How To “Pump”-Kin Up Your Milk Supply
By Cindy Puppos | October 22, 2018
Fall is in the air. The long, warm days of summer are giving way to the cool crisp days of fall and, of course, no fall season can be complete without the addition of pumpkin flavored everything to your life. To welcome the season, we have several recipes to share that will not only taste delicious but also have the added bonus of helping to increase your milk supply. So grab a pen and paper and make a list of all the ingredients you’ll need to “pump”-kin up your supply
One of the most well-known foods to do this is oatmeal. We love that it’s a great milk supply booster because it’s relatively inexpensive and readily available. Even if you aren’t a big fan of oatmeal, we highly suggest trying this pumpkin oatmeal recipe. The rich flavor of the pumpkin puree along with the sweetness of the maple syrup and spiciness of the cinnamon make this the ultimate fall comfort food.
If you’re in the mood for something even a little sweeter, you should try this sweet potato and pumpkin casserole. In addition to being a good source of fiber, sweet potatoes are a great source of beta carotene, which is known to help boost supply. They also contain magnesium, which acts as a muscle relaxant and can help during the letdown process. This recipe is meant as a side dish, but after one bite you’ll agree that it might qualify as a guilt-free dessert!
Of course, most nursing moms have heard of the wide variety of lactation cookies, which contain ingredients specifically designed to help boost your supply. For a fall spin on this idea, we recommend these tasty pumpkin chocolate chip loctation muffins. What we really like about this recipe is that it’s flexible. Packed with chia seeds, flaxseed meal, eggs, and yeast this recipe has almost every supply-boosting ingredient there is - but if you don’t have those on hand or you aren’t a fan of some of the items, you can leave them out and still have a nutritious muffin that will help you in your nursing journey.
As always, here at 1NaturalWay we want to support your breastfeeding journey in every way possible. Although we specialize in helping you navigate your insurance coverage a related to breast pumps, we are passionate about breastfeeding and offer a myriad of support as you give your baby the best start to their life.
About the Author
Cindy Puppos is 1 Natural Way's Customer Service Supervisor, so she has a good idea of all the different and wonderful questions that moms have for her team. Thankfully, as the mother of two boys (who are now grown!) and a veteran of the company and breastfeeding, Cindy is always knowledgeable about breastfeeding, pumping and all the latest and greatest pumps!