As a breastfeeding mama, I'm conscious of keeping up my milk supply so I can continue nursing Everly for as along as possible. I started reading up on superfoods that boost lactation, and discovered flaxseed is great for breast milk production, as well as being high in Omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants and fibre. Then I discovered that lactation smoothies are a thing, and I couldn't wait to try out a recipe. This is my favourite by far - it is so quick to make and satisfies my hunger when I don't have time to make a proper lunch.
2 Tbsp Peanut Butter
2 Tbsp Flaxseed
1 Cup Almond Milk
1 Sachet Carnation Breakfast Essentials (Sugar-Free Milk Chocolate Flavour)
Simply blitz the ingredients together in a blender for a few seconds and serve, it's that simple! Overall, this is a really nutritious smoothie - I use Silk Unsweetened Almond Milk, which contains 50% more calcium than dairy milk, the peanut butter adds protein, and a sachet of Carnation Breakfast Essentials contains 21 vitamins and minerals (plus it gives it that delicious chocolate flavour!)
As a side note, Henry also LOVES this smoothie, and always asks for a cup of his own when I make it. He refuses to drink cows milk, and doesn't like cheese, so this is a great way of ensuring he's getting all the calcium he needs.
- Ground flaxseed is easier to digest - be sure to store it in the fridge once it's been opened
- Use a frozen banana or add 1/2 cup ice to thicken the consistency of the smoothie
- Try adding Brewer's Yeast or 1/2 cup of oats, which are also good for aiding milk production
Labels: breastfeeding, clean eating, food, health