What Nigerian foods can I eat to boost my breast milk production? Honestly, whether you are breastfeeding exclusively or you combine it with formula, it’s highly important that you take this wonderful self-approach to increase the flow of breast milk.
However, lactogenic foods also known as galactogogues are foods or herbs that have been reported to boost breast milk supply.
Here in Nigeria, different cultures and traditions have herbs and “super foods” that have been used over time to help women breastfeed.
Nigeria is a land rich with green and forage, actually the land here is truly green.
With that said, it has been noticed that the major challenge that breastfeeding women or Mums face on their breastfeeding journey is low milk supply.
However, in this blog post, I will rightly share with you the most common Nigerian foods that boost breast milk production for breastfeeding mothers.
Before then, it’s equally important to know that the WHO (World Health Organisation) estimates that only 23 countries in the world have achieved over 60% exclusive breastfeeding rates; and Nigeria isn’t one of them.
In fact, Nigeria is not even close at all and the major contributing factor is none other than Low Milk Supply.
Then the very question; what are Nigerian foods that boost breast milk production? Well, let’s consider top Nigerian foods for breastfeeding mothers.
Here are some common Nigerian foods the will help you solve the challenges faced by low milk supply as a breastfeeding mother.
- Akamu Or Pap
Akamu or pap is a standard practice in most Nigerian homes and no doubt about it. A new mum is given pap to take in place of water.
Whoever discovered this must truly be a genius. People say the lighter the pap, the better. A bowl of pap a day…keeps baby’s cry away
Garlic has a lot of benefits and I believe by now you must have heard the saying that garlic is good for ‘everything’?
I’m beginning to think it’s true. Garlic is a good galactogogue or lactogenic food her Nigeria.
Best taken fresh or combined with the next milk booster
Wherever you see garlic, ginger is usually the next. Both are besties. Grate a clove of garlic with a thumb of ginger and pour in a glass of warm water. Your baby will thank you
Oats have to be the most common lactogenic food ever! Rich in fibre and filled with numerous health benefits, a bowl of oats is a breastfeeding Mama’s joy
- Tiger Nut: Yes ooo you heard that right! It’s not only good as an Aphrodisiac. An aphrodisiac is a substance that increases sexual desire, sexual pleasure, or sexual behaviour.
Tiger nuts are also great for your milk supply. They’re cheap and readily available
Nuts are packed with fatty acids and high calories. Three servings of almonds have been shown to increase milk supply and also improve fat content of breast milk as well
Moringa is hands down the super food of the year! Studies have shown an increase of up to 100% in breast milk supply when used consistently.
It’s no wonder it’s an ingredient in some of our treats. All you need is 2 table spoons of the powder to get you going.
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