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Cravings are a often a difficult part of breastfeeding because of new hormones, postnatal depletion, lack of sleep and stress. Breastfeeding cravings for sugar, ice cream, carbs, candy, chocolate, brownies and anything else are extremely common, but also can be dealt with in a healthy way that won’t affect your milk supply.

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Why does breastfeeding cause cravings?

There are a number of factors that can cause cravings while breastfeeding. Let’s look at a few of the most common ones, and how a safe and effective detox can help nursing mamas conquer these cravings.

Postnatal depletion:

Postnatal depletion is where new mothers are depleted of nutrients when baby arrives. This is because baby needs more nourishment in the last few weeks of pregnancy, taking more from mama. After birth, new mommies aren’t educated on the proper nutrition for healing and breastfeeding, but rather to eat enough calories. Calories are important, but even more important are the nutrients mothers need. Nutrient deficiencies often show themselves in cravings for foods that our brain confuses for sugar or brownies, rather than vitamin B 12.

Exhaustion:

Exhaustion is more difficult to combat because a new baby means no sleep. Lack of sleep increases cravings for carbs and fatty foods. It’s been proven that lack of sleep also increases appetite. Milk Dust helps to combat this by providing energy-boosting nutrients like vitamin B12 and superfoods like Chlorella and Spirulina.

Fluctuating hormones:

After birth, there is a decrease in estrogen, increase in prolactin and other hormonal changes that can affect mood and cravings. Eating a healthy diet, full of nutrient dense foods with a supplement like Milk Dust can help combat some of these hormonal swings and changes. Red raspberry leaf in particular is shown to help balance hormones in women, and it can reduce some of the symptoms to hormonal changes.

These are the three main factors that come into play when facing food cravings while breastfeeding. New mommies are particularly prone to giving into these cravings because life is stressful with a new baby.

How to combat cravings while breastfeeding:

Once understanding where the sugar and food cravings are coming from, there are ways to help navigate through them in a healthy way that nourishes both mama and baby. One of the best ways to combat breastfeeding cravings is to resist them with a healthy diet.

Eating a healthy breastfeeding diet:

Your breastfeeding diet is very important to managing cravings while breastfeeding. By resisting cravings for a short time, like the 10-days we have in our program, and using a supplement to help you replenish nutrient stores, conquering cravings is possible. Just like many other things, there is an amount of will power necessary to make changes and resist the yummy foods. Some important foods for a breastfeeding diet include:

  • All fruits and veggies (lots)
  • Lean protein like ground turkey, tuna, clean deli meat, chicken and eggs
  • Healthy carbs like oatmeal, sweet potatoes and quinoa
  • Some nuts and beans
  • Lactation herbs + supplements like Milk Dust

By focusing on these foods, you can support your body through lactation, lose weight and overcome the cravings.

Use a breastfeeding protein powder supplement:

Using a supplement like Milk Dust supports protein needs while breastfeeding, offers a quick and nutritious meal, and also provides additional nutritional support. Having a helper like this makes the process of overcoming sugar cravings easier, and can often help eliminate them all together. Milk Dust protein shakes are also yummy, so many mamas look forward to drinking their smoothie each morning, or making a dessert smoothie after dinner.

Drink lots of water:

Remember, breast milk is a liquid, which means that drinking more water can help with lactation. Headaches are usually a result of thirst, or dehydration, which also causes mixed signals often confused with hunger. We suggest drinking one glass of water before and after every meal to encourage satiation, hydration and to support milk production.

Start our 10-day Sugar Detox + Diet Plan:

sugar detox breastfeeding diet plan for new mommies

Our 10-day sugar detox and diet plan is simple to follow, with general guidelines on what to eat and what not to eat. We guide you on foods that are going to help nourish your body, and your growing baby. We offer some amazing recipe ideas for smoothies, salads and dinners, which will give you some direction on what to cook to stay full. The 10-day program is a volume-based plan, where we encourage that you eat as many fruits and veggies as possible. Fruits and veggies provide the most nutritional bang for your calorie buck. By giving your body plenty of nutrients, your milk supply can flourish as you use stored fat for energy. The process is simple, but does require changing habits, being a bit uncomfortable for the first couple days, but the results are amazing!

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Supplements can increase milk supply, support nutritional health, improve mood and balance hormones in a breastfeeding mama. Many mamas are concerned about the safety of supplements while breastfeeding, and unsure of whether they should take them or not.

Supplements during breastfeeding can be used for a wide variety of reasons:

  • They can increase milk supply
  • Replenish nutrients and vitamins
  • Improve mood and cognitive function
  • Help provide baby with essential nutrients
  • Improve healing after birth
  • Increase energy levels without caffeine

What makes a supplement breastfeeding-friendly?

Not all supplements are safe for breastfeeding. Supplements with chemicals, artificial sweeteners, GMOS, fillers and synthetic vitamins should be avoided. This is because these harmful ingredients can pass through the breast milk to baby, and aren’t good for mama either.

Safe supplements for breastfeeding include natural herbs, non-synthetic and active vitamins like the L-Methylfolate (folate) and
Methylcobalamin  (vitamin B12) used in Milk Dust. Using organic fruits and veggies, natural herbs and natural sweeteners are essential for a breastfeeding supplement. If you aren’t sure if a supplement is safe, make sure to just ask your doctor quick. Bring the nutrition facts/ label to your doctor at your next visit, or put in a call to the nurse to have them ask the doctor that day. This is the safest way to ensure a supplement is right for you and your baby, based on your medical history.

Reasons you may want to take supplements while breastfeeding:

Low Milk Supply:

If you are suffering a low milk supply (and are positive it is truly a low supply), supplements can be life savers. Herbs like fenugreek and specific milk-boosting blends are an example of good supplements for breastfeeding mamas. These herbs are natural, free of chemicals, and have been used for medicinal purposes for centuries. Herbs can improve lactation overall, and offer great support for mamas struggling to product enough milk.

Mood Improvement:

breastfeeding supplements for postpartum depression

Supplements can help support vitamin deficiencies that can cause low moods and a lack of energy. Many mamas are low in nutrients after birth because of baby’s need during the last month of pregnancy, loss of blood during birth, fatigue and exhaustion, stress and more. Grabbing a supplement to replenish your body promotes overall better function. Specifically, Folate deficiencies have been connected with depression, as well as Vitamin B12 and zinc (which we have in Milk Dust yay!). A nourished body is a happy body, and a happy body helps promote a happy mind! Specifically Iron, Vitamin B12, protein, healthy carbohydrates and Adrenal support are wonderful for improving moods postpartum.

5 Critical Nutritional Needs For Breastfeeding Mamas and Their Babies

Improved Energy Levels:

Nutritional supplements can help balance blood sugar and diminish some of those cravings by giving the body the nutrients it needs. If your blood sugar is spiking and dropping, there will be moments in the day where you feel completely exhausted, have headaches, and just want to go to sleep. By giving your body super foods, like the Chlorella and Spirulina we have in Milk Dust, you are giving your body a nutrient boost, rather than a caffeine boost to help combat the fatigue.

Hormonal Balance:

When our nutrition is out of wack, our hormones get out of wack. Hormonal function is essential to breastfeeding success because of the role they play in triggering lactation. Your body needs your estrogen levels to drop for lactation to occur. If there are nutrient deficiencies, your hormones may not work properly. Additional herbs like Red Raspberry Leaf have been shown to help support hormonal function in women.

Better Healing After Birth:

Nutrients enable your cells to function, and your body to repair itself from the trauma of birthing a baby. Whether you have a C-section or vaginal delivery, your body is going to need to do some repair work. Vitamin C, protein, Iron, B vitamins, Omega-3 fatty acids…these are all very helpful for healing and repair post pregnancy.

Supplements during breastfeeding can do a lot of good, but they should never replace a healthy, whole foods diet:

Breastfeeding supplements should not replace a whole, natural foods diet. Nothing should be used instead of actually eating fruits, veggies, lean protein, healthy carbohydrates and healthy fats. Your body needs to chew, digest and absorb most of the nutrients from real food. This is why we suggest combining Milk Dust with fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables. You get the best of both worlds in one delicious smoothie.

Milk Dust is an amazing, nutritious supplement that can replace one meal if blended with whole foods.

As a busy, new mommy, eating all the fruits and veggies is hard. Fighting sugar cravings is hard. Prepping healthy meals with toddlers is almost impossible. During these short years of craziness, Milk Dust is here to help you nourish your body and support your lifestyle. We add the extra boost to encourage you, support your breastfeeding journey, and help you thrive with your new baby.

Milk Dust is a safe breastfeeding supplement that acts as a best friend and support system for nourishing both you and baby!

Lactation smoothies are amazing for both increasing milk supply, and losing weight if they are mixed with the right ingredients. There are many benefits to drinking a smoothie for milk supply and nourishment, mainly the fact that they are easy to blend up, and taste amazing! You might be wondering if lactation smoothies really work. Well, yes, they do, if they have the right components.




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Do Lactation Smoothies Really Work?

Lactation smoothies work really well for a number of reasons:

  • Easy to digest and absorb nutrients in blended form
  • Mix many potent nutrients and herbs together
  • Nourish mama, which promotes lactation
  • Are sweet and satisfying
  • Help with protein intake

By blending up various fruits and vegetables with a nourishing, lactation protein powder like Milk Dust, you can get a super-powered lactation shake in just a few steps. Milk Dust has everything you need for lactation, curbing sugar cravings and replenishing your body with nutrients.

Not all protein powders are created equal, so it is important to take a look and see that the ingredients are conducive to your goals with a lactation smoothie. Not many protein powders have a lactation-boosting blend. Milk Dust offers a blend of Fenugreek, Fennel, Milk Thistle and Brewer’s Yeast to encourage lactation. Without this, there won’t be the galactagogues necessary to increase your milk supply.

How are lactation smoothies weight loss friendly?

Lactation smoothies are very helpful for weight loss because they offer a high protein, high fiber, sweet, yummy and nutrient-dense meal that feels like you are drinking a milk shake. The goal is to satisfy those sugar and carb cravings with healthy fruits and veggies, along with a sweet taste.

Milk Dust in particular is the only protein powder that can help you with weight loss by fighting against those sugar cravings with you. Sugar cravings while breastfeeding come from a number of reasons.

Man of those reasons have to do with not getting enough satiating protein and fiber. By blending Milk Dust with fiber-rich fruits and veggies, your tummy will be full! Fiber expands and creates bulk, while protein offers satiation. The two together are a powerful combination to helping reduce those sugar cravings.

In addition, Milk Dust helps combat carbohydrate desires by offering Chromium, Magnesium, Cinnamon Bark and Tumeric. All of these have been shown to help balance blood sugar and ease up carbohydrate cravings in various ways. Many mamas struggle to get enough fruits, veggies, vitamins, minerals and overall nourishment because it is difficult to function with a new baby. Milk Dust provides the essential nourishment breastfeeding mamas need, which is what makes the lactation smoothies so powerful!

What’s The Best Lactation Smoothie Recipe For Milk Supply + Weight Loss?

We have our free lactation smoothie recipe, but this recipe is hands-down our favorite to lose weight, and still feel like you are drinking a dessert shake!

the best lactation smoothie recipe

The best lactation smoothie ingredients:

  • 1 Scoop Milk Dust
  • 1/4 cup frozen dragon fruit
  • 1/4 cup fresh raspberries
  • 1 cup fresh spinach
  • 1/4 avocado (fresh or frozen)
  • 1-2 cups non-dairy milk (almond milk, cashew milk, coconut cream are all great!)

Throw all ingredients into your blender and blend! Milk amounts depend on your personal consistency taste and blender. Slowly add milk a few times to make sure you get the consistency you want.

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Weight loss supplements can be safe and helpful while breastfeeding. Sometimes breastfeeding causes a road block for weight loss. Herbal, safe supplements can help new mommies let go of the extra weight gained during pregnancy.

Milk Dust is a helper for weight loss because it naturally curbs sugar cravings using vitamins and minerals rather than stimulants. This is the key to safe weight loss supplements. They need to be comprised of specific nutrients, vitamins and minerals that are helpful to both mama and baby.

What makes a weight loss supplement safe for breastfeeding?

There are some very specific requirements for a weight loss supplement to be safe for breastfeeding.

  • Comprised of nutrients
  • Free of stimulants
  • No caffeine
  • No synthetic replications of vitamins
  • Hormonal support
  • Nourishment support
  • Cognitive support

A safe weight loss supplement looks at the root of the cause, rather than covering up appetite or hunger. Stimulants like caffeine can cover up hunger, but it doesn’t look at the root cause behind the lack of energy, slow weight loss or nutrient needs. Milk Dust specifically looks at common nutrient needs to help satisfy hunger and balance blood sugar. Cravings often come from your body’s need for a nutrient, cognitive support or even extra carbs to support a tired brain. Many mamas crave sugar while breastfeeding, but what their brain needs are more healthy carbs to function on little sleep.

Nutrient Deficiencies That Slow or Halt Weight Loss While Breastfeeding:

Breastfeeding mamas specifically need more nutrients than non-lactating women, and many nutrients needs don’t change that much after pregnancy. Some of these nutrients include:

  • Folate
  • Vitamin B12
  • Chromium, Magnesium, Potassium and Sodium
  • Protein
  • Fiber (not a nutrient, but essential carbohydrate)

Folate and vitamin B12 can really create some lethargy and lack of motivation to eat healthy. Both of these B vitamins relate to cognitive function, energy, and they are necessary for baby. If these are lacking, your body can’t function they way it should. The same with protein and fiber. Without protein, there can be a lot of ups and down with blood sugar, which causes excessive hunger. Fiber creates a feeling of fullness that makes you want to stop eating. If there isn’t enough fiber, there is a constant hunger or feeling of never getting enough food. This leads to that ravenous, always hunger feeling many breastfeeding mamas experience.

Not all weight loss supplements have this sort of blend in vitamins and nutrients, but Milk Dust has all of this and more. With protein, fiber and essential vitamins and minerals, in addition to galactagogue herbs like Fenugreek, fennel seed, milk thistle and brewer’s yeast, a mother can support her lactation and weight loss at the same time.

How To Know If You Need A Weight Loss Supplement While Nursing:

Not all mamas need a weight loss supplement while nursing. Some just need to count calories and determine their energy needs. Weight loss is all about energy in verses energy out. Of course, not all calories are created equal. This means that 100 calories of cookies verses 100 calories of broccoli are going to be used, processed and metabolized very, very differently. One can leave you feeling super full (broccoli from fiber), and the other starving in 30 minutes.

If you are struggling to eat healthy and manage your breastfeeding hunger, weight loss supplements might be just the answer to give you a jump start.

Here are some signs a weight loss supplement can help your weigh loss after pregnancy:

  • Constant hunger
  • Intense sugar cravings
  • Carbohydrate addiction
  • Hunger soon after large meals
  • Exhaustion after eating
  • Lack of physical energy
  • Weight gain while breastfeeding

If you are experiencing any of these issues, safe weight loss supplements are awesome tools to move your body into healthier eating habits. Milk Dust is a breastfeeding weight loss supplement that fully supports nourishment and lactation in new mommies.

Milk Dust Works As A Weight Loss Supplement While Breastfeeding:

Milk Dust helps with weight loss by providing satiation through protein and fiber. We recommend blending Milk Dust with whole fruits and veggies either frozen or fresh. By adding the additional nutrients to our powder, the powerful combination creates a small meal or snack that covers your bases. Here’s the run down of how Milk Dust acts as a weight loss and lactation supplement for breastfeeding mamas:

  • Satiating protein
  • Sweet taste to relieve those sugar cravings
  • Essential vitamins and minerals
  • Energy boosting super foods like Chlorella and Spirulina
  • Galactagogue herbs for lactation support
  • Super fruits and veggies like spinach and blue berries
  • Turmeric and Cinnamon bark for additional blood sugar control, antioxidant support and adrenal support
  • Vegan, non-dairy, no soy, no corn, no gluten for easier digestion
  • Plant-based protein
  • Chia seeds, flax seeds and pumpkin seeds for Omega-3s and Zinc

Nutritional support is one of the safest ways to encourage healthy weight loss. Avoiding stimulants and using nutrients while breastfeeding helps for safe weight loss.

Finding a safe weight loss supplement while breastfeeding is helpful for mamas looking to lose weight naturally.

Galactagogue foods can be like magic when it comes to increasing milk supply naturally. Breastfeeding mamas can dramatically change their health and milk supply by choosing the right foods for a breastfeeding diet that promotes healthy lactation and breast milk production.

Not all galactagogue foods are created equal. Some are more potent than others, which is why we created a list of the top foods to increase milk supply.

What constitutes a galactagogue food?

You might be wondering what makes a food a galactagogue. Basically, if a food has nutrient properties to promote lactation and balance hormonal function for breast feeding – this food is considered a galactagogue. Many healthy fruits and veggies could be considered helpful for milk supply because of their nutrient power, but they aren’t the most potent in terms of increasing milk supply. Let’s get into the foods that will have the best impact on your milk supply, so your breastfeeding diet will increase your supply naturally.

The top galactagogue foods that help increase milk supply:

salmon galactagogue food

Salmon (vitamin B12):

Vitamin B12 is essential for brain development in babies, as well as vitamin B9 (folate). Salmon is rich in B vitamins, and one superfood you can’t get enough of while breastfeeding. Vitamin B12 has been shown to help ward off postpartum depression. Lactating mothers need more vitamin B 12 to support growing baby, and if there isn’t enough available for mother and baby, this could affect milk supply. Here is a peer-reviewed study to prove this:

Three mothers in India with vitamin B12 deficiency due to very low dietary intake were given a single 50 mcg intramuscular injection of vitamin B12. Their milk levels increased from 40 to 70 pmol/L (54 to 95 ng/L) prior to the dose to around 1,000 pmol/L (1,350 ng/L) later that same day or the next day.

Of course, salmon isn’t always easy to have on the menu, so Milk Dust offers both Vitamin B 12 and Vitamin B 9 (live versions, L-Methylfolate and
Methylcobalamin) to help mothers ensure they are getting adequate amounts both for baby and for milk supply needs.


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Pumpkin Seeds (Zinc):

Zinc is really important during lactation because it is the only source of Zinc for breastfed babies. Babies need zinc to support their immune system and protect them from disease. Zinc levels have now been associated with poor lactation. One study even suggests that women with abnormally low supplies in Zinc can have trouble breastfeeding. This study was done at Penn State, and the researchers determined that low levels of Zinc are correlated with poor lactation in mothers.

They suggest that by identifying women with abnormally low levels of zinc in breast milk, they may be able to more quickly recognize mothers who might have trouble breast-feeding.


Journal of Mammary Gland Biology and Neoplasia.

Functioning and health of the breasts are really important to proper lactation, and a mother’s body does not have enough of the proper nutrients, it can’t function as it should. Health for both mama and baby are so important, which is why we included pumpkin seeds in our formula as well. Pumpkin seeds are easy to add on top of smoothies, into oatmeal and salads as well, making them a super rich, nutrient-dense food that can be eaten daily.

sweet potato galactagogue

Sweet Potatoes (potassium) + Sea Salt (sodium):

Electrolyte balance, specifically referring to potassium and sodium is essential for proper lactation. Sweet potatoes are high in potassium, as well as bananas, broccoli, spinach and other fruits. Filling your plate with fruits and vegetables at every snack or meal can play a tremendous role in ensuring your body has enough potassium. There was a study done that specifically looked at the correlation of potassium and ability to breastfeed. There were multiple factors to be considered in this specific study, but they did determine that lower levels of potassium correlated to a shortened/stopping breastfeeding early.

We report that, among exclusively breastfeeding mothers at day 7 postpartum, those with milk supply concerns were significantly more likely to exhibit biochemical evidence of less progress toward mature lactation (elevated ratio of breast milk sodium to potassium concentration). Furthermore, an elevated ratio of breast milk sodium to potassium concentration was predictive of early weaning.

The Journal of Pediatrics

Lactation involves electrolytes and balanced water levels in the body for muscles to function properly. Both potassium and sodium are really important to the functioning of our bodies in general, so it is no wonder these minerals are correlated with breastfeeding success. Milk Dust offers super fruits and veggies in our formula to help add to these needs. You can also blend smoothies with cooked sweet potato for a creamy consistency that packs a lot of nutrient power for milk supply.

top galactagogue strawberries

Strawberries (vitamin C):

Strawberries are a fun food to eat because they taste great alone, or blended in smoothies! They are full of vitamin C, which is important for the absorption of iron, as well as healing, cell function, cell repair and more. Studies are starting to show the link to vitamin C and milk supply. One study in particular looked at vitamin C supplementation during lactation, and found that those who took higher doses of vitamin C secreted more urine. They suggest that the secretion of liquid from vitamin C could help with the secretion of breast milk. Another study confirms that the more fruits and veggie consumed, the better the vitamin C levels in the breast milk. This is why we suggest blending our Milk Dust with fresh or frozen fruits and veggies. It is a quick and easy way to get in the essential nutrients! There are very limited studies on vitamin C in particular, but because of the studies done to illustrate the importance of vitamin C for baby, and the fact that vitamin C levels increase in breast milk according to fruit and vegetable intake, we believe it can correlate to milk supply as well.


How To Deal With A Sudden Drop In Milk Supply

These are your top galactagogue foods that will help you increase your milk supply.

Your breastfeeding diet is one of the biggest factors in how your body functions, feels and feeds your baby. What you put in is literally what you get out in terms of milk supply and nutrient quality. Putting in nutrients directly puts nutrients to baby.

Milk Dust is created to partner with these nutrient rich foods. It is a supplement you can add to your diet to help you with nourishing yourself, as well as increasing your milk supply using nutrients and herbs. Proper nourishment is also the foundation to weight loss after baby, which is important as well. Extra weight throws off your hormones, and can affect milk supply as well.

How Milk Dust Helps With Weight Loss + Milk Supply Safely

Many mamas think their milk supply is dropping, without understanding the true signs of a low, or decreasing milk supply. There are false signs, which may lead new mommies to believe they aren’t producing enough milk, and then there are true signs that your breast milk quantity is dwindling.

What are some false signs of a low milk supply?

Here are some signs that can lead a breastfeeding mother to believe her milk supply is dropping, but are actually perfectly normal.

  • An empty/deflated breast(s)
  • Baby wanting more feedings
  • Baby waking to feed at night
  • Short feeds
  • Fussy feeds (baby seems dissatisfied)
  • Pumping less after a feeding
  • Baby wanting a bottle even after breast feeding
  • Fussy baby in the evening
  • No feeling of a let down

Many of these are perfectly normal phases of breastfeeding a new born. Babies often want to nurse more for comfort, go through growth spurts, have tummy issues (very normal for new babies), or like to have a bottle after breastfeeding out of habit. These experiences do not mean your milk supply is dropping, or you aren’t producing enough milk supply. There are only a few ways to really tell if you have a low milk supply.

The true signs your milk supply is low, or decreasing:

Baby isn’t gaining enough weight:

This is one of the biggest signs you may not be producing enough milk, or your supply has decreased. Many babies lose weight right after birth, as it takes time for colostrum and milk to kick in. The early weight loss is normal, but your pediatrician will be able to tell you when your baby should be gaining weight, and how much they should be gaining. It is really important that if you think your baby isn’t gaining enough weight, to check with your pediatrician and set some weight goals for follow ups. There are some great tips at the end of this post to help you encourage your body to produce more milk if you really are experiencing a low milk supply, and this has been confirmed by your pediatrician.

How To Deal With A Sudden Drop In Milk Supply

Baby doesn’t have enough soiled/wet diapers:

This is another sign of a low milk supply, that you can see at home. Babies who eat a lot also have a lot of stinky diapers. This can be a bit more confusing than the weight-gain sign because it is also normal for some babies to go longer between dirty diapers as their digestive system matures. Overall, dirty diapers and blow outs are a healthy sign your baby is getting lots to eat. If you have any underlying intuition that your baby doesn’t have enough dirty diapers, and seems to be gaining weight very slowly, or not at all, check with your pediatrician right away.

These are the two major signs of low milk supply, that can actually be monitored and quantified. It may seem too simple with only two major signs, but it should also leave some peace of mind. Let’s get into some quick and easy ways you can increase your milk supply quickly, to help satisfy baby.

Quick and easy ways to increase milk supply fast:

There is a lot of information out there on ways to increase your milk supply. These are the methods that have been proven to work, and confirmed by science, studies and professionals (lactation consultants, nurses and doulas).

Make sure to read: How Milk Dust Safely Promotes Weight Loss While Breastfeeding

Add in Galactagogues:

Galactagogues are herbs and foods used to increase milk supply. There is a lot of anecdotal studies proving various herbs to be helpful for milk supply, as well as centuries of Eastern medicine using these herbs for lactation support that give us reason to believe specific herbs are very helpful for milk supply. Our lactation blend in Milk Dust, is based of real research and science backing specific combinations of herbs for the best result. Fenugreek has shown some side effects in new mothers, mainly because it is given in high-doses solely as the one herb to increase supply. Of course in higher doses, and more popularity is going to bring more side effects. We have an in-depth post on the studies proving fenugreek as a powerful herb for milk supply, particularly when combined with other galactagogues like feenel, milk thistle, red raspberry leaf, tumeric and brewer’s yeast. Studies show that combining these herbs, rather than high doses of one herb, seem to produce the best results in increasing milk supply.

Eat nutrient-dense foods:

Depending on your current diet, you may need to add in more nutrient-dense foods, so your body has more nutrients to give to baby. Eating the right foods, rather than enough calories is something many mothers aren’t educated on after birth. Women’s bodies are designed to used stored fat and nutrients in the diet to produce breast milk. If there is a lack of quality, lactation-supporting foods like vegetables, fruits, lean proteins, good fats and high-quality carbs like quinoa and oatmeal, then your body may signal this with a lack of production. Protein smoothies made with Milk Dust are a powerful combination of real foods and nutrients, combined with superfoods in Milk Dust like chlorella, spirulina and spinach, galactagogues and other essential vitamins and minerals postpartum mothers need is a great way to infuse your body with the building blocks of a healthy milk supply.

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Add in more feedings + skin to skin:

This is one of the fastest ways to increase your milk supply because your body creates milk based on demand. If you have baby demand more, your body will be encouraged to make more. Keeping a lot of skin-to-skin contact throughout the day and during feedings will keep the pheromones working properly to signal the hormone levels and Oxytocin production needed for lactation. Try wearing baby as much as possible and letting baby sleep on your chest to encourage the chemical connection.

Massage your breasts while feeding:

You can help your baby express more milk by adding in some massage and compression during feedings. This will encourage your breasts to express more milk, then want to replenish that milk by creating more. Baby might get large gulps at first, with some needed burping after, but it will help get more milk out during feeds.

Pump one side, while baby feeds the other:

Many mamas with a low milk supply despise pumping because the amount is so little and depressing. By pumping one side while baby is feeding the other, you are taking advantage of baby’s natural ability to stimulate your let down better than a machine. By emptying one breast, you can use baby on the emptied breast to encourage more milk. At the next feeding, switch the side you pump. Always have baby feed on the side that already pumped. This is a really helpful way to get more milk stored, while also encouraging more milk volume. It will take a lot of the hard work of pumping out of the situation, and babies have an incredibly ability to get your body to product more milk, better than a machine can.

If you are experiencing these signs of low milk supply, these tricks will really help.

Many mamas have had success using our protein powder because it is so much more than a milk-boosting protein powder. It nourishes postpartum mothers properly, to help nourish baby, reduce sugar cravings and aid in weight loss. If you are struggling with eating healthy, getting in the nourishment you need and milk supply, Milk Dust is here to help!

Fenugreek has been used for centuries to increase milk supply in lactating mothers. As more and more mothers are taking fenutreek to help with milk supply, there are of course more and more opinions being spread stating that fenugreek is either amazing, or detrimental to milk supply. Because there are more anecdotal experiences being proclaimed, many mamas are left unsure of whether fenugreek can be helpful or harmful for milk supply.

We are going to dive into the science and studies behind fenugreek for breastfeeding mamas.

We hope this will help you make a decision on whether it will be beneficial for you to increase milk supply. The key is to know the research out there, know your body, and know your baby. Research is limited to specific individuals, so applying the research to your body can me different results. That is a fact of being human, but overall, research and education is the foundation of making an informed decision for both you and baby.

What is the truth on Fenugreek for milk supply?

Research on Fenugreek and other galactagogue herbs like Milk Thistle, Brewer’s Yeast and Fennel is limited. As time goes on, more studies will be published to help us understand how these galactagogues work, and why they’ve been used for so many years to help with lactation. Research shows us that fenugreek, and other galactagogues can help some women increase lactation.

What is Fenugreek?

Fenugreek is a plant with white flowers containing seeds, which are the seeds we use in teas, powders and other herbal remedies. Fenugreek has been used for thousands of years by the Chinese to treat various ailments. Fenugreek is often used as a spice or thickening agent in dishes and recipes. It has a warm, nutty flavor that is often in Indian dishes. The fenugreek seeds themselves have fiber, protein, iron, magnesium and maganese, which are all great for breastfeeding mothers.

Fenugreek can increase milk supply in certain individuals:

A recent publication, updated just a few months ago in January of 2019, looked at various studies done to attempt to conclude whether fenugreek increases milk supply. According to this publication, many of the mothers who took ONLY Fenugreek, did not see quantifiable increases in milk volume, though these studies have many issues that make them non-conclusive. What is interesting though, in one study where moms were given a unique tea called Still-Tea, experienced a quantifiable increase in milk supply compared to mothers taking an apple tea. Here is what the study stated,

Sixty-six postpartum mothers (22 in each of 3 groups) with no concurrent illnesses were randomly assigned to receive an herbal tea, placebo, or nothing after delivering healthy, fullterm infants. Mothers in the herbal tea group received at least 3 cups daily of 200 mL of Still Tea (Humana-Istanbul, Turkey; containing hibiscus 2.6 grams, fennel extract 200 mg, fennel oil 20 mg, rooibos 200 mg, verbena [vervain] 200 mg, raspberry leaves 200 mg, fenugreek 100 mg, goat’s rue 100 mg, and, vitamin C 500 mg per 100 grams, per manufacturer’s web site November 2011). A similar-looking apple tea was used as the placebo. All women were followed by the same nurse and pediatrician who were blinded to what treatment the mothers received. Mothers who received the Still Tea produced more breastmilk with an electric breast pump on the third day postpartum than mothers in the other groups. The infants in the Still Tea group had a lower maximum weight loss, and they regained their birth weights sooner than those in the placebo or no treatment arms. No long-term outcome data were collected.

These findings tell us that Fenugreek, in combination with other galactagogues like Fennel, Raspberry Leaf and Goat’s Rue can work really well. What we’ve concluded with our reviews of research is that small amounts of Fenugreek, combined with other galactagogues is the best way to go because it eliminates the likelihood of side effects from Fenugreek, but also utilizes its strengths.

Still, another finding in this publication talks about women who only took Fenugreek, and experienced higher milk volume. These women were from Thailand.

Fifty women in Thailand who were 1 month postpartum and exclusively breastfeeding were randomized to receive either a placebo or capsules containing fenugreek seed 200 mg, turmeric 100 mg and ginger 120 mg (Fenucaps; Herbal Acharn’s Home Co. Ltd., Thailand) 3 times daily for 4 weeks. Participants pumped milk on 2 days at 0, 2 and 4 weeks of the study. The average milk volumes increased by 49% at 2 weeks and 103% at 4 weeks among participants receiving the active product. The macronutrient composition of the milk did not change in either group over the 4-week period. Growth of infants was not reported.[28]

Fenugreek itself can help with milk supply depending on your specific metabolism and genetic make up. Even UT Southwester Medical Center suggests supplements with fenugreek to help you increase your milk supply once it drops. Here’s what Healthline states as the bottom line in reviewing various studies:


BOTTOM LINE:The available studies support using fenugreek to increase breast milk production and the rate of weight gain in newborn babies.

Some women in studies report significant changes in milk supply, while others seem to notice more side effects. This is just like any other herb, supplement or drug. There are always side effects and the option your body may not respond the same as someone else’s.

What is interesting about these studies, is none of them reported side effects for baby.

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Some mother’s report that they are gassy, or baby seems more gassy after Fenugreek, but none of the studies in this peer reviewed publication have any findings to prove this to be true.

A study in mothers of preterm infants less than 31 weeks gestation compared the use of fenugreek (product and dosage not stated) 3 capsules 3 times daily for 21 days to placebo. No adverse effects were noted in the infants given the breastmilk.[26]

This should give mothers peace of mind in trying fenugreek as a solution to increase milk supply. In general, no side effects have been found in babies from mother’s taking fenugreek. Of course there can be special cases as with any dietary supplement.

Side effects of fenugreek in nursing mothers:

Various side effects have been reported in nursing mothers while taking fenugreek, but they are all anecdotal. These side effects include:

  • Maple syrup smell
  • Gassiness/stomach upset
  • Indigestion
  • Diarrhea

These reported side effects have not been studied and reported as scientifically proven. We don’t know what else was going on in diets, lifestyle and hormonal changes that could have also contributed to these experiences. Because fenugreek is a seed, those who have sensitivities to any type of nut or legumes may be more prone to side effects from fenugreek.

Can fenugreek harm your milk supply?

This is a more difficult question to answer because there isn’t much to go off of. There are more studies and peer-reviewed, professional publications on how milk supply either wasn’t affected, or increased. Many mothers report their milk supply increases, but they experience side effects, or their baby’s seem fussy and gassy, so they stop. If a mother takes a supplement with fenugreek, and still experiences a low milk supply, or a drop in supply, it likely isn’t the fenugreek, but a slow dip in supply for other reasons.

How To Deal With A Sudden Drop In Milk Supply

Why we included fenugreek in Milk Dust:

Most of the research for lactation-boosting herbs includes fenugreek blended with other herbs. Because we rely on doctors and scientists to tell us what works, this is part of our decision to have a small amount of fenugreek in our formula.

Most of the side effects experienced with fenugreek are due to high doses of pure fenugreek. By blending smaller amounts of various galactagogue herbs, we can reduce the probability of side effects, yet still benefit for the amazing properties in these herbs. Fenugreek has many other benefits besides increasing milk supply.

Fenugreek has also been shown to:

  • Balance cholesterol
  • Assist in heartburn
  • Reduce appetite
  • Reduce inflammation

Because of these other benefits, and the continued use and recommendation of fenugreek for milk supply, we believe it is an important part of our lactation-herb blend to help new mothers maintain a healthy milk supply, while also safely losing weight with natural herbs, minerals and nourishment.

There you have the science behind fenugreek, and its affects on milk supply for breastfeeding mothers!

Both experienced and first time mommies can experience a sudden drop in milk supply. There are many factors that can cause what seems like an immediate drop in your milk supply, and sometimes, the perceived low milk supply is actually your supply getting ready to increase with a new demand.

We are going to give you the tools you need to deal with a drop in your milk supply, as well as understand what may be causing the decrease.

No new mommy wants to worry about whether her baby is getting enough breast milk. Being responsible for a tiny humans nourishment is a lot of pressure, which is why educating yourself on the reasons behind a drop in milk supply and how to deal with it are so very important!

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What causes a sudden drop in your milk supply?

There are many factors that can come into play with milk supply and lactation. We are going to go over the main culprits to a decreased supply in milk.

Baby’s Demands Changed:

This is one of the largest factors in your milk supply – Baby’s demand for milk. One of the fastest ways to increase your milk supply is to breastfeed and pump more. This is going tell your body that baby needs more milk, so make more milk. As your body adjusts to the increased demand, it may seem like you don’t have enough milk. In reality, your body is probably gearing up to make more milk. As that process happens, you can notice that there seems to be less milk available.

During the early postpartum period, when the milk supply is being established (Lawrence, 1985), there is a positive association between nursing frequency and milk production (de Carvalho et al., 1983, 1985; Hopkinson et al., 1988; Salariya et al., 1978).

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Baby could also be telling your body it doesn’t need as much milk. If baby is feeding shorter lengths, or starts sleeping through the night, this change in demand will change your supply. This is very common as baby’s go through growth spurts where they drink more, changes in sleeping habits and changes in the amount they nurse at one time. Baby might go through a week where they take amazing, 3-hour naps, which leads your body to believe baby doesn’t need as much milk during the day. As baby comes out of that phase, and starts nursing again, you may think your supply dropped, when really the demand just changed.

How to deal with demand changes from baby:

The simplest way to deal with this issue, if you notice that your supply has dropped is to add more feedings in, whether baby really wants them or not. If you can’t get baby to eat any more, add in more pumping sessions to encourage more milk. A few extra pumping sessions, or adding in some night-feedings will help get your supply back up.

Birth Control:

Adding in birth control affects your hormone levels. Hormones are important to telling your body to lactate. If these hormones get out of balance with birth control, your body can become confused. When a new mother is lactating, estrogen levels are low, testosterone is higher. Most full-strength birth control pills, and specifically the Mirena IUD throw these levels out of balance. Typically, doctors prescribe a very light birth control pill to breastfeeding mothers to help decrease chances of pregnancy, yet not ruin milk supply. Breastfeeding in itself is a great form of birth control, and many mothers who solely breastfeeding do menstruate at all. This is a sign your hormones are where they are supposed to be.

How to manage hormonal issues and low milk supply:

If you are breastfeeding and menstruating you may need some form of birth control to prevent another pregnancy. If this is the case, you can ask your doctor for a few different brands to try, that are low-dosages. If you are on birth control as precaution, but not menstruating, you may want to go off the birth control and use other forms of prevention to allow your milk supply to get back on track. Make sure to look up cases of low milk supply with your specific birth control to see if other mothers have had the same experience. Your doctor should help you make a switch and resolve the problem.

Hormonal Imbalances:

As described, your hormonal levels are really important to maintaining a solid milk supply. For some new mommies, their hormones may not naturally go to the necessary levels for lactation. There may have been some hormonal issues prior to pregnancy and breastfeeding. Sometimes these little imbalances are easily helped with herbs and minerals. Part of the reason we added Red Raspberry Leaf to our Milk Dust formula is because it does so much for hormonal balance. Knowing this is a cause for a reduced milk supply, or sometimes a sudden drop, we wanted to make sure this herb can support our other lactation-boosting herbs like Fenugreek, Fennel, Milk Thistle, Brewer’s Yeast and Tumeric.


The local effects of estrogen and progesterone in the breast prevent milk secretion during pregnancy. With their withdrawal in the postpartum period, the stimulating effect of the anterior pituitary hormone prolactin dominates and milk secretion is initiated and maintained.

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Dealing with hormonal imbalances causing a drop in supply:

Diet changes can actually help a lot when it comes to balancing your hormones. Losing weight really helps as well. Extra fat means extra estrogen. Breastfeeding mothers need estrogen to stay low, but the more fat stored in fat cells, the more estrogen your body starts making. Eating a healthy, nutrient-dense diet full of fruits, vegetables and lean protein can actually do wonders for milk supply. It may seem like you are “dieting,” but this is not the case at all. You are nourishing better. A diet is restriction on caloric intake. To assist your milk supply and hormones, you need to nourish your body better, so it can function better. Milk Dust is an amazing tool to help you do this because we’ve hand-picked specific nutrients you need while breastfeeding, that will also help curb those sugar cravings. Sugar cravings hit hard when there is a lack of nutrients in the diet.

Monthly Cycle:

Again, hormones are affecting your supply in this situation as well. This may cause your drop in supply to be temporary, and just monthly. Knowing that this is a temporary drop in supply should ease your mind a bit. Adding in some extra Milk Dust smoothies during this week, or adding some pumping sessions can help combat some of the menstruation affects.

Lack of Nourishment:

Many mamas think of caloric intake as affecting milk supply, but it is really nourishment that is most important. A mother can be eating thousands of calories a day, but still have a low milk supply. In this situation, this can be because the mother has extra fat, producing more estrogen, as well as being deficient in many essential nutrients. These nutrients are not just for the mother, but also for the baby. Your body is aware of all the nutrients your baby needs, and it wants to put those vitamins and minerals into its breast milk. If it can’t do this properly, it also can’t feed baby properly and everything gets out of wack. If you notice a drop in your supply, and you know it isn’t hormones, it could be the quality of your diet.

lactation smoothie for low milk supply

How to eat when you experience a sudden drop in milk supply:

Don’t run to the cheeseburgers, or even lactation cookies, which are full of fat and sugar. Drinking more smoothies made with Milk Dust is going to be very effective because you can blend up fruit and veggies with our protein powder. Your body can absorb the nutrients faster in a blended state (less work to digest), and it will be getting so many of the necessary postpartum vitamins, minerals and super foods.

Aside from adding in protein shakes, fill your day with oatmeal (unsweetened), sweet potatoes, lean protein like chicken and lots of fruit. You can add in healthy carbohydrates like quinoa, basmatti rice, brown rice and sprouted bread. In switching your diet to a nutrient-dense diet, you actually may feel more full because you can eat more volume. In this situation, the protein shakes can really help you get more nutrients in at once. Because it can take a few days for your body to start absorbing the nutrients and adjusting, using a tool like Milk Dust that supports your lactation with galactagogues can have tremendously positive affects.

Experiencing a sudden drop in milk supply can be scary, but understanding how to deal with a low milk supply is so important.

Milk Dust is here to help you. We support lactation through herbs and nutrients, as well as offer a fast and simple tool to help new mommies nourish their bodies properly.

Understanding your sudden drop in milk supply takes the fear away, and gives you the power to fully nourish yourself and baby.

Sugar craving are very common for breastfeeding mamas. Many mamas who are solely nursing find themselves wanting sugar every couple of hours, or more, and the cravings are very strong. Lactation cookies are very popular now as a means to help satisfy the sugar cravings, while also increasing milk supply, but the root of the issue still isn’t being addressed.

Sugar cravings while breastfeeding are signals from the body that we need nutrients.

Hunger and cravings tend to consume new mommies to the point where they are in survival mode. This causes reactionary eating, based on intense feelings and hunger. Candies, chocolates, chips, crackers, peanut butter, nutella and other packaged foods offer immediate satisfaction to both the hunger and the sugar needs. It is easy to open a jar of nutella and dig right in. But, the convenience of most packaged foods is actually causing more sugar cravings and continuing an endless cycle.

Here at Milk Dust, we are here to help mamas understand why they are craving sugar, and what to do to stop it.

Let’s dive head first into what sugar cravings mean, and where they are stemming from, particularly in breastfeeding mamas.

The Meaning Behind Sugar Cravings As A Nursing Mama:

Mineral Deficiencies Such As Chromium + Magnesium:

Chromium and magnesium have been used to treat diabetes and help with blood sugar control for years now. Many of these essential minerals are lost in our diets today because of the way food is grown, harvested and fertilized. Chromium is also found in small amounts in many foods, which means we need a wide variety of fruits and vegetables to help replenish those chromium and magnesium stores. Many new mamas aren’t eating colorful plates full of fruits, veggies and lean proteins merely because of the effort to prep (hello hands being full 24/7), and prepare healthy meals as a new mommy. Without a diet full of these foods, the minimal amount of Chromium is missed. Chromium is essential for transporting glucose and blood sugar regulation. Here is what Dr. Weil says,

For people with type 2 diabetesmetabolic syndrome, (marked by insulin resistance), and those who gain abdominal fat easily, I recommend daily supplements of 1000 mcg of GTF (glucose tolerance factor) chromium, a form that is well used by the body.

Milk Dust of course offers Chromium and Magnesium to help mamas with their mineral needs. Deficiencies in these minerals are one of the contributing factors to sugar cravings while breastfeeding.

Low Protein Consumption:

If your protein consumption is lower while breastfeeding, your blood sugar levels are going to jump up and down more often. It is common for nursing mothers to jump on cookies, packaged foods and comfort foods which are often full of simple carbohydrates, sugar and fat. The important point here is that a diet like this means your protein to carbohydrate and fat ration is lower. In reality, protein and carbohydrates should make up most of your diet, with small amounts of healthy fat. Without enough protein, blood sugar levels are rocky, dipping frequently and stirring more sugar cravings. Adding in more protein, with something simple and easy like Milk Dust, can help you decrease sugar cravings, slow the absorption of sugar and carbohydrates, and balance your blood sugar levels.

One study found that starting the day with a higher protein breakfast reduced sugar cravings the rest of the day. Hello protein smoothie! A protein smoothie made with Milk Dust is fast, easy and delicious!

Stress + Sleep Deprivation:

Of course new mommies are walking zombies. Newborns wake every few hours in the beginning for feedings, and it can feel like days and nights are one big blur. Sleep deprivation and stress are common causes for sugar and carbohydrate cravings. When your brain is low on sleep, it craves glucose for immediate energy to compensate for the lack of sleep. Stress can also signal carbohydrates because the dopamine reaction to help sooth and calm your brain. Both stress and sleepless nights are completely normal while breastfeeding. Combating this with non-caffeine boosts like vitamin B12, which we specifically added to Milk Dust can really help manage some of the lowest energy days. Vitamin B12 is also really important to baby. If a breastfeeding mother is deficient in vitamin B12, so will baby be. Not only does vitamin B12 help with energy levels, it helps with the production of healthy red blood cells. Very important for growing little ones.

Spirulina is also amazing for tired mamas, which we’ve added in our powder formula because it has no cell wall, and infuses your body with many nutrients quickly. This can give your brain and body an instant boost of nutrients. By offering the right nutrients to help combat fatigue and stress, you can combat some of those instant sugar cravings with instant nutrients.

Not Enough Fiber:

If you aren’t eating enough fiber, you are probably feeling hungry all the time, or soon after meals. Fiber is the key to bulking up and filling your tummy and intestines. Fiber is often thought of an issue for gassy babies. This is not the case at all because fiber can not pass through breast milk. Fiber is a form of carbohydrate that goes directly to the small intestine of the mother. It can cause mama to be gassy, but not baby. The more fruits and veggies a mama can eat, the better. Without feeling satiated, you will be headed to the pantry soon after even a large meal, if it doesn’t have enough fiber. Combining fiber with protein, like we have in Milk Dust, is going to help you feel so full after your meal, even sugary treats won’t sound appealing. Adding more fruits, or large salads to every meal can do wonders for sugar cravings. Fruit is natural sugar, and your body processes this sugar slower than many think. Because of the water, nutrients, and fiber, the sugar is absorbed slowly, yet still gives you with sweet taste you want.

By adding fruit or spinach to your perfect lactation shake, you are adding natural glucose and lots of fiber! Blend it up with our protein-rich Milk Dust, and you have an amazing combination.

Lack of Sunshine or Vitamin D:

Vitamin D deficiencies have been linked to sugar cravings, and many new mommies are stuck inside for days with a new baby. This doesn’t allow much sunshine to get in and provide the natural vitamin D levels that are needed. Dr. Axe has an awesome video on Vitamin D deffeciencies, and he correlates pregnancy to lower levels of vitamin D. A new, breastfeeding mama was just pregnant, and it is safe to say she may not have been able to get outside much, or replenish those vitamin D stores right away. Outside light is the best way to do this, but as Dr. Axe mentions in his video below, wild caught fish and mushrooms are the best food sources.

Low vitamin D levels are linked to lower seratonin, which often mean sugar cravings! If you live in a less-than sunny place, consuming more vitamin D rich foods and getting a supplement can really help with those sugar cravings.

Here we’ve gone over major reasons behind sugar cravings while nursing.

Of course, if you aren’t eating enough, your body will signal for more food. This can often come out in sugar cravings as well. If you think you need to eat more, don’t dive straight into cheeseburgers just for calories. Add in more calories from more salads, more nuts, more fruit, more beans and more complex carbohydrates like sweet potatoes and oatmeal. The most important thing you can do is fully nourish your body for both yourself and your baby.

We’ve created Milk Dust as a tool to help you do this. A full-scale protein lactation powder that helps to nourish new, breastfeeding mothers with specific nutrients that both mama and baby need. It also tastes great!

Sugar cravings often have underlying meanings that breastfeeding mamas need to aware of to combat them!

Reasons a protein powder may or may not be safe while breastfeeding.

One of the biggest questions breastfeeding mamas have concerning protein powder is whether or not it is a safe nutritional supplement to take while breastfeeding. This is a valid concern considering much of what mama consumes passes through to baby. And the truth of the answer is both yes and no. There are very specific reasons a protein powder supplement may not be considered safe. There are also some important factors that can make a protein powder perfectly safe and beneficial for breastfeeding mamas.

At Milk Dust, our goal is not only to provide a product, but to educate mothers on how to make the best choices concerning nutrition for themselves and their babies. If each mother is educated on the importance of nutrition during lactation, what specific nutrients both mama and baby need, and how to maintain a healthy milk supply and weight, then they can make an educated decision.

We will first go over how protein powder during lactation can be very effective in helping mother’s nourish their bodies properly for milk supply and weight loss.

Then, we will walk you through how some protein powders can be harmful and considered not safe for lactation. The most important point to make is that this is based on some scientific research and medical knowledge, but there are still a lack of studies looking at nutritional supplements during breastfeeding. By taking the research and studies that are out there, we can conclude various ingredients and nutrients are safe or not safe. This is in no way an article to replace advice from your doctor. Always seek medical advice during breastfeeding when choosing a product for yourself.

And here at Milk Dust, we’ve worked and discussed our formula specifically with doctor’s and medical professionals. We feel very confident in our formula and ingredients, though every person is different and different reactions and experiences vary depending on the individual.

What makes a protein powder safe for lactation?

Let’s go over the ingredients that make a protein powder safe for lactation first. Not all protein powders are created equal, and many of them are made with various sources of protein ranging from animals to plants. Some can have fillers, synthetic vitamins and artificial sweeteners, while others don’t. Here is the run down of what to look for:

A Clean Protein Source:

The protein source is key to whether or not your protein powder is safe. The first step is to determine if there are any allergies to the protein source. If there is a dairy allergy, or sensitivity, a whey-based protein powder with any creamers will not be “safe” for mama or baby. Allergic reactions mean inflammation, which isn’t a good thing.

Allergies are the main point to consider when looking at whether the protein source is the right one. Some protein sources come from casein (a form of dairy), egg whites, oats or soy. All of these have allergen properties, which can be passed through to baby. Milk Dust is made from pea protein and rice protein. These two protein sources tend to be the most allergy-friendly. Soy protein can have hormonal effects on estrogen levels, some mamas and babies have sensitivities to eggs, and oats have gluten. Pea protein is easily digested, a complete amino acid profile and blends well in powder form.

Natural Sweeteners and Flavoring:

This is another important aspect when choosing a safe protein powder. Many protein powders use sweeter, tastier flavorings that are artificial (chemical) and genetically modified. They taste amazing because they are chemically altered to bombard the taste buds. Natural sweeteners, like the ones we use in Milk Dust consist of Stevia, Monk Fruit, Organic Cane Juice, Honey and some sugar alcohols like organic erythritol. Natural sweeteners are really important to establishing a sweet, but not too sweet flavor. Artificial sweeteners are sucralose, aspartame and sugar alcohols. These are chemicals that give a sweet taste. Ensuring a product is naturally sweetened and Non-GMO like Milk Dust is really important. This eliminates some of the chemical load that can be passed on to baby.

Heavy Metal Testing:

This is a lesser-known issue in the supplement and protein world, but many companies use low-grade or quality ingredients that carry heavy metals. Most consumers aren’t aware of this at all, and it is important you choose a product that is manufactured in a facility that tests for heavy metals. Many companies are testing their products, but many aren’t. Usually products that are organic, Non-GMO and striving for high-quality test for heavy metals. Our manufacturers at Milk Dust are diligent about quality and testing. Usually cheaper, lower-end products with various chemicals contain heavy metals. Next time you are shopping protein powders, supplements or bottled drinks, just look at the ingredients list carefully. If there are chemicals you have no idea what they are, that is a good indicator there could be heavy metals as well. Just to recap:

A clean and safe protein powder for breastfeeding has all of these qualities:

  • A clean protein source that is allergy-friendly
  • No artificial sweeteners, GMOs or chemicals
  • Heavy metal testing and high-quality ingredients

Once you’ve distinguished your top protein powders that follow these guidelines, you can choose your product based on function and taste. There are very few lactation-boosting protein powders on the market in general, and we strive to offer the highest quality nutrients for our customers. Keep in mind that lactation-boosting herbs don’t have an appealing taste. Brewer’s yeast and fenugreek are the strongest flavors that many don’t like. This does make producing a tasty lactation-boosting protein powder challenging, but we worked hard to develop something sweet and smooth. Plant-based protein powders are grainier, but the nutritional value outweighs the tiny bit of grainy texture you may experience.

How does protein powder help with lactation and weight loss?

Our protein powder specifically offers 15 grams of protein per serving, along with healthy fats and fiber from chia seeds, flax seeds and pumpkin seeds. Seeds have been known to help with milk production, and the healthy fats are passed through the breast milk to baby. In addition, we have a lactation blend consisting of fenugreek, milk thistle, fennel, brewer’s yeast and red raspberry. This is a unique combination based on studies showing the combination of herbs to increase milk supply. These herbs and galactagogues have been used for centuries to promote lactation in new mothers. Our protein powder also helps with weight loss while breastfeeding because we’ve added specific nutritional needs like Chromium, vitamin B12, Folate and Magnesium, which are nutrients that are needed postpartum. Nutritional needs can cause sugar cravings, so by offering specific nutrients we are helping combat sugar cravings. Chromium in particular helps with blood sugar control, along with cinnamon bark and turmeric.

Our protein powder is also sweetened with natural sweeteners, which satisfies the sweet-tooth. Eating something sweet is one of the best ways to stop sugar cravings. A sweet, strawberry shake or blueberry smoothie can taste like an amazing dessert. Your sugar cravings are satisfied with something that tastes great, while also nourishing your body to thrive and produce lots of breast milk.

If you need help determining if Milk Dust is the right protein powder for you, feel free to reach out to us at milkdustprotein@gmail.com with questions.

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