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Boob food: Drinks

Beer and other drinks to improve breastfeeding. Happy Hour for moms!

Do you know that beer increases breastmilk supply? A friend’s mom from Egypt told me this ancient secret, but I never liked the taste of beer so I didn’t try it. Until my milk was drying out and no soup nor teas nor pumping and breast massages helped. Desperate, I chugged a cup of beer. My milk fairy did come back!

There are many drinks with boob food ingredients that can improve the quality and quantity of breast milk. Tap here to know why they work.

Boob Food: Drinks

Beer and other drinks to improve breastfeeding

Fenugreek Tea. A 2018 study revealed fenugreek significantly increase in milk production. It is rich in phytoestrogens, plant chemicals similar to estrogen. Simply steep 1 teaspoon of whole fenugreek seeds in a cup of boiling water for about 15 minutes. You may add ginger and turmeric for added breast milk pow-wow. Drink this 2-3x a day.

Moringa Chicken Soup. One of the most nutrient-dense food in the world, Moringa Leaf has been scientifically proven to increase breast milk supply. Try this well-loved soup from the Philippines. Boil a whole chicken in water with a stub of ginger. Add green chili and sliced green papaya if you can find it (tasty and another boob food). Once everything softens, add lots of Moringa leaves. Season to taste.

Coconut oil. Add a tablespoon or 2 of virgin coconut oil to your smoothie or coffee. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition discovered that adding coconut oil in a lactating mom’s diet boosts Monolaurin in breast milk by 300%, this is a wonder nutrient that gives breast milk its healing pow-wow. (Bebebalm is made of premium virgin coconut oil AND enriched with even more plant-based lMonolaurin. No wonder it’s so awesome for skin health.)

Dark Chocolate Drink. It is rich in theobromine that’s been found to increase breast milk supply. In traditional Chinese medicine, new moms must take dark chocolates daily for at least a month. NO HONEY please if your baby is below 12 months old. Sweeten with brown sugar or muscovado sugar instead.

Beer. Did you know that beer was originally brewed by monks as a nutritional supplement? Beer can increase prolactin--the hormone that stimulates milk production. Dark, hoppy beers are supposedly better, but light Chinese beers worked just as well for me. Take one cup two hours before breastfeeding, to prevent alcohol transfer to breast milk. Or drink non-alcoholic beers.

Live Fish Soup. You know you’re Chinese if you’re fed with milky fish soup daily on the first month of giving birth. The fish must be alive at the time of cooking; it is believed that the more feisty and strong the fish, the better for the mother. This is simmered with ginger in low fire for hours, until the soup turns into a milky color. Season to taste. Only the soup is drank by the lactating mother.

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