Yippee its official – Summer has finally arrived.
Yes that’s right, yesterday was our summer solstice and we had an incredible 16 hours of brilliant sunshine here on the south coast and it was HOT HOT HOT!! Plus its THE WEEKEND!
So – what better way to celebrate than by getting my smoothie maker out and creating some delicious, refreshing and cooling smoothies. I know; I certainly know how to live on the edge right………….
These smoothies however, pack a little more punch in the sense that they contain some special ingredients which are said to boost your milk supply.
All women differ during pregnancy but the breasts may start to produce milk weeks or even months before you are due to have your baby. ( TMI alert ) The leaky stuff that happens when you squeeze your nipples, ( come on ladies – you know you’ve tried it just to see how far it’ll shoot across the room) no…… just me? Okay then – well that stuff is usually colostrum which is the first milk your breasts make in preparation and the first milk your little bubba will get in the days following their birth.
It normally takes around three days for your milk to come in and your breasts will start to feel full, and if you’re anything like I was post birth, you’ll cry and then cry some more, then you’ll stop crying, then you’ll start crying again and so on and so on for the next five years. Only kidding.
I wish I had known about these smoothies when I was madly expressing my pitiful supply of milk, so I would love to hear from any of you who do try these to see what effect it has.
Oh and interesting FRIDAY FACT – apparently the right breast supplies more milk than the left. Didn’t know that until yesterday but as my hubby always tells me
” everyday’s a school day “
I’ve read a lot of information on the benefits of fenugreek and there seems to be many differing claims of its benefits with some women declaring it drastically increased their milk supply whilst others saying its only anecdotal evidence that support those claims.
Fenugreek – one of the best and strongest herbs for increasing milk production. When taken in very large amounts, Fenugreek is also used for lowering blood sugar levels, and is, therefore, not recommended for use by diabetics or those who are on strict insulin regimens to regulate their blood sugar levels. It also works on the digestive system, and in a small percentage of people, it may cause gas in either the mother or baby. Many mothers of adopted babies have successfully used this herb to help establish a breastmilk supply to feed their adopted babies. Fenugreek is not recommended for use during pregnancy as it can cause uterine activity. Fenugreek must be used with consistency for best results, otherwise it can negatively affect or decrease milk production.
If you’re concerned speak with a professional before hand, remember every pregnancy and every woman is different. What might work and be acceptable for one may not be right for the mama next door.
If you have serious concerns about your milk supply once baby arrives or feel unsure about anything, please speak to your midwife, nurse, doctor or lactation consultant to get a professional opinion. Please don’t struggle in silence.
Also remember these smoothies aren’t going to work in boosting that milk supply until you’re close to delivery and/ or in the days following birth but they will be great at boosting your energy during pregnancy and definitely will help you following birth to keep your energy levels up, keep your digestive tract moving and to generally make you feel a little bit better, which can only be a win win.
The following smoothies can all be modified to suit and if you feel happy to add fenugreek to the smoothies after birth please add 1/4 tsp ground seeds to each serving.
The following are all amazing ingredients that can easily be added to your smoothies and that have been known to help in increasing your milk supply.
- Cashew Nuts
- Brewers Yeast – after pregnancy
Banana and Oatmeal Smoothie
- 1 cup almond milk / oat milk
- 1 frozen banana
- 2 tablespoons of oat meal
- 1 tablespoon rolled oats
- 1/2 tsp of mixed spice
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
Green Lactation Booster
- 1/2 cup almond milk
- 1/2 cup coconut milk
- 2 tablespoons flax-seed
- 4 Medjool dates, pitted
- 2 large handfuls of fresh washed spinach
- 1 cup strawberries
Blend all the ingredients in your smoothie maker or nutribullet and serve over ice and enjoy!
Strawberry Milk Booster
- 1 Banana
- 400 ml of oat milk
- 1 cup of strawberries
- 2 tablespoons of flaxseed
1/2 tablespoon of Chia seeds
Combine all the ingredients together in your smoothie maker and serve.
Cashew and Blueberry Surprise
- 400ml of almond milk
- 30grams of cashew nuts
- 1/2 cup of frozen blueberries
- 1 tablespoon of flaxseed
- 1 tablespoon of oats
You guessed it; combine all the ingredients in a smoothie maker and serve immediately in a tall glass.
Please let me know how you get on, I’d love to hear what you think and if you find anything else that works, let us know and share.