After reading a few of our posts, you’ll gather by now that we’re huge fans of all things natural- in our own lives and in our content. Nature, is rich in resource. You can easily cover all your needs from where you live locally through nature be it food, health remedies, wellness, skincare and beauty or clothing. For centuries before the industrial revolution hit, local natural resources were used to cure ailments, promote health, produce food, clothes, and lead a clean, fossil-fuel free solutions for your everyday life.
These natural remedies may today be known as DIY ideas, but they have been a part of various civilizations and cultures for centuries. Passed on to generations, with a few additions here and there, these fixes are a preferred choice for many and continue to work the best.
Given that I am Egyptian, I have come to a realization that I was following and using ancient Egyptian remedies dating back to 7000 years for healing and health. I rave about cinnamon, fennel, moringa, mint, frankincense and Egyptian Jasmine- all local to my birth home. One specific area that I got me thinking about how cultures carry the wealth of wisdom through generations was breast feeding and increasing breast milk supply.
I have to admit, being a new mom wasn’t the easiest for me. From suffering postpartum anxiety, sluggish thyroid and a crazy gallbladder to managing the immediate needs of a new born, I was tired, exhausted and wasn’t able to produce enough milk. My parents came to visit from Egypt and brought with them all delights one can imagine. I was given a specific breast feeding supplement to drink daily to increase my milk production, commonly used in Egypt- Moghat. At first, I avoided it as much as I can because I believed, at the time, that it was all placebo. A few weeks passed and I got desperate- I did all that’s recommended: gatorade, pumping to increase supply, etc. until I remembered a fragrant yellow powder sitting in my cupboard in a glass jar. I went ahead and created the drink- recipe below.
Within a couple of days, I witnessed with my own eyes, a proper increase in breast milk. Engorgements, over supply and spraying milk everywhere during a feed. Uncool and gross, yes – but it worked!
The magic of the Moghat formula helped me on my frustrating breast feeding journey and it made me want to explore how other ancient cultures did it. So I compiled a list of product suggestions for you based on the supplements and herbs that really helped me, hoping it will help you as it did for for other women, for centuries.
Lets leverage the power of nature, here are some home remedies that are used around the world to naturally increase breast milk supply.
Indians have believed in the magic of nature and used yoga and Ayurveda to heal and nourish the body for years. Natural remedies are a part of their culture and education, with professional schools and degrees on natural medicinal cures. Fenugreek is one such herb that is widely used in India by lactating mothers. Commonly known as Methi Seeds, they stimulate lactation glands in women and increase the breast milk supply. Here are some ways to add them to your diet:
- The most common is to have it as tea- Soak a teaspoon of fenugreek seeds in a glass of water overnight. Boil these the next morning for a few minutes. Strain the seeds and drink the water.
- I normally add some nut milk or honey to make it taste better, it can be bitter.
- Fenugreek seeds can also be eaten as sprouts. After soaking them, add them to your salad and you’re good to go!
- Alternatively, you can buy the supplements or teas for ease of use
Egyptian tonics and medicinal herbs have played a vital role in medicine. In fact, in ancient times, Egypt was one of the most popular destinations for medical treatments. Moghat is the root of the plant Glossostemon bruguieri, and a popular lactagogue in Egypt. Used for centuries from Egyptian queens to Egyptian mothers today. The formula used today includes fenugreek to boost the moghat efforts even further. Moghat actually works wonders for all Post-Partum health issues. It not only increases your breast milk production, but also strengthens your bones and replenishes your body after child birth.
It’s rich in:
Iron, Calcium, Magnesium, and Protein
So it basically covers every need of a new mom’s body can be taken care of using this one single teaspoon of the powdered formula. Here’s a quick Moghat tea recipe:
Time needed: 5 minutes.
How to Make a nutritious and lactating Moghat Drink
- Melt 3 tablespoons of butter in a sauce pan and add the Moghat powder
- Add a couple of table spoons of water to create a liquid paste
- Stir for a few minutes till it turns brown and turns lumpy
- Add a cup of hot water and some sugar
- Let it cook it for 2 minutes on low to medium heat. You will be left with a fragrant, delicious drink with a thicker than usual texture (imagine cream of tomato soup)
- Serve warm with shredded coconut, nuts and raisins
Not just in Europe, oatmeal is a common food in the Americas and the rest of the world. But little did we know that it also acts as an excellent source of nutrition to help promote lactation.
Oatmeals contain an ingredient called Saponins that stimulate hormones that are responsible for lactation. Oats also contain a fair amount of estrogen and we all know how great that is for a mama! Many mothers suffer from anemia post partum- low levels of iron are often linked to a lower production of break milk. Oats are a great source of iron. Adding it to your diet has many other health benefits too. The most nutritious form of preparation are:
- Porridge – Cooking oats with any form of milk, butter and spices such as: a spoon of peanut butter, honey, and flax seeds [another estrogen rich food]
- Let it sit in the fridge overnight, mixed in water, mashed bananas or mangoes, water or watered down yogurt, chia seeds, chopped walnuts and coconut flakes. Top with chocolate chips if desired and serve cold
All of these ingredients have health benefits for women. Many mothers have experienced a difference on the days they ate these foods as opposed to the days they didn’t. Every body reacts differently to different products so you can give them all a try and stick to the one you like the most.
Of course, in the case of serious medical issues, it’s always advisable to consult a professional, but unless you are allergic to any of these products, adding them to your diet is nourishing, healing and rewarding for both you and your baby.
Please Note: These tips above are not meant to treat any conditions, they are mere suggestions to help you lead a healthy lifestyle. We do not provide professional expertise in the field and by no means expect the reader to take the above opinions and tips as professional advice.