Super Mom Smoothie
Recently, in between conversations ranging from lack of sleep to baby milestones, I’ve been hearing nursing moms talk about drinking smoothies and making juice to boost their milk supply. This is especially exciting for mothers who struggle with breastfeeding like so many of us do. Looking back, I wish I would have known this when I was a new mom because it is a genius idea. It is quick, nutritious, easy, and delicious.
What should I look for in a Juice?
One way to give your body lactation boosting nutrients is to juice. Vibrant colorful juices can be healthy if they are low-sugar and part of a well-balanced overall diet. It helps if they are mostly vegetable based with only a little bit of fruit for sweetness. For example, using a small amount of lemons and apples can naturally cut strong vegetable flavors, and they are both natural milk boosters. Drinking juice can help you get some extra vitamins in your diet with little effort which is important because they can be an all natural energy drink when life gets busy with a baby. And, it will. ;) Choose 100% juice drinks like we offer at The Juice Cafe, to avoid extra sugar or high fructose corn syrup. Be mindful when choosing a juice as La Leche League has noted citrus to be a common sensitivity for nursing babies. If you must get your orange juice or lemonade fix, watch your baby for any reaction afterward. If you are needing juices throughout the day, let us know. We have a family who orders juice ahead of time to store for a couple of days. Your family can do the same. We can send them home to you in mason jars if you promise to return the jars so that we can wash them and reuse. Freshly made juices can be refrigerated from 24 and no more than 72 hours.
Get yourself a smoothie, Girl!
Smoothies are an excellent way to start the day; even more so when you're a lactating mom! Some mothers find a smoothie made with greens, fruit, almond milk and a fiber or protein source is easy to eat while breastfeeding the baby or soothing a fussy little one. They are portable and you can have them whenever; like for breakfast, lunch, brunch, a snack, at midnight, or at 3am - We both know you'll be up with baby anyway! The key is making them taste good too, without unhealthy ingredients. Most smoothies taste best on the spot, but if necessary they can keep in the fridge up to 48 hours (24 for green smoothies), making them an excellent middle of the night snack.
How Can I take my Smoothie to the Next Level?
There are also some yummy options to add to a smoothie that will increase the nutrient value and overall taste such as vegan protein powder, brewer’s yeast, chia, and nut butters. Brewer’s Yeast is known for nutrients like vitamin B, selenium, and iron. If you have yeast sensitivities or issues, don’t use too much of this powerful ingredient. Chia seeds have a nutty flavor that adds protein, calcium and antioxidants making you feel full, and it curbs cravings. If using Almond Butter or Peanut Butter, make sure to check with your doctor about any allergies or food sensitivities just to be safe. A fresh smoothie made while you wait is pretty awesome. Many of our customers after actually getting out of the house and driving, have small babies who have finally have fallen asleep in the car. Crossing fingers that they don’t wake up, they call us to order their drinks and we deliver them to their cars right outside The Juice Cafe. Let us know if we can help you out in that way.
What are milk boosters and why do I need them?
Eating a nutrient-dense diet of whole grains, protein, healthy fats, fruits and vegetables is best for your body at any stage of life but especially when breastfeeding. There are many foods that are considered supply-boosters. Mixing these milk-boosting foods into a smoothie is a quick way for a busy nursing mother to get all of the nutrients she needs.
Foods containing phytoestrogens such as spinach and flax are thought to promote both breast tissue and lactation, as well. A smoothie is an easy way of incorporating those important greens into your daily routine.
Did you know healthy fats have some of the highest concentrations of energy out of all nutrients? Essential fatty acids, such as coconut oil and nuts, and foods high in omega 3, like flax seeds, increase your energy and hormones to produce more milk supply. Chia seeds will give you added protein and fiber. Fat is essential for hormone production, which will help your body produce a more nutritious breast milk for baby.
Almond milk is your new lactation boosting best friend! It is not only delicious, but also packed with Vitamin E and Omega 3. Omega 3 helps hormones to produce more milk, and Vitamin E heals itching caused by post pregnancy stretch marks. Win-Win!
While all these foods will give you great nutrition and hydration, the brewer’s yeast is the main thing in the smoothie that will help your milk production while breastfeeding.
Upon researching for clients, we have found a great supplement that you can add to your diet from a company called, Legendairy Milk. They offer organic, made in the USA, GMO free supplements for nursing moms. These handy tablets will increase breast milk production. The Poplar Bluff community and surrounding areas can find them at Dille’s Pharmacy! So convenient!!
Do you need some extra energy? Don’t we all?
And what mom doesn’t need a little more energy after having a baby? A smoothie is an easy and delicious way to boost your energy, as well as your breast milk supply. It’s also really important to remember to drink a lot of water while you are nursing. It’s so easy for breastfeeding moms to get dehydrated, even if they think they are drinking plenty. But really breastfeeding moms need almost TWICE the amount of water to keep them healthy and happy, and producing more milk. If you have questions about what to eat while breastfeeding or any other breastfeeding-related questions please contact a LLLC Leader.
So, CHEERS to a delicious way to start your day. Let us help make breastfeeding easier.