Best Lactation Supplements
Many New Moms struggle getting their milk to come in, and while there's lifestyle and diet changes moms can make to assist in this process, many new moms turn to supplementation to increase their milk supply, or to avoid drying out as there are some natural herbs and supplements which can help with both.
OBGYN Kristy Goodman says "The problem with supplements is that because they are not regulated by the FDA, there is not a lot of incentive to study them or fund studies. Most of these things in practice are pretty anecdotal, it's hard to tell if it's helpful or not". When a patient comes to her asking about a particular herb or supplement she typically tells them to use trial and error, and if there is no known or obvious harm, great, if you experience any negative symptoms then stop.
In today's post we're going to be taking a look at some supplements which new moms have found success with and which can easily be taken as a capsule, or added to a morning smoothie and which may help with milk production.
In this post we'll be sharing some single ingredient solutions like Lecithin and Fenegreek, as well as some multivitamins and supplements which can help with the production of milk. Let's start with Bumped Up Postnatal Support which is a spin-off of the popular sports nutrition brand Bucked Up. This formula contains Vitamins A, B, C, D, E, and K, along with minerals and a host of other ingredients like Biotin, Molybdenum, MSM, Hyaluronic Acid, and more. The formula contains 7 staples for lactations support and aims to help stimulate breast milk production. Best of all, it's also manufactured in the USA and is both Vegan and Vegetarian friendly.
Lecithin is a supplement many new moms use to help milk flow, and it's considered to be safe through pregnancy and postpartum. Lecithin can be either Soy Lecithin or Sunflower Lecithin. Lecithin acts as an emulsifier and prevents milk from coagulating in the duct, and is often recommended for women who have chronic plugged ducts or mastitis. Best of all, Lecithin is very affordable, the above Sunflower Lecithin from Now Foods costs just $11.19 for a pound tub and is easy to mix with juices, shakes, or your morning smoothie.
Next on the list is another simple and very affordable supplement, Brewer's Yeast. Brewer's Yeast is full of vitamins and minerals including Iron, B Vitamins, Protein, Chormium, and Selenium to help increase milk production. There's some great recipes online for how to use Brewers Yeast in lactation cookies, smoothies, and other recipes. For those new moms who are gluten free, you'll be pleased to know that Brewer's Yeast does not contain gluten. While we carry Brewer's Yeast from a number of brands, the one above is a very affordable Brewer's Yeast from Now Foods, you can get a 1 pound tub for just $7.99.
Dr. Gina Boling IBCLC, clinical director for the Breastfeeding Center for Greater Washington said she used to recommend Fenegreek for new moms, another popular lactation supplement, but she's been recommending that less and less since discovering Moringa. Moringa has long been used around the world, however in the last few years it's started getting a lot more attention in North America. And while she says it's anecdotal, she says she's seen it do amazing things for some of her clients, and says it's her favorite supplement. Moringa has long been studied and touted for being packed with nutrients, antioxidants, and it has anti-inflammatory properties. Moringa comes in many forms from teas to capsules to powders. The one pictured above is MRM RAW Organic Moringa, of which you can get a 240 gram bag for just $7.99.
As with anyone else, pregnant womena and new moms should check with their doctor or healthcare provider prior to taking any vitamins, minerals, or supplements, however here are some suggestions you may want to bring up and explore with your healthcare provider.