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
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.
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).
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.
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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.
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!
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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,
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!
As a lactation consultant, one of the things I talk to new moms about is whether they are eating enough. It takes calories to make milk. Some moms complain they are always hungry, which can lead to poor food choices. I also talk to moms who say that they don’t feel hungry enough. They feel like they are not eating as much as they know they should be. They worry that this might decrease their milk supply. Some moms find it challenging to carve out time in their day to prepare nutritious meals and snacks.
I was excited when I heard about Milk Dust protein powder for lactation support and weight loss.
I routinely recommend smoothies to moms who find it hard to prepare meals several times a day. A product that is made to support milk supply and help moms with weight loss is a welcome addition to the protein powder market.
My breastfeeding days are long over. However, I wanted to try the product before I recommended it to moms.
It has a generous 14 gm of protein per serving and only 2 gm sugar. The sweeteners used are pure cane sugar, stevia, and monk fruit. The monk fruit is listed on the ingredients as luo han guo. I love that Milk Dust uses primarily organic ingredients.
The first time I tried it, I just mixed it with the recommended 12 oz of water. Not surprisingly, this produced a grey drink. I had a hard time identifying the overall taste and finally decided it reminded me of lemonade, with some green food thrown in.
When I added it to a smoothie, I used almond milk, a frozen acai packet, and some pineapple. Even with the acai packet, the color of my smoothie was grey. This has been my experience with any protein powder that has green food in it, so I’m used to it.
It contains spinach, spirulina, and chlorella and I can definitely taste that “green food” element to it. It also has blueberries and raspberries, which help give it a fruity component.
The protein blend is vegan with pea protein isolate, organic brown rice protein, organic pumpkin seed, organic chia seed, and organic flaxseed. This makes it a perfect option for anyone who is either vegan or doesn’t want to have dairy in their diet.
Both by itself and in a smoothie, it kept me feeling satisfied for a good three to four hours.
Ingredients That Support Milk Supply
One of the most common reasons moms stop breastfeeding before they planned to is because they think they don’t have enough milk. For most moms, if they breastfeed enough, consume enough calories and drink enough fluids, they will make enough milk. Milk Dust will help them get enough calories and fluids. It also has a lactation blend that contains ingredients that have a long history of helping moms make milk.
The ingredients that are in Milk Dust that support lactation are:
Milk Thistle: This herb has been shown through scientific research to be effective in helping women increase their milk production. It is also an herb that has been used for hundreds of years to help moms make more milk.
Fenugreek: Another herb that has also been subjected to scientific research that supports its use to help increase milk production. Personally, I have worked with many moms who successfully used Fenugreek to increase their milk production.
Brewer’s Yeast: This is a type of yeast that is used as a nutritional supplement. It is used in the production of beer. It has strong anecdotal support for helping boost milk supply.
Fennel Seed has also had positive results from scientific research in terms of supporting a good milk supply.
Moms who have used Milk Dust have been happy with the results they have seen in a more abundant milk supply. Just check out Milk Dust’s stories on Instagram for constant customer updates, thoughts and reviews saved in their highlights as well!
Milk Dust has cinnamon bark and turmeric to help curb sugar cravings. Both are known to decrease blood sugar levels which can help avoid that sugar crash from sugar-laden foods that make your blood sugar spike.
Milk Dust provides 74% of Vitamin B12 requirements, 91% of Vitamin A, 52% of Vitamin E, and a whopping 100% of folate requirements.
While Milk Dust can provide a quick snack or breakfast when mixed with water, I would encourage moms to make a smoothie with it. That way you can get a couple of your daily fruit requirements checked off. Throw in some spinach or kale, and you can really feel virtuous. Another way that I like to use protein powder is to make protein pancakes.
A container of Milk Dust will definitely be something the mom who is looking for some quick and easy meals to have on her shelf.
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 synthetic replications of vitamins
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:
Chromium, Magnesium, Potassium and Sodium
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:
Intense sugar cravings
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:
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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 email@example.com with questions.
Lactation shakes are super beneficial to both increasing milk supply, and helping new mommies lose weight. Lactation-boosting smoothies are very simple and quick to make, and they only usually require one hand, which is all new, nursing mamas have available most of the time.
You might be wondering, what is a lactation shake?
Lactation shakes are growing in popularity because they are a super tasty and efficient way to increase your milk supply. Depending on how you make them, they are also a great way to manage your weight loss after baby in a natural, healthy way.
A lactation shake is basically a smoothie, with galactagogues that have been shown both clinically and anecdotally to increase milk supply.
Lactation shakes usually consist of a frozen fruit, a milk of choice, possibly ice, galactagogues like oatmeal, brewers yeast and flaxseed, and superfoods like spinach. The combination of nutrients and lactation-boosting ingredients make a super power shake for your milk supply.
How do lactation shakes help with weight loss?
The key to using your lactation shake to help with weight loss is to make sure you have an awesome protein base, like Milk Dust, as well as fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables. This is an amazing combination because it combines filling fiber with satiating protein. Fiber is bulky and takes up space in your stomach and intestines. You can only eat so much cauliflower or broccoli without getting stuffed or gassy. Protein is very satiating because it takes a long time to digest, as well as being difficult to break down. It costs more calories to break down protein, so you are actually burning more calories by consuming protein.
In addition to being full of fiber and protein, lactation shakes are nutritional powerhouses if you add in fresh or frozen fruits and veggies.
Lactation shakes give your body the nutrients it needs to function properly. Without these nutrients, your body will signal its needs through cravings, mainly sugar cravings. By providing the necessary nutrients you need while breastfeeding, you are eliminating the need for cravings, as your body is able to replenish nutrient stores. Your body needs these nutrients to heal, and nourish another human being. This is where many of the cravings breastfeeding mamas experience kick in. Their body wants to make sure both mama and baby have what they need.
Lactation smoothies also combat sugar cravings, because they are sweet!
Lactation smoothies are an awesome way to taste something rich, creamy and sweet, which helps tremendously with sugar cravings. Actually eating something sweet really helps eliminate sugar cravings. The key is to eat something sweet that is nutritious. There are so many options for lactation shakes to taste like brownies, milk shakes, peanut butter cups and vanilla bean frappucinos. Nothing is more satisfying as a new mom, then being able to eat something that tastes like dessert, that is also going to help you with milk supply and weight loss.
Try these galactagogues for the perfect lactation shake:
In order to make your lactation shake super strength for your milk supply, you want to add galactagogues, or milk-boosting ingredients to your shake. Milk Dust of course offers a unique lactation blend consisting of fenugreek, fennel, brewer’s yeast, milk thistle and red raspberry leaf. All of these have been shown to increase milk supply. These are some of the most potent ingredients that aren’t easy to manually add to shakes.
Some additional herbs and milk-boosting ingredients include:
Flax seeds (also in Milk Dust) Chia seeds (also in Milk Dust) Pumpkin seeds (also in Milk Dust) Oatmeal – can blend up really well in any shake! Brewer’s Yeast – (also in Milk Dust, and can taste icky in shakes, so go lightly!)
These ingredients are going to be essential to making the perfect lactation shake. Without them, it isn’t considered a lactation shake. What else makes the perfect lactation shake?
The Essentials To Creating The Perfect Lactation Smoothie That Boosts Milk Supply Fast + Helps With Weight Loss:
Frozen Veggies and/or Fruit:
Frozen veggies or frozen fruit are going to make your lactation smoothie creamy, cool and thicker. You also get a shake, or ice cream-like texture with frozen fruit and veggies. What are some good frozen fruits and veggies? Here are our top choices:
Frozen cauliflower (rice blends better, and you can’t taste the cauliflower!)
Frozen zucchini (can’t taste zucchini)
Frozen avocado (blends super well with Milk Dust, and very creamy)
Frozen mango (also blends very creamy!)
Frozen berries of all kinds
Frozen pineapple, peaches, kiwi and other fruits
If you want your lactation smoothie to be particularly low in carbs, and higher in protein, choose a frozen veggie as your base. This will keep the sugar as low as possible.
Fresh Fruits + Spinach:
Adding in fresh fruits and spinach makes a wonderful lactation shake because you are getting more flavor. By adding in the fresh flavors, you get more sweetness. Some of the flavoring is lost in freezing fruits, so having some fresh berries, apples, oranges, avocado and other fruits on had is a really good idea. Spinach is the fresh veggie that loses a lot of its taste in smoothies, but still blends well and adds bulk. Fresh fruits and spinach help you get a bigger smoothie, that is more satisfying.
A Good Milk Choice:
Your milk choice makes a big difference in how your lactation smoothie will blend. Almond milk tends to be the most popular, and it blends well, but not as creamy as a full-fat milk like coconut milk or half-and-half. Milk Dust is dairy-free, but if you aren’t sensitive to dairy, combining a couple tablespoons of half-and-half with a lighter milk, like almond milk, adds a rich, creamy texture that resembles ice cream. If you are dairy free, adding a few tablespoons of coconut cream makes an amazing smoothie that is full of healthy fats and nutrients. Milk Dust in particular thickens to a creamy texture when blended with a fattier source like avocado, cream, coconut cream or even an almond milk creamer. Here are some different milk choices you can try:
Non-fat half-and-half (creamier without the fat)
Depending on the consistency you want, the more fat the milk has, the creamier the consistency of the shake. Combining a lighter milk like almond milk, with just a little bit of coconut cream or regular cream is a great middle ground to still have a light shake with a decadent taste.
A Protein Source:
Adding protein is essential to make your lactation shake satisfying and satiation, and protein is an essential macro nutrient for postpartum mamas. It is actually passed through breast milk to baby, and does wonders for a growing baby. Milk Dust is a plant-based protein source. No soy, dairy, hemp or animal proteins. It consists of a complete amino profile from peas, and also has organic brown rice protein, chia seeds, flax seeds and pumpkin seeds. The protein from this blend covers additional nutrient needs that are important to postpartum mamas. Without a protein source in a lactation shake, the fruits, veggies and milk will not blend as well. The powders really help thicken and mix the ingredients together. In the absence of a good, nutrient-dense and clean protein powder, there isn’t much protein in your shake. This leaves a major macro nutrient out of your diet.
These are your main essentials to create your perfect lactation shake. The fun aspect of the lactation shakes is the ability to change and have fun with your ingredients. Most of the time, you will find your go-to flavors and ingredients that work well for busy days and weeks. There are many options to make your lactation shakes into desserts, for those times when sugar cravings really hit hard.
Milk Dust specifically helps with sugar cravings, satiation, nourishment and milk supply because it combines specific ingredients, superfoods and galactagogues. It was specifically created to ensure postpartum, breastfeeding mamas are getting the nutrients they need to support breastfeeding and let go of stored fat.
For the past several years, I have helped mamas lose weight while breastfeeding. I am a firm believer in nutrition for milk supply. After years of searching for a protein powder specifically designed for breastfeeding mamas to combat these sugar cravings and provide nourishment, I realized I needed to make my own. I created Milk Dust – your best friend for lactation and weight loss.
In creating Milk Dust, I handpicked specific vitamins like folate (L-methylfolate), which is as important during lactation as it is during pregnancy. I also chose vitamin B12 for energy, and superfoods like chlorella, spirulina, spinach, and blueberries. To help mamas combat sugar cravings, I included stevia, monk fruit and organic cane juice so mamas can enjoy the sweetness with very little sugar. Plus, herbs like turmeric and cinnamon bark, and minerals like chromium, balance blood sugar and taste delicious. It’s like drinking a milkshake! To top it off, Milk Dust is plant-based, vegan, made of non-GMO ingredients and is free of soy, gluten, dairy, and corn.
Milk Dust is the only protein powder on the market that is clean, nutrient-dense and specifically made for postpartum healing, nourishment, lactation, and weight loss. Enjoy!
Milk Dust is specifically formulated with the highest quality, organic ingredients to promote nutritional excellence in breastfeeding mamas, while also curbing the sugar cravings that can inhibit weight loss.
Your nutrition as a new mama should be a priority. It doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Protein shakes made with Milk Dust will make your insides happy. Think of Milk Dust as a magic dust that absorbs into your body and leaves you and baby flying on a cloud of nutrients.
Milk Dust Curbs Sugar Cravings.
Sugar craving is one of the most difficult aspects of losing weight while breastfeeding. Many times sugar cravings indicate mineral and nutrient deficiencies, which causes your body to crave glucose. Your body sends craving signals in hopes that you will eat something with more nutrients. Milk Dust holds a unique combination of chromium, magnesium, cinnamon bark, zinc, and folate. Chromium and magnesium are essential minerals that many are deficient in. These deficiencies result in strong sugar and carbohydrate cravings. Zinc and folate are also two very important nutrients for mothers healing after baby. A mother’s body needs zinc to repair cells and recover after birth. Folate is not only needed during pregnancy but also after baby arrives as it passes to baby through breast milk. In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends mamas consume 500 micrograms of folate daily while nursing. Lastly, cinnamon bark can help balance blood sugar, keeping sugar cravings at bay.
You can lose the weight and have your milk supply too.
Milk Dust is chocked full of lactation-boosting ingredients like fenugreek, milk thistle, fennel seed, Brewer’s yeast, and raspberry leaf. These ingredients give you a magic potion to quickly boost your milk supply. Our special blend has secondary, milk-boosting nutrients like turmeric and pumpkin seeds.
Milk Dust Promotes Healthy Energy without Caffeine.
Milk Dust provides a caffeine-free, healthy option for mamas on the go. Milk Dust is a unique powerhouse of green energy consisting of spirulina, chlorella, and wheatgrass, as well as vitamin B12 and turmeric. Spirulina is high in iron. Chlorella and wheatgrass help pull toxins out of breast milk, in addition to giving mama a healthy boost of energy. Vitamin B12 passes through breast milk to growing baby. Plus, vitamin B12 helps prevent anemia in postpartum mamas. Combined with the protein in Milk Dust, this blend of nutrients will help repair blood and nerve cells, which are important for boosting energy levels.
Motherhood and breastfeeding comes with a lot of questions and insecurities, but nutrition shouldn’t be one of them. New mommies need to be take responsibility for themselves as much as baby, in terms of nutrition and health. As a new mommy, breastfeeding a new baby, nutrition needs to be one of your top priorities, and taking the time to understand what those nutritional needs are is necessary!
Milk Dust is a helper in the nutritional needs department, for mamas who are ready to get back on track with fitness and health, yet fearful of losing any milk supply. This doesn’t need to be a fear at all, and with beautiful, pure and clean nutritional support, it is totally possible to give your body the essential nutrients it needs to thrive. Let’s to over what some of those nutritional needs are, to help guide you in your daily meal choices.
Macro Nutrient Need 1- Protein:
Protein is an essential nutrient new mommies need while breastfeeding and healing postpartum. Protein is responsible for many important bodily functions including cell-regeneration (hello healing after birth!!), skin, hair, nails, brain function and muscle repair/growth. The reason this is at the top of the list, which you can learn more in the very unique, breastfeeding diet program for healing and weight loss, The Postpartum Cure,
is because we don’t make protein from within. It needs to come from the outside. This is where Milk Dust can literally be your best friend. It is a pure, healthy source of protein that your muscles, cells and brain needs, while also providing you with additional nutrients and lactation-boosting herbs your boobies need. Protein is also going to keep your blood sugar stable, as well as fill you up. Protein needs to be a part of EVERY meal or snack, even if it is just some string cheese or hummus. A protein shake with Milk Dust protein IS AMAZING because you can blend it with fruits and veggies for the additional fiber and nutrients.
Macro Nutrient Need 2 – Carbohydrates (not bread!):
Many immediately associate the word carbohydrates with bread, rice, crackers and potatoes. Those are not the carbohydrates your body REALLY needs as a breastfeeding mama. What your body needs are lots of nutrients from fruits, vegetables and super carbohydrates like sweet potatoes, rutabaga and squash. Carbohydrates are your body’s first choice for fuel to function. Of course, if you don’t eat carbs, your body will use fat as fuel, but it doesn’t like it, and you don’t need to do this while breastfeeding. You can follow a keto diet if it seems to work really well for YOU INDIVIDUALLY, but majority of the time it is hard to sustain while breastfeeding. That being said, most fruit and veggies are “lower carb,” but that isn’t the point. These are carbohydrates that are full of phyto-nutrients, antioxidants, vitamins, fiber and minerals your body will put to work right away. Your body needs lots of healthy carbohydrates to fuel breastfeeding. Breastfeeding does require some additional energy needs, which your body prefers to meet with healthy fruits and veggies. Of course, Milk Dust has organic fruits included in the mix, which adds some additional nutrients and benefits to the protein blend!
Micro Nutrient Need 3 -B12 + Folate (L-Methylfolate):
You might’ve been thinking fat was going to be next, which your body does need while breastfeeding, but you don’t actually need that much. If you refer to this table from the National Center for Biotechnology Information, the B12 and Folate needs while breastfeeding are still MORE than if not breastfeeding, and very close to when pregnant. Folate increases to 500 when lactating, Vitamin B12 is needed more in lactation than in pregnancy. These two micro nutrients are large players in energy levels for new mamas, which is why I’ve included them into Milk Dust, so you can get your dose all in one product. The difference between Folate, Folic Acid and L-Methylfolate is reserved for another post, but to keep it short, Milk Dust offers L-Methylfolate because it is an active state. Many women go un-diagnosed with 5-MTHFR gene mutations, which causes an inability to digest and convert folate/folic acid. By including the active L-Methylfolate, this is eliminating this problem for those mamas!
Micro Nutrient Need 4 – Zinc:
Looking at the table above, you can see the needs for Zinc also increase to the highest need when lactating. This is an important nutrient because Zinc is responsible for helping your body heal after birth. Zinc is an essential nutrient that plays a role in infant growth and development. When your body is lactating, it needs more zinc because baby needs zinc! Your body will even start absorbing more zinc than normal to help meet your baby’s demands.
“During lactation, your body has increased zinc requirements in order to meet the baby’s needs. In fact, your body naturally increases intestinal absorption of zinc during lactation in order to ensure you receive enough of this essential nutrient. The Recommended Dietary Allowance for zinc while nursing is 12 milligrams per day. Because the nutrients in breast milk come from your own maternal stores, having a poor zinc status going into pregnancy or nursing will increase your risk for zinc deficiency.”
Knowing how important this nutrient is for breastfeeding mothers, Milk Dust also offers zinc to help fully nourish mommy and baby.
Macro Nutrient Need 5 – Omega-3 Fats
Yes, fats are important, just like carbs and protein. But, as the same with carbs, all fats are not created equal. The fats that are most important for breastfeeding mothers are the Omega-3 fatty acids. These fatty acids are very important for baby’s development, and they can pass through the breast milk to baby. We also have to consume them to give them, meaning we need to take them in. “Both EPA and DHA are important, but DHA is particularly important throughout pregnancy and during the early stages of an infant’s life.” Source.
Knowing how important these fatty acids are, breastfeeding mamas can take a clean fish oil supplement, eat clean fish and also use some seeds. Milk Dust offers protein from flax seeds, which are beneficial to milk supply, as well as offering some awesome fatty acids for mama and baby. Flax seed is a wonderful substitute for fish oils (no worry about mercury!), but it does need additional break down from enzymes that fish oil doesn’t need. There is an additional enzyme and probiotic digestive blend in Milk Dust to help ensure that the flax seed protein, as well as the chia seed and pumpkin protein are properly absorbed and digested to increase as much nutrient absorption as possible.
Of course there are more nutritional needs breastfeeding mamas should pay attention too, but these are 5 critical ones that need to be acknowledged and understood both for the health of mama and baby! Ideally, all these nutrients need to come from real, wholesome foods, but realistically, that doesn’t always happen. That’s why Milk Dust is your new best friend. It will help you nourish your body, as well as promote healthy lactation for breastfeeding mommies!
Milk Dust offers breastfeeding and postpartum mamas much needed help to properly nourish their bodies, as well as combat the intense sugar and carbohydrate cravings that seem to plague lactating mamas. Milk Dust offers hand-picked ingredients by Katie, a Pre/Postnatal Fitness Specialist, Founder of The Postpartum Cure and mom of three boys. Each ingredient serves an immensely important purpose for both mama and baby, which is why Milk Dust is in demand world wide. Breastfeeding mothers everywhere are searching for nutritional guidance and help to produce a healthy milk supply, while also getting back into shape after baby.
Taking a prenatal vitamin during pregnancy is widely advocated by doctors everywhere to support the growth of baby inside the womb, but what about mama and baby when nutritional needs actually increase, and the postpartum phase, or fourth trimester begins? Nutrition during lactation deserves just as much attention and importance as pre-natal nutritional support, so Milk Dust is here to offer a clean, safe, high-quality protein powder that supports the very important nutritional needs of both mama and baby.
You can read about the 5 critical nutrients breastfeeding mamas need, which are discussed in detail. These nutrients are absolutely included in Milk Dust. They are Protein, organic fruits, B12 and L-Methylfolate, Omega-3 sources (flax seed protein), and Zinc. Zinc is a very important nutrient that babies need as well.
In addition to these 5 essential macro and micro nutrients, Milk Dust offers sugar craving blend that helps regulate blood sugar and cravings. This blend includes Chromium, which is often associated with sugar cravings. A deficiency in Chromium can cause a consistent, difficult-to-resist, craving for carbohydrates and sugar. Another piece of this blend includes cinnamon bark, which has been proven in studies to balance blood sugar and manage cravings. This is a TREMENDOUS help for mamas who are working hard to lose the baby weight, but can’t seem to get a handle on their cravings for things like cookies, chocolate, nutella and brownies. These are the most popular cravings mentioned by members of The Postpartum Cure.
While balancing your blood sugar and minimizing sugar cravings, Milk Dust is encouraging your milk supply with lactation-boosting ingredients.
Many of the lactation-boosting ingredients you’ve read about are packaged together to offer an impressive blend for a healthy milk supply. This is incredibly helpful for mamas who are scared to lose any milk supply as they start dieting and working out. This is usually the point where most mamas give up. They start reducing calories and adding in workouts, and because their nutrition is deficient in essential nutrients, they experience a dip in milk supply. No more milk fears with Milk Dust. You can start losing weight, eating healthy and working out, while still nourishing your body and supporting your milk supply for growing baby.
Is Milk Dust the perfect solution?
No, the perfect solution is your own garden of fruits and vegetables and personal chickens, cows and goats. Realistically, our world is far from the perfect solution for nutrition, but we sure can get close. Supplements like Milk Dust are here to help, support and encourage a healthy lifestyle in the midst of this busy world. Mothers are busier than ever, and products like Milk Dust offer quick solutions that are far better than packaged/processed chips, crackers, breads, fast food and more.
To help, Milk Dust presents a unique, probiotic and enzyme blend that helps your body digest and absorb all the nutrients and proteins in the powder. This is actually very, very important because as our bodies get accustomed to digesting fake-food, we lose a lot of enzymes and bacteria necessary to break down and absorb the fiber and protein in real foods. Adding in probiotics and enzymes not only helps you digest Milk Dust, but they continue to work for all your meals and heal your gut balance!
Milk Dust was created because breastfeeding mamas need help. There is a gap in nutritional products that are clean, healthy, and supportive of postpartum nutritional needs. There is also no support at all for weight loss while breastfeeding. There are natural and healthy foods and herbs that can help breastfeeding mamas fight the intense cravings and nutritional deficiencies that arise during while breastfeeding.