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A baby's delicate stomach can't take any food. The maturation process required by the digestive system means that the baby is not prepared to digest certain foods during the first months of life, when in addition only breast milk is sufficient to cover its nutritional needs.

However, from 6 months, the baby needs other nutrients and pediatricians give parents some tables or recommendations on how, when and in what order to introduce food in the baby's diet. watch out! A child under the age of 2 years old should never eat these foods.

Never Give These 7 Foods To a Child Under 2 Years Old

Salt


You might find it crazy to cook without salt. When you prepare different porridge for your little one and try them, you will find them terribly unsavory. However, too much salt is very harmful to children. With the sodium in the food and the sodium in the milk, they have enough.

Beverages


If you're a fan of cola drinks or sugary soft drinks, it's possible that - when your little one sees you drinking them - he'll want some too. Don't give him! The amount of sugar they have, in addition to caffeine, artificial coloring and sweeteners will affect your sleep cycle, make you irritable, lose your appetite and can lead to obesity.

Honey


Many people don't know it, but this food can cause botulism by containing the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. If - after eating honey - your little one gets intoxicated with it, you should take him immediately to a hospital because it can have deadly consequences. Some of the symptoms are: Seeing double or blurred, drooping eyelids, difficulty speaking or swallowing, dry mouth and muscle weakness.

Peanuts


Actually, any nut is totally forbidden. In addition to producing allergies, this food is one of the most frequent causes of child choking. Therefore, children should not consume it until at least their fifth birthday.

Candies


Actually any processed sugar or sweeteners. If you're going to give your little one a fruit dessert, you don't need to add any of these foods. In addition, sweets - in whatever format they come in - are full of empty calories (i.e. they don't provide any nutrients), and saturated sugars. Watch out! Kids can't eat chewing gum or snacks like Doritos, Chips, etc.

Sausages


Not only are they a source of processed meat, which means they are full of nitrates, sodium and fat, but they also make choking easier. Although they are easy to prepare and children love them, beware! If you give them to them, try to cut them into very small pieces and cook them only on special occasions.

Swordfish and bluefin tuna


they are fish with a high mercury content so the baby should not take them until the age of 3 years old.

Watch out! Never Give These 7 Foods To a Child Under 2 Years Old

The traditional Greek diet, formed by history and climatic conditions, meets the main criteria of an optimal diet: it has properties that promote health and is compatible with a sustainable environment.

Greek Diet - The Key To a Healthier Life


In simple terms, the traditional Greek regime is based on:


  • High consumption of olive oil, which in Greece, more than in any other country, is extra virgin;
  • High consumption of unrefined vegetables, legumes, fruits and cereals;
  • Preference for fish over meat;
  • Emphasis on feta cheese and yogurt, instead of other dairy products;
  • Moderate consumption of wine, especially during meals.


Prototype of the traditional Mediterranean diet


The properties that promote the health of this diet have been documented among many populations, and at different times in history. In the late 1960s, the original work of Ansell Keys (a renowned scientist who studied the impact of diet on health) on the Greek population gave weight to the idea that the traditional Greek diet represents a distinguished prototype of the traditional Mediterranean diet.

The traditional Greek diet has been found to increase longevity and protect against serious diseases, such as coronary heart disease and many types of cancer.

Recent studies have also recognized the Greek diet for its health-promoting attributes. In addition, scientists have shown that there are two factors that play an important role in a healthy diet:


  • Combination of dietary intakes
  • High quality food components.


High quality

Greece can rightly be proud of the high quality and supreme taste of many of its food products, including olive oil, dairy products, vegetables and fruits. But they are not only the products that form the most important components of this famous diet. Many traditional Greek recipes and sweets have an impressive array of beneficial properties. The unexpected nutritional properties of many Greek dishes are just now recognized.

The Greek Diet - The Key To a Healthier Life

The egg is a particularly attractive food to delve into. It is full of nutrients and yet has been demonized for decades because of its high cholesterol and fat content and its unfavorable results in relation to cardiovascular disease in various studies. Although in recent years the stringent restrictions of yesteryear (which were almost banned) have been relaxed to some extent, there is much confusion about the appropriateness of their consumption.

Is it Bad To Eat Lots of Eggs? How Many Eggs Is It Safe To Eat Per Day?


The egg is a cheap food, easy to obtain, which provides a large quantity and variety of proteins and fats (saturated, monounsaturated and poinnsaturated), cholesterol and many vitamins. With regard to cardiovascular risk, many analyses have been carried out depending on how it affects cholesterol levels, but this type of assessment is not very useful. Firstly, because it has been repeatedly demonstrated that the intake of eggs does not usually affect colestrol in blood in most people (not to mention the discrepancies that there are in some circles regarding the levels of cholesterol most recommended by studies such as this). Secondly, because it is more practical to skip the intermediate step of cholesterol and analyze directly what the studies say about its relationship with cardiovascular disease.

It is relatively simple to analyze the short-term effect of eating eggs frequently. Intervention studies show that they are mostly positive. If we refer to the long term, decades ago several researches were carried out that related their intake with an increase in cardiovascular risk. An article like this has even been published recently: Dietary cholesterol and egg yolks: Not for patients at risk of vascular disease in 2010 (it is an opinion-review, not epidemiological) alerting of the risks of eating eggs, with the consequent subsequent discrepant responses (so that they later say that there is scientific consensus).

The problem with old epidemiological studies is that they did not isolate the effect and possible influence of other foods. That is, the increased risk could be caused by the egg, bacon, coffee or butter toast that usually accompanies eggs. Or by any other factor. This is highlighted by the probably best reviews that have been made on the subject and which I strongly recommend reading: A Review of Scientific Research and Recommendations Regarding Eggs (2004) and Egg Consumption and Coronary Heart Disease: An Epidemiologic Overview (2000).

As the methodology of the studies was refined, especially by separating in more detail the influence of different foods, the risk disappeared. It occurred most dramatically in the famous massive 1999 study "A Prospective Study of Egg Consumption and Risk of Cardiovascular Disease in Men and Women," which followed nearly 120,000 people for 14 years. No increased cardiovascular risk was found among people who ate more than one egg a day (although it was found among people with diabetes).

How Many Eggs Is It Safe To Eat Per Day


Since then and over the last ten years most studies have reached similar conclusions.
On the other hand, in an analysis of what these risks socially mean, the 2009 review "A comparison of egg consumption with other modifiable coronary heart disease lifestyle risk factors: a relative risk apportionment study" calculated that limiting the number of eggs would, at best and for most people, reduce the risk by less than 1%. A really negligible impact.

A number of positive results that have been obtained among people with diabetes remain to be clarified. Let us hope that future research will shed light on this.

Is it Bad To Eat Lots of Eggs? How Many Eggs Is It Safe To Eat Per Day?


In conclusion, my view is that there is no compelling evidence that eating eggs is a health risk, and they are an exceptional and affordable nutritional option. As I have said on other occasions, I think it is much more important to eliminate factors with a demonstrated increased risk: stress, sedentary lifestyle, smoking, obesity, refined carbohydrates, alcohol and so on. If you are very prudent, you can limit yourself to one egg a day, as all the most recent and rigorous studies do not find any risk up to this amount. It will be enough for you to watch your usual blood indicators and results to monitor how your body responds and if, as expected, you do not see anything out of the ordinary, you will even be able to increase this amount considerably without any problems.

You also don't need to emulate Margaret Tatcher, with her 28 eggs a week.

Is it Bad To Eat Lots of Eggs? How Many Eggs Is It Safe To Eat Per Day?

Why do you have to be careful in summer when eating eggs or mayonnaise? In the summer months, mothers often repeat ad nauseam that you have to be careful with certain foods, especially if you eat away from home. The reason is simple, during this time food poisoning increases due to eating foods that contain toxic microorganisms.

What To Do in Case of Food Poisoning


Summer poisonings are more frequent for two main reasons.

"On the one hand, because natural causes favor it, since bacteria, which are present in the soil, air or water, grow faster in the hot months (they need temperatures between 36 and 37 degrees Celsius to live and reproduce) and on the other hand, there is a greater tendency to eat outdoors (barbecues, picnics, swimming pools, travel, etc.), where security controls are not the same as in a home kitchen."

Among the main mistakes that are made to increase the risk of intoxication, the specialist points out maintaining inadequate storage temperatures, undercooking food, improper hygiene and leaving products cooked at room temperature for several hours.

The severity of a poisoning and the symptoms a person has will depend on the amount of contaminated food ingested, the person and the type of organism causing the contamination.

The first symptoms usually appear between 2-6 hours after ingestion. The most common are stomach upset, diarrhea, fever, vomiting, abdominal cramps, dehydration, general weakness and headache. "The people who are most susceptible to this type of illness are children, pregnant women, the elderly and individuals with weakened immune systems, so we must pay special attention to these groups," he adds.

The foods that cause the most poisoning

Among the foods that most often cause food poisoning, we highlights:


Eggs

This food may contain the bacteria Salmonella, which causes diarrhea, vomiting and fever. The risk of intoxication is greater when consumed undercooked, with the yolk soft, or raw, in the case of mayonnaise preparation.

"A good option is to opt for pasteurized eggs, since this process eliminates possible bacteria."

Mayonnaise

According to the specialist, homemade mayonnaise is the ideal way to avoid poisoning, the problem is that the risk of contamination is great if there is a lack of hygiene and handling.

"You should never eat mayonnaise in packages or containers outside the refrigerator," he says. "It is preferable to take mayonnaise, served in individual disposable airtight bags."

Green leafy vegetables


Green leafy vegetables offered in buffet restaurants may contain hidden bacteria. The expert points out that in these cases it is not enough to wash them with water (unlike at home, where the product can be sanitized in this way), it is necessary to disinfect to eliminate microorganisms.

"Soak the vegetables for about 15 minutes in a solution of water and sodium hypochlorite. For every liter of water we need a spoonful of hypochlorite of good origin and without smell", he adds.

Meat


Meats may also contain bacteria such as Clostridium perfringens. The meat must always be kept at a temperature of less than 5ºC and, at the moment of consumption, it must be eaten well done.

What To Do in Case of Food Poisoning - Seafood


Seafood


Raw or improperly cooked shellfish may contain harmful viruses and bacteria. To avoid intoxication it is necessary to follow some handling and hygiene measures.

Thus, we should make sure that they have a good smell and a bright appearance (although the colour of the mussels does not always reflect the quality, but indicates whether they are female or male). In addition, the shells of clams, cockles, mussels and oysters must be hermetically sealed. If they are not closed it means that the animal is no longer alive. The liquid that sometimes comes out of the shells must be clear, abundant and smelling of the sea.

Sausages


The sausages must be removed from the original packaging and stored in containers with lids.

"When serving, use a fork to pick up individual slices, avoiding handling the food with your hands," he says before adding that it is best to eat it within two days after opening. "If you see that the sausage has a change in coloring, this is a sign that the bacteria are already present", he insists.

Canned products


Canned products have an internal varnish that preserves their contents; however, small bumps can break this protection. When opening a can, make sure there are no bubbles, as if it were fermenting.

"If we open a can and do not want to consume all its contents, it is best to remove it from the packaging and store it in another container with a tightly closed lid and consume it in up to three days," he says.

Hot Dog


Finally, the specialist points out that hot dog sausage can carry the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes. To avoid eating sausages that are not refrigerated, they need to be cooked for five minutes.

How to treat food poisoning


In most cases, the poisonings are mild and symptoms disappear within two to three days, when contaminated food is completely eliminated.

"However, food poisoning can be aggravated, even leading to the death of the affected person, although these extreme and very rare cases are caused by Clostridium botulinum poisoning, which causes botulism, for example".

In general, the following steps can relieve symptoms of food poisoning and prevent dehydration in adults:

  • Drink plenty of fluids such as fruit juices, caffeine-free drinks, and broths to replace fluids and electrolytes.
  • Drink small sips of clear liquids or crushed ice if there is still a problem with vomiting.
  • Gradually reintroduce foods. We can start with soft, easily digestible foods such as rice, toast or bread, cereal, lean meat, applesauce and bananas and avoid fatty, sugary, dairy, caffeine and alcohol foods until full recovery.
  • Infants and children have special concerns. They are likely to become dehydrated more quickly from diarrhea and vomiting, so consult your pediatrician.
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What To Do in Case of Food Poisoning

This recipe was created in honor of the Russian dancer Anna Pavlova during her tour in New Zealand and Australia. Who is the creator of this deliciously refined dessert is controversial - but we don't care about that, as long as it tastes good. And it does, very much so!

Pavlova - Divine Dessert, deliciously crispy and fluffy at the same time


INGREDIENTS

MERINGUE

3 egg whites
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1 teaspoon white vinegar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 pinch of salt

CHANTILLY CREAME

1 package whipped cream
2 tablespoons powdered sugar

FRUITS

2 cups of different fruits: Kiwis, raspberries, peaches, grapes, etc. and cut into portions

PREPARATION

STEP 1

Beat the egg whites until snowy and slowly add the sugar. Carefully fold in the cornstarch, the vinegar and the vanilla extract. To one third of the meringue spread on a baking sheet laid with baking paper with a diameter of about 20 cm. Using a pastry bag, sprinkle the other two thirds on the "bottom" to make a crown and bake at 100 degrees (or less) for 2 hours. He is done as soon as the outer shell is hard. Turn off the oven and leave it for a few minutes with the door halfway open. Then remove from the oven and let cool.

STEP 2

Beat the cream and add the sugar.

STEP 3

Put the meringue on the plate, top with cream and garnish with fruit.

Pavlova meringue-based dessert


If you already buy a finished "Chantilly Creame" and contain this vanilla, you do not need to add extra vanilla extract in the meringue itself!

Pavlova: Divine Dessert, deliciously crispy and fluffy at the same time

Although it seems that a hot chicken soup helps during a flu, there are foods that contain essential nutrients for our defenses. Ingesting them in correct amounts can save us from more than one aversion.

Foods That Boost The Immune System and Help Your Defenses - Brazil nut


It is well known that what we eat has important and profound effects on our health, from the density of our bones to the performance of our brain. One of the fundamental principles is to provide our immune system with the ability to defend itself against bacterial, fungal and viral attacks. You can follow a "healthy" diet, have a good figure, strong teeth and, at the same time, defenses that defend nothing. Indian physician and researcher Ranjit Chandra of Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada, published a study describing the relationship between food and our defenses: "Nutrition is a fundamental factor in the immune response, and malnutrition is one of the most common causes of immunodeficiency in the world. "The three nutrients that play a major role in maintaining a good immune system are selenium, zinc and vitamin B6 (although they are not the only ones, for example iron is also involved, but to a lesser extent).

Selenium in nuts, mushrooms and cod


Why are Spanish farmers a bull? Higher genes? Maybe. Another option may refer to this habit of eating garlic as someone who eats pipes, raw and everything. This food is a good source of selenium, a chemical element of the nonmetals group. In a study published in "The Journal of Nutrition" by researcher John R. Arthur and his team, the Rowett Reseach Institute, explains that "selenium has great potential to influence our immune system. But in the scientific world, getting answers inevitably leads to new questions. John Arthur explains that "only when all the functions of selenoproteins are described will we be able to fully understand their role in maintaining optimal immune function. There are many foods (that we love) that are good sources of selenium. Here are some examples from data from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA):

  • Garlic It contains 14.2 micrograms per 100 g. One third of the recommended daily amount.
  • Brazil nuts. These are selenium queens by far. 100 grams contain 1,917 micrograms (or almost the same, 2 milligrams), which is equivalent to 3,485.4% of the recommended daily amount.
  • Atlantic cod, dry and salty. It contains 147 micrograms of this nutrient, which far covers our daily needs.
  • Shiitake mushrooms. These Asian mushrooms, typical of Japanese cuisine, contain 46 micrograms (per 100 g), which practically covers the daily needs of our body.

Foods That Boost The Immune System and Help Your Defenses - Garlic


All are important, but B6 is fundamental


All nuts are appreciated for their nutritional values, more now that fats have lost that reputation for "bad" they had. Pistachios are distinguished among all nuts, not only for their taste (and price), but also for their high vitamin B6 content. One of its functions is to play an important role in the creation of antibodies. For this reason, as explained in his book "Let's buy lies" José Manuel López Nicolás, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) believes that you can advertise a product containing at least 15% vitamin B6 per day. with slogans like "help your defenses" or "help the immune system". Peppers are one of the kings of this vitamin, specifically a characteristic of Mexico, Chile pasilla (named for its dry, raisin-like appearance), but it is not the only one. 100 grams of these foods will provide us with all the vitamin B6 we need:

  • Salvia This spice is rich in this nutrient, since it contains 2.69 mg.
  • Spearmint Typical of some gastronomies... and mojito. It contains 2.58 mg, more than enough for our daily lives.
  • Piquillo pepper It contains 2.54 mg.
  • Pistachios Those already mentioned contain 1.70 mg, which exceeds 1.4 mg of the recommended daily amount.

Foods That Boost The Immune System and Help Your Defenses - Pistachios


A scarce and fundamental metal for us


Although with cheaper types starting to arrive from distant shores, oysters have traditionally been exclusive to the larger portfolios. Turns out their flavor and texture aren't the only thing special. It is one of the largest known food sources of zinc. Researcher Pamela J. Faker and her team at Michigan State University in the United States published a study in 2000 looking at the relationship between zinc deficiencies and immune system activity and how it affected the human body to restore normal levels of this micronutrient. "The results of more than three decades of work indicate that zinc deficiency causes a rapid decrease in the response of antibodies and immune system cells," says his research.

This makes it clear that a deficiency of this metal can cause us more than one headache. So much so that, in this study, the researcher says that "a lack of zinc in the diet can lead to an increase in the prevalence of opportunistic infections and mortality rates". To avoid these harmful consequences, we can resort to the following foods (per 100 g):

  • Raw oysters: contain 39.30 mg of zinc, almost 4 times more than the recommended daily amount.
  • Veal: it is very rich in this nutrient, containing the ribs, for example, 11.49 milligrams.
  • Pumpkin seeds. They contain 10.30 mg or, in other words, the total daily requirement.
  • Sesame flour. They cover our needs with 10.70 mg.

A balanced diet must include everything, not only the 'healthy' foods that cause visible effects in the mirror, but also those that really help us in times of need.

Foods That Boost The Immune System and Help Your Defenses

Today I have some delicious chicken avocado burritos filled with juicy chicken, creamy avocado, melted cheese and a spicy salsa verde and sour cream! They are so easy to make, wrap everything up, grill and enjoy! Take care to cover the cheese on the top and bottom of the burrito so that it can melt sticky when grilling.

Chicken Avocado Burritos

Chicken avocado burritos


Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 5 minutes
Total playing time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4

Chicken, Avocado Warps


Ingredients
  • 4 burrito wraps (cornflakes for gluten-free), heated
  • 500 g cooked chicken, sliced or shredded
  • 1 large ripe avocado, diced
  • 200 g shredded cheese
  • 100 g cup Salsa Verde
  • 150 g sour cream or Greek yogurt
  • 100 g rocket

Chicken, Avocado Warps


The wraps must be briefly heated in the microwave or oven and can then be filled immediately.

Put all ingredients in the middle of the burrito wraps. Fold in two opposite sides of the wraps, then roll up from another side so that the wraps are closed from all sides.

Grill the burritos on the grill or in the grill pan for 5 minutes. Enjoy!

Chicken Avocado Burritos - They are so easy to make, wrap everything up, grill and enjoy!

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Chicken Avocado Burritos

Breastfeeding is a special time in the life of both mother and child and experts explain that breast milk is far superior to artificial feeding, which is associated with a general decreased state of health and more infant deaths from diarrhea in both developing and developed countries.

How to Increase the Production and Supply of Breast milk Naturally


The World Health Organization recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life, with solids gradually being introduced around this age. Supplemented breastfeeding is recommended until the age of two.

Studies show that in addition to the bonding that mother and baby experience, breastfeeding is associated with increased intelligence in later life and significantly lowers the risk of many illnesses including:

  • sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)
  • middle ear infections, colds and flus
  • childhood leukemia
  • childhood onset diabetes
  • asthma and eczema
  • dental problems
  • obesity
  • psychological disorders

Breastfeeding is also beneficial for the mother in the following ways:

  • Helps the uterus return to its pre-pregnancy size and position
  • Reduces postpartum bleeding
  • Assists in returning to pre-pregnancy weight
  • Reduces the risk of breast cancer in later life

Unfortunately even though mothers may choose to breastfeed, they often experience difficulty in the supply and production of breast milk. They may also unknowingly have a problem with low quality breast milk which can result in the baby not being completely satisfied with feeds.

Breast milk production and supply are not the same thing and each is influenced by different factors. A mother can have either a problem with production (usually hormonal, obstructive or due to improper feeding habits) or supply (most often due to poor nutrition or weak constitution) or both. Sometimes there can be no problem with supply or production of breast milk but the quality of breast milk may not be sufficient to satisfy the baby. Traditionally modern medicine only accepted problems of insufficient production but now with advances in technology that enable us to measure the quality of breast milk it is now accepted that these three problems mentioned above are all real conditions that need to be addressed appropriately in the breastfeeding mother.

In order to understand how to address problems of low breast milk or insufficient lactation we need to understand how and when breast milk is produced and what factors are involved in the production, supply and quality of breast milk.

How and when breast milk is produced


Breast milk is produced under the influence of certain hormones that are released after birth, these include prolactin and oxytocin. The release of these hormones is directly related to the act of the baby suckling on the breast which in turn stimulates the nerve endings present in the areola of the breast and cause the release of these hormones by the pituitary gland. Prolactin causes the alveoli or glands within the breast to take nutrients from the blood supply and turn them into breast milk. Oxytocin on the other hand is responsible for the contraction of cells around the alveoli and subsequent release of the breasmilk through the breast ducts and out through the 15 to 20 openings in each breast.

There are a number of factors that can affect production and therefore result in no or insufficient breast milk, these are categorised as follows:

  1. Problems with secretion of either prolactin or oxytocin
  2. Obstruction of the breast ducts
  3. Fatigue and/or stress resulting in the inability of the muscles to contract and release breast milk

Problems with hormonal secretion

It is rare that insufficient lactation can be caused by a problem of the pituitary gland, more often cases of non-secretion are due to insufficient stimulation of the nerve endings by the baby not latching or sucking appropriately or indeed not suckling at all in cases where the baby may be unable to feed or the mother is unable to. In these cases it is encouraged to use proper posture and also use a pump in between feeds to encourage breast milk production.

Obstruction of the breast ducts

Obstruction of the breast ducts is a fairly common occurrence and usually is associated with inflammation of the breast (mastitis) but may be due to other causes such as injury or previous surgery to the breast etc. Fortunately it is easy to treat, a doctor could prescribe an anti-inflammatory or you could use natural herbs such as mu tong or fenugreek which has been traditionally used to open the breast ducts, reduce inflammation and promote milk production and flow. Some of the natural supplements to increase breast milk contain these ingredients and will be discussed later in this article.

Fatigue/Stress

Fatigue and stress can play a part in any illness and is a common occurrence postpartum. For some this may even be serious enough to be considered postnatal depression. Both stress and fatigue can affect the function of both prolactin and oxytocin as energy is required for all bodily functions to occur including contraction of the muscles responsible for promoting the flow of breast milk. Mothers should get sufficient sleep and also eat healthy to combat fatigue. Stress can be eased by getting help in managing the baby from friends and family. Some natural postpartum supplements can also assist in reducing fatigue and stress. These will be discussed under the supplements section.

The quantity and quality of breast milk is largely influenced by the health and nutritional status of the mother. Studies have shown that nutritional status affects more the quality than the quantity of breast milk so that often a mother will be producing enough milk but the quality and nutritional value of that milk may not be sufficient to provide optimal growth for the baby. Often the body will be able to provide sufficient protein and fat content for inclusion in breast milk by taking this from the mothers blood supply and if necessary by breakdown of the mothers own protein and fat stores. However the inclusion of vitamins, minerals and other essential substances will be directly affected by the mothers intake of these substances. Besides a healthy and varied diet, dietary supplementation is also recommended to increase the production and supply of quality of breast milk, especially so when the mother is experiencing insufficient breast milk quantity to begin with. In the next section I discuss some available postpartum herbs and supplements for increasing breast milk production and supply and which are the best to use.


Herbs and dietary supplements to increase breast milk production and supply


Fenugreek

Perhaps the most commonly used herb for increasing breast milk is fenugreek, however it is not the best and certainly not the safest to use. Fenugreek is known in herbal medicine as a herb that is hot in nature, influences the liver and stimulates contraction of smooth muscle, hence its use in low breast milk conditions where it encourages contraction of the breast ducts and therefore release of breast milk. You will note however that this is not the only reason for low breast milk and therefore despite its high use it is not very effective in most cases and has a number of side effects that should be noted:

  • It may cause nausea, diarrhea and stomach cramps.
  • Fenugreek can also cause a maple syrup odor in urine and sweat.
  • Fenugreek can interfere with iron absorption so people with anemia should avoid it.
  • It can alter balances of various forms of thyroid hormones.
  • Fenugreek can aggravate asthma, allergies, and diabetes
  • Fenugreek should be avoided by women who are pregnant since it is known to stimulate uterine contractions in animal studies and can therefore lead to miscarriage

Fenugreek is useful where stress may be a significant factor in causing low breast milk however we do not recommend that it be used alone due to its other effects described above. In fact traditionally herbs were more often combined with others so as to limit their toxicities and harmful effects while retaining their beneficial ones. For this reason we recommend one of the two synergistic formulas below for low breast milk and in fact the second supplement can also be used as a general postpartum supplement.

Mothers Milk Tea

This tea is something you can make at home and is a combination of fenugreek, fennel, coriander, blessed thistle and aniseed. Though it is better than using fenugreek alone, the tea still retains as its primary function the ability to stimulate smooth muscle contraction. It does however contain aniseed and blessed thistle which have the ability of improving digestion and therefore indirectly improving breast milk quality as well. For more information on mothers milk tea see: https://www.breastfeeding-problems.com/mothers-milk-tea.html

Lactaboost

Lactaboost is a relatively new supplement for postpartum mothers but is based on ancient chinese wisdom as well as recent scientific evidence that supports the use of this formula for nursing mothers. It is not only good for increasing quality and quantity of breast milk as well as treating production problems, but it also has other benefits for mother and baby which include:

  • Assists with postnatal depression, weakness and fatigue
  • Enhances babies digestion and eliminates colic
  • Assists with weight loss and return of the uterus to normal after birth

Traditional Chinese Medicine places a lot of emphasis on proper postnatal care and over a period of hundreds of years developed and refined herbal formulae for that purpose. Lactaboost is based on a number of these formulae and is supported by clinical research that confirm the benefits of it improving and increasing breast milk.

It contains a number of different herbs including ones that can:

  • Relieve mastitis and open the breast ducts (Caulis Akebia, Platycodon root)
  • Enhance breast milk quality and quantity (Angelica Sinensis, Ophiopogonis Radix)
  • Strengthen the digestive system (Astragalus, Glycyrrhizae Radix)
  • Assist with sleep (Caulis Akebia)
  • Relieve cramps and colic (Vladimiriae Radix)

This supplement however while safe to use during nursing should not be used while pregnant and caution should be exercised in cases of hypertension.

More information here: Lactaboost

Other therapies

Sometimes the above approaches may not work and it is then useful to consult with a lactation consultant and/or other natural therapist who can work on an individual basis with you in order to prescribe a regimen, remedy or diet plan etc to address your specific condition.

As an example a practitioner of Chinese Medicine will take a history, look at your tongue and feel your pulse in order to determine what the root of the problem is. In cases of low breast milk this may be due to liver qi stagnation, blood deficiency, liver fire causing mastitis or kidney and digestive weakness. After making a diagnosis the practitioner would compose an individualized formula to treat the root condition and may also add ingredients known to treat the branch or manifestation of the root problem.


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How to Increase the Production and Supply of Breast milk Naturally