
Turmeric has been used in India and other Eastern countries as a galactagogue. While it is not scientifically proven, many moms swear by supplementing their diets with Turmeric to increase milk flow.
Strong immune system.
As a new mom, quality sleep feels non-existent and stress is higher than normal. You aren’t getting the rest and self-care you need to properly manage your stress levels. This fatigue can cause a weakened immune system. Turmeric has antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory properties to help boost your immune system.
Acting as a natural antidepressant, Turmeric provides dopamine to the brain, which might be helpful for mothers with postpartum depression. Studies also show Turmeric may even ease depression by relieving inflammation and oxidative stress in the brain.
Reduced risk of mastitis.
Turmeric’s anti-inflammatory properties may help prevent swollen breast tissue and clogged ducts, which can lead to mastitis.
As a new mom, your digestion might seem sluggish. Turmeric can help get your digestion back to normal by helping stimulate the stomach to produce more gastric acid, which is needed for proper digestion.
It’s natural to feel aches and pains as your body is recovering from giving birth. And, you may feel stiff after sitting in the same position while breastfeeding. Turmeric can help reduce inflammation that causes pain, especially in joints.
Lowered blood sugar.
Turmeric can help stabilize blood sugar. This is important for new moms, as balanced blood sugar can help sustain energy.
“Mommy brain” is a real thing. It’s not easy to keep track of all your to-do lists, feeding schedule, and remember where you put the diapers. Turmeric can help support the parts of the brain associated with learning and memory.
How to Incorporate Turmeric in Your Postpartum Diet
Turmeric is a delicious spice to cook with in curries, soups, and seasonings. It often takes center stage in Indian dishes because of its bold flavor. If you’re new to Turmeric or aren’t keen on it’s flavor, know that you have options!
Try adding it to smoothies, dips like hummus, or quick breads. By adding Turmeric to various recipes, you can mask its flavor while still getting its unique antioxidant benefits. Some other ways to incorporate Turmeric into your diet include:
- Season meats and proteins with turmeric and black pepper
- Make Majka's Lactation Overnight Oats as an easy breakfast
- Have 1-2 Majka’s Lactation Bites as a snack
- Season roasted vegetables with turmeric and other spices
- Enjoy a golden milk latte with Majka’s Lactation Booster
- Add turmeric to homemade salad dressings
- Add turmeric scrambled eggs
- Incorporate Majka’s Nourishing Lactation Powder into your daily routine
Time for Turmeric
Turmeric is a safe, natural spice that you can include in your postpartum diet. Turmeric has many potential benefits for breastfeeding moms, including increased milk supply, pain relief, and reduced depression.
It’s important to remember that nature doesn't give us one single miracle substance. As a new mom, you will benefit from incorporating Turmeric into a balanced postpartum diet.
To help support your overall nutrition, we designed the Majka Nourishing Lactation Protein Powder, Lactation Bites, Lactation Booster and our Lactation Overnight Oats. All of these Majka products contain Turmeric, so you can enjoy the many possible benefits of the spice in a delicious and convenient way!
Amey Fields, founder of AZ Breastfed Babies, has 18 years of experience as a Labor and Delivery Nurse and 8 years of experience as a Lactation Consultant. She offers both in person and virtual breastfeeding and newborn care consultations.