I’m not a breastfeeding professional at all, but I wanted to share what has been working for me; especially as a first time mom. I don’t know about you, but my mom is very superstitious (I think it’s an asian thing). She kept telling me that once the baby is here, I have to eat soup and take malunggay.
Well…. 2 months of motherhood and I have to say that I’ve been blessed with a great milk supply and a hungry/latching baby. Since day 1 I’ve had malunggay in different forms:
Tea: I just take the leaves and put it in a tea infuser and add it to hot water. Viola! Instant tea. I usually drink a cup in the morning.
Soups: Add the leaves into your soups. I’ve had so much soup the first month that I got sick of it. Especially the leftovers! But food cannot go to waste, so I had to finish it (also with the help of the hubby).
Capsules: You can either buy this on Amazon or if you have a health conscious dad like mine; make it yourself! My dad gave me a supply of malunngay pills he made (Filipino Walter White?).
Which one do I prefer? The capsules of course! I take 2 pills a day and I’ve felt a difference instantly. The tea and soups are great to change things up a bit, but if you can get your hands on malunggay/moringya pills, I highly recommend it!
So what is malunggay?
It’s also known as moringa or the miracle tree. It’s known to be a superfood since it contains over 90 nutrients and 46 types of antioxidants. So not only is it good for breastfeeding moms, it’s also good for anyone!
Benefits of malunggay for breastfeeding moms:
- Get more nutrients, minerals, vitamins and protein than most vegetables
- High in iron so it is great to increase milk supply
- Boosts your immune system – you don’t want to get sick while nursing your newborn!
Other foods that I’ve been eating/adding to my diet:
Oatmeal: Every morning I would make a bowl of old fashion oats with my malunggay tea. Drizzle some honey and add fresh fruit and that’s my instant breakfast. I don’t know if the oatmeal has made a difference, but from what I’ve researched it helps.
Greek Yogurt: This has always been my go to snack even before I got pregnant. I ate it more during my pregnancy since it’s high in protein and good for you! Again, I add some honey and some fruit since I get the huge tub of the Plain Fage Greek Yogurt from Costco (it’s a lifesaver!).
Carrots: Another healthy snack that I would eat in the afternoon.
Water: You can never drink enough water. I thought I was constantly drinking water during pregnancy, well I find myself drinking even more after I breastfeed.
These are a few things that have been helping me with breastfeeding, so let’s see how long my supply will last. I’m aiming for 6-9 months!
Again, I’m not a pro on breastfeeding, but if you are having trouble with your milk supply..give any of this a try!