Lactation Smoothie

Fancy something different? Try this Milk Boosting Lactation Smoothie Recipe on for size. See below for recipe and full ingredient list. 

The key to this recipe is creating something you will actually drink. You can add other ingredients, but be sure to focus on fresh fruits, vegetables, calcium-rich foods, whole grains and high-quality protein. 

So ,what are the magic ingredients?

Almond Milk + Nuts, especially almonds, are known to trigger the production of breast milk. Almonds also increase the creaminess and sweetness of the milk.

Bananas + Bananas are great sources of nutrients, such as potassium and Vitamin C. Plus, bananas give you an energy boost, lots of calories and aid in overcoming depression due to high levels of tryptophan, which is converted into serotonin–the happy-mood brain neurotransmitter. Other fruit said to increase or improve the quality of breast milk production include apples, peaches, pears and berries. If you like veggies, especially green leafy ones, toss in some spinach or kale.

Brewer’s Yeast + Brewer’s yeast, a yeast that makes beer, is packed with B vitamins, iron, protein, chromium, selenium, and other nutrients. It’s known to give nursing moms energy, reduce depression and boost breast milk supplies.

Flaxseed + Whole flaxseeds add crunch to your smoothie, but note the seeds must be ground to receive the full nutritional benefit. There are mixed reviews about flaxseed, so consult your doctor on whether or not to include this in your smoothie. LaLeche League offers several recipes using flaxseed and many consider it to be not only safe but also healthy for you and your baby. You can also use fennel seeds.

Oats + Oats are complex carbohydrates, which make you feel fuller, longer. It’s also said to increase your milk supply. Oats are packed with iron, protein, and fiber. The healthiest options are the non-instant varieties!

The Recipe

+ 2 Banana

+ 1 cup chopped strawberries (Optional: You can opt to make all banana or all berry smoothies. Don’t stress if you skip a step! Enjoy your nursing experience.)

+ Oats

+ 2 Tbsp Flax Seed

+ 2 Tbsp Brewer’s Yeast

+ 1 1/2 cups Almond Milk

+ Ice (optional)

Add in Chia Seeds, Cacao Powder, Blueberries or Avocado for extra nutrition

Blend the oats, add in additional ingredients. Add ice. Blend until smooth.