5 all-natural drinks to increase breast milk supply

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Here are five commonly used ingredients you can use to make all-natural confinement drinks to increase breast milk supply

As a new mum, you might wonder about the best foods you should eat; not just for yourself, but also for your new baby. A major part of that worry is because of breastfeeding.

New mums are often stressed about the amount of breast milk they need for their baby. And, incase there is low supply, how to deal with it. But that's where confinement foods and drinks come in handy.

These are foods and drinks that help in quick recovery and also stimulate lactation. Most of you must be aware of ajwain, jeera and badaam milk to stimulate lactation, but there are simple and commonly used ingredients that can also do the same job.

So here are some commonly used and all-natural confinement drinks you can prepare at home to increase breast milk supply.

5 all-natural drinks to increase breast milk supply

#1 Garlic (lehsun) milk

Garlic is known to be an excellent galactagogue (stimulates milk supply). For this purpose, you can follow the given steps and make a glass of garlic (lehsun) milk should be consumed early morning or mid-morning.

  • Grate 2 or 3 cloves of garlic
  • Boil them in water and reduce the quantity till about a quarter
  • Add one glass of milk to this mixture and bring it to a boil
  • Let it cool for a few minutes and then add sugar or honey or jaggery based on your choice
  • Strain and drink warm

 #2 Dill (suwa) tea

Dill or suwa is known to increase breastmilk supply and even appetite. But since it's a mild diuretic (increases passing of urine), it should be consumed a maximum of two times in a day. Here's how you can make Dill tea:

  • Boil water in a pan and add 2 tsp of suwa
  • Keep the water for 2-3 minutes and then remove from flame
  • Cover the pan and let the dill seeds work their essence into the water
  • Strain this mix and pour into a cup
  • Add sugar, honey or jaggery based on your choice and drink hot

Continue reading to know more about this common ingredient you can use to increase breastmilk supply.

#3 Fennel (saunf) tea

If you take two to three servings of fennel (saunf) tea, it can help you increase your breastmilk easily. Plus, the added benefit is a good aftertaste. Remember to crush and grind the fennel before use. It's best to keep some crush beforehand so you just have to follow these simple steps to prepare saunf chai.

  • Boil a glass of water and add 1 tsp of fennel powder
  • Keep the mixture on a boil for 2-3 minutes and then turn off flame
  • Cover the pan for another 5 minutes and let the water take the absorb the essence of saunf
  • Strain this water and pour it into a cup
  • Add honey, sugar or jaggery based on your choice and drink warm

#4 Basil (tulsi) water

It's not just used for spiritual purposes but basil (tulsi) leaves have many benefits including stimulating lactation. It is packed with iron, naicin, carotene and thiamine. It is believed to calm the nerves, help in digestion, reduce flatulence (gas) and also increase one's appetite. Here's how you can make this simple drink:

  • Boil water in a pan and add crush or finely chopped tulsi leaves
  • Bring this mixture to a boil and take it off the flame
  • Let the mixture sit for five minutes
  • Pour this mixture through a sieve and let it sit to cool down
  • Add sugar or jaggery or honey as you desire
  • You can also add this water to your dals, or soups and even add tulsi to salads

#5 Fenugreek (methi) tea

Experts suggest that methi is one of the most commonly used galactagogues and helps to increase breastmilk supply. However, it must be taken in moderation by a new mum. So prefer to take just about 1 cup or two in a day. Here's how you make methi tea.

  • Boil water and add 1 tsp crush methi seeds
  • Bring this mixture to a boil for just about a minute
  • Remove from flame and let the seeds brew for 5 minutes
  • Pour the mixture through a sieve into a cup
  • Add sugar, honey or jaggery based on your choice and drink warm

Remember that while herbs have been used for centuries by our mothers and even their mothers, if you currently have a health problem then it's best to be advised by a doctor before you take them.

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Written by

Deepshikha Punj

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