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5 Ways to Keep Your Milk Supply Strong During the Holidays

5 Ways to Keep Your Milk Supply Strong During the Holidays The end of the year can be a stressful time for many of us.  Family visits, holiday shopping and travel are all factors that can lead to stress, which can ultimately affect your milk supply.  We know first-hand how priorities can get a little out of whack whilst trying to deck the halls and often we forget to take necessary steps that ensure healthy milk supply.  Keeping your supply strong can be very hard when you’re on the road or are trying to be present with family, so we rounded up five ways to help keep your milk flowing throughout the holidays.  Stay Hydrated - When we are busy,...

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Do you know your Galactagogues? A List of Milk-Boosting Foods for a Postpartum/ Breastfeeding Diet

Galactogogues are whole foods or herbs that are used to stimulate milk production and support a healthy milk supply in lactating mothers. Through Oat Mama, we have been fortunate enough to see just how powerful galactogogues can be in boosting milk supply in breastfeeding moms, and we want to let you in on a little secret...oats and beer are not the only two things that help with lactation!  In fact, there are many common foods and herbs that increase milk supply and we bet you’ve got a few in your kitchen right now. This is great news for all of you new mamas who don’t have a moment to think about ordering a bar or buying special lactation foods.  Galactogogues...

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Lactation Recipes: Roasted Pumpkin Seed Butter with Fenugreek

Fall has arrived and it is time for all things pumpkin! Perfect for us breastfeeding mamas because not only is pumpkin seed butter the new peanut butter, but pumpkin seeds are incredibly beneficial to a nursing mama's diet and milk supply.  Zinc, mamas, zinc. Recent studies are pointing to the importance of having adequate zinc levels in your breast milk for healthy lactation. Check out some of the most recent findings about zinc and breast milk here and here. Why do babies need zinc? Let me count the ways... Zinc supports a healthy immune system and protects against common colds and infections. Zinc is great for baby's skin (oh, that soft sweetness). It also aids in brain development (woohoo). Zinc allows...

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Lactation Recipes: Kale Salad with Dates and Toasted Almonds

As a breastfeeding mama, there is a lot of advice out there about what you should and shouldn't put in your body. Don't worry, you don't have to completely overhaul your diet just to breastfeed, but you may notice that this milk-making business requires a lot of energy-- and nutrient-dense lactation foods can really help you feel your best. Calcium is one of those nutrients your body needs and craves while breastfeeding. It's recommended a breastfeeding mama gets a minimum of 1,000 mg of calcium on the daily. A study in 2008 from "Journal of Human Lactation" even suggests regularly eating calcium-rich foods may help breastfeeding mamas produce more milk. And especially since lots of mamas are also instructed to...

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Lactation Recipes: Iced Chocolate Sesame Almond Milk

If you're a breastfeeding mama who has just been told they can't eat dairy, you may have gone through the 5 stages of grief: denial (not my baby!), anger (wtf!!!), bargaining (what if I just eat dairy on the weekends, doc?), depression (Ice cream, good bye my looooove!, sniffle, sniffle), and acceptance (my baby is happier? coconut milk ice cream, here I come!). Since an estimated 2-8% of babies are just not down with the cow's milk, you're not alone mamas.  I love almond milk, especially the fresh, homemade kind. But sometimes I miss the creaminess of cow's milk. The trick? Add a bit of chocolate! Boom. And since we are all about boosting milk supply around here, we didn't...

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