My little angel is a little over three months and time is already moving way too quickly. It’s such a treasure to watch her grow every day. I still can’t get over it. She’s here. She has truly completed our little family and I feel so honored to provide for her.
Yet, motherhood never ceases to be a challenge. No matter if it's your first or sixth. It’s DRAINING; you’re constantly being stretched, used and tested. Your sources are depleted. It’s all the more important to take care of yourself so you can fully care for your child.
During this postpartum period, I look for really clean ingredients that help me feel balanced and strong. Many of these ingredients help boost milk supply and an overall healthy body. A lot of these products are influenced by Ayurveda science, which is what my postpartum doula specialized in. A lot of these products have herbs, spices and ingredients from the Ayurveda diet, which encourages a healthy milk supply. It's also important I incorporated good healthy fats, carbs and protein into my diet along with lots of water to be sure I'm getting all of what I need to provide life force and energy for baby, to give her my all since she's taking so much.
Here are some of my favorite products I incorporate into my diet for postpartum lactation support:
Green Dream Superfood + Protein Blend - I crafted this superfood blend with a mama’s need in mind. It came to me while pregnant with Kai because my body didn’t feel like it was getting all the nutrients and substance it needed to support a growing human alongside my own life force. It’s key ingredient, spirulina, is antioxidant-rich and packed with nutrients like vitamin B12, which is especially important for breastfeeding mothers.
Coconut Bliss Coconut Butter - I love, love, love healthy fats! Healthy fats are essential to providing mama and baby with the best nutrition possible. I’m constantly craving a sweet treat and being able to enjoy a spoonful of Coconut Bliss satisfies my craving while still providing essential nutrients to baby girl. Our Berry Bliss blend is a vitamin C powerhouse so I can continue to fight off any sickness while providing for Noa.
Nettle Leaf (Organic) - This dark, leafy green plant is high in iron and is known to stimulate healthy milk production. I add some to my homemade tea blends and drink it throughout the day or when I’m in a mood for it. It combines beautifully with our superfood honey - my favorite combo is nettle leaf and Berry Bee Honey. So calming!
Liquid IV - Did you know 3 out of 4 people are chronically dehydrated? Crazy, right?! Hydration keeps you healthy + functional. Liquid IV helps deliver hydration + other key nutrients rapidly into the bloodstream 2-3x faster than water alone. Liquid IV is the same as drinking 2-3 bottles of water and double the electrolytes as a normal sports drink but half the sugar.
Banyan Fenugreek Seed - Not only does this spice help with digestion and metabolism, but it has a nice pop of flavor that adds a nice quality to any meal. Even better, it helps nourish rasa dhatu (fluids in the body), supporting the healthy production of breast milk and acting as a rejuvenative to the female reproductive system. My doula added this to the Birth Recovery Stew and it was SO good. It can also be seeped as a tea but I enjoy it as a spice in my soups.
MUSH - These overnight oats are so great to grab on the go and are soaked in dairy-free mylk and blended with real, whole ingredients like apple crisp, vanilla bean and cacao. Oats have a strong source of iron making it a great support for lactation. This simple little pleasure is something I can shamelessly grab on my way out the door without the worry that it would later harm baby. It’s a great snack to enjoy whether you’re breastfeeding or not!
Countertop Mother’s Breakfast - Incorporating herbs, spices and supplements that boost milk production is important, but you also need products that boost the quality of your milk supply. It’s where your baby is getting all the essential vitamins and nutrients for a strong, healthy body! I’ve started using Mother’s Breakfast in almost everything - oatmeal, smoothies, teas and coffees. Some of its ingredients include turmeric, fenugreek, ginger, cumin, cardamom and nutmeg.
Majka Bites - I’m OBSESSED with these delicious lactation cookies. They are by far the best lactation cookies I’ve ever had. They are made from entirely natural ingredients and superfoods like chia seeds, coconut, and flaxseed. I take them with me everywhere!
Oat Mama - Granola bars for lactation support? I'm in! These taste so good. Honestly. I'm in love with the s'mores flavor. You don't need to ask me twice to dig into one of these babies for a mid-day snack break. These delish snack bars were started by breastfeeding mamas for mama - I love that. It feels so good to support them and the products are amazing.
Breastfeeding mamas, what are some of your must-have foods and ingredients? Share with me on Facebook using #PhilosophieMama or #PhilosophieLove.