The Best Lactation Smoothie Recipes for Breastfeeding

  Apr 23, 2020  |  #Baby

A lactation smoothie can help quench your hunger, thirst and help with milk production! These 10 lactation smoothie recipes for breastfeeding are full of nutritious ingredients that may help with milk production (galactagogues)!

Bottle of pumped breast milk on wooden table

If you’re a new nursing mom, you’re probably really familiar with the constant nursing hunger that comes up.

Have the thoughts, “Why am I always hungry while breastfeeding?” or “How to curb hunger while breastfeeding?” ever crossed your mind?

Well, there’s a reason for that!

Why You May Have Constant Hunger While Breastfeeding

A simple way to think about it is that you are expending energy and calories through producing milk. When your baby is nursing, he/she is drinking the milk that you produce, stimulating your body to produce more milk

Mother nursing baby

While the amount of calories a mom burns while breastfeeding will vary based on the person, a general range is 400-600 calories, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

In other words, your body is using (burning) calories and energy to make milk, and so you feel hungrier and thirstier to make up for that difference. 

Hunger while breastfeeding can manifest in different ways, like:

  • growling stomach or pain in the stomach
  • headaches
  • dizzy
  • obsession with food or constantly thinking about food
  • feeling extra tired and lethargic

tray with lactation smoothie recipes and fruit

Hunger is ever something to be ignored. Your body, milk supply and baby will thank you for nourishing your body properly. 

If you need another resource to help you identify hunger and fullness, this 50 page Ebook has nutrition tips, journaling prompts and more. 

Let’s talk about some of the best smoothies for breastfeeding. 

Do Lactation Smoothies Work?

A lactation smoothie, or breastfeeding smoothie, is believed to help moms stimulate milk production, while also helping to quench hunger and thirst. 

Plus, it’s easy to drink smoothies while breastfeeding, which is another win. 

While we don’t have published research on the efficiency of lactation smoothies for breastfeeding, I think smoothies for breastfeeding mothers can be extra helpful for nursing moms because they are both hydrating and filling, filled with galactagogues, and rather easy to make (or freeze for later)!

What Are Galactagogues?

Galactagogues are herbs and foods that have been used historically by breastfeeding women to maintain and increase milk supply. 

They may help stimulate oxytocin or milk supply, to help aid in breast milk ejection. You can read more about how galactagogues help in this post. 

closeup of garlic cloves in white basket

What Do Lactation Smoothie Recipes Include and How To Make Lactation Smoothies

For a smoothie to be considered a lactation smoothie, it would typically contain some ingredients or lactogenic foods that help with milk production, known as galactagogues.

Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Smoothie

Some of these ingredients include: 

  • Oats – Oats provide iron, energizing carbohydrates, B-vitamins to help with the production of energy, and fiber.
  • Whole grains – Whole grains also have a balanced nutritional profile that may help support the necessary hormones responsible for the production of breast milk and help release oxytocin. Oatmeal, barley, millet, farro and brown rice are other whole grains to include in your breastfeeding diet. 
  • Brewer’s yeast – Brewer’s yeast is a powder, so it is easy to add to smoothies and baked goods. Brewer’s yeast is high in B vitamins, iron, protein, selenium and many other minerals. I love this brewer’s yeast because it’s made by and for nursing mothers. While it is slightly bitter, when combined with other ingredients, you can mask that flavor. 
  • Flaxseeds – Both flaxseeds and sesame seeds are full of phytoestrogens, which may help with milk production. Flaxseeds also have essential fatty acids to help minimize inflammation. They are easy to add to smoothies!
  • Almonds – Almonds and other nuts are high in protein and healthy unsaturated fats, both of which can help with keeping you fuller for longer periods of time, which helps with nursing hunger.  Ground almonds up in a food processor or add almond butter to your lactation smoothie recipe. 
  • Garlic – Garlic has been shown to have antioxidant properties and many health-promoting properties, as well as being a galactagogue. 
  • Fresh Ginger Root – Ginger is a well known galactagogue in Thailand. A study published in Breastfeeding Medicine found that women taking ginger root had higher milk production than women not taking ginger. 
  • Greens – Dark leafy greens, like spinach, kale, arugula, swiss chard and collard greens are filled with essential vitamins and nutrients. They also contain phytoestrogen, which can help with lactation. 

10 Delicious Lactation Smoothie Recipes for Nursing Moms

If you’re searching for the best lactation smoothie recipe, you’ve come to the right place!

Many of the options below have delicious and nourishing flavors and ingredients, full of breastfeeding galactagogues. 

10 ideas for nourishing lactation smoothies for nursing moms | www.bucketlisttummy.com

Blueberry Almond Milk Smoothie

Pack in the protein and antioxidants with this creamy blueberry lactation smoothie. It’s filled with blueberries, almond milk, almond butter, and oats. 

blueberry almond milk smoothie

Avocado Dreamsicle Oatmeal Smoothie

This avocado lactation smoothie boasts a creamy blend of oats, avocado and greens. Therefore, this orange creamsicle smoothie is a great milk boosting smoothie!

avocado lactation smoothie

Healthy Chocolate Shake

This momma lactation smoothie shake is full of nourishing lactation ingredients, like oats, fruit, chia seeds and flaxseeds. 

overhead view of lactation chocolate smoothie with oats and chocolate chips

Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Smoothie

A vegan, apple banana smoothie with oats, made with your choice of milk.

vegan apple cinnamon smoothie

Strawberry Tahini Shake

Full of fruit and healthy fat, this strawberry tahini milkshake is creamy and filling. Tahini is made from ground sesame seeds. Add oats and flax seeds for an extra lactation boost!

Strawberry tahini milkshake

Mango Ginger Smoothie

This smoothie boasts freshly grated ginger, spinach greens, and healthy fats from coconut flakes and chia seeds for a lactation boost!

Mango Ginger Smoothie Bowl

Vegan Carrot Cake Lactation Smoothie

It’s difficult to find a lactation smoothie with brewers yeast, but this one has it! This smoothie includes brewer’s yeast, oats, flaxseed, almond butter and ginger for a maximum lactation boost!

Carrot Cake Lactation Smoothie

Turmeric Ginger Smoothie

An immune-boosting smoothie for breastfeeding with turmeric, ginger, and flax seeds. The greek yogurt adds some extra fat and protein and you could also add greens. 

Turmeric Ginger Smoothe

Strawberry Ginger Banana Smoothie

This lactation smoothie strawberry banana ginger is thickened with oats and greek yogurt, and adds ginger to help minimize nausea. 

Strawberry Ginger Lactation Smoothie

Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Smoothie

A blend of healthy fats, protein, and complex carbohydrates, this peanut butter banana oatmeal smoothie provides sustainable energy from oats, greek yogurt, flax seeds and fruit. 

Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Smoothie

More Smoothie Recipes?

Check out this roundup of 30+ greek yogurt smoothies – great for breakfasts, snacks, pre/post workout and extra hydration. 

This Sweet Potato Beet Smoothie is great for serving fruits and veggies with ample antioxidants. 

An orange mango smoothie is the perfect tropical addition to our day, filled with protein and tons of Vitamin C!

Need a boost of caffeine in your smoothie? Try this peanut butter coffee smoothie to start the day!

 

Resources: 

  1. Bonyata, Kelly IBCLC. How Does Milk Production Work? Kelly Mom. Accessed April, 2020 from https://kellymom.com/hot-topics/milkproduction/
  2. Breastfeeding Your Baby: FAQs. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Accessed May 1, 2020 from https://www.acog.org/patient-resources/faqs/labor-delivery-and-postpartum-care/breastfeeding-your-baby
  3. Nice, Frank. Common Herbs and Foods Used as Galactogogues. Ican: Infant, Child, & Adolescent Nutrition. 3: 129-132 (2011). doi: 10.1177/1941406411406118.
  4. Moberg, Kerstin, and Prime, Danielle. Oxytocin effects in mothers and infants during breastfeeding. Infant Journal. 9(6): 201-206 (2013). Accessed from http://www.infantjournal.co.uk/pdf/inf_054_ers.pdf
  5. Panwara Paritakul, Kasem Ruangrongmorakot, Wipada Laosooksathit, Maysita Suksamarnwong, and Pawin Puapornpong. Breastfeeding Medicine. Sep 2016.361-365.http://doi.org/10.1089/bfm.2016.0073

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