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5 Healthy Foods Known To Improve The Quality Of Breast Milk


Moms have a lot to think about when it comes to the health, safety, and happiness of their babies, even during pregnancy. For example, it is common for pregnant women to eat foods which are known to aid in fetal development. But what about after your baby is born? If you're breastfeeding, your diet still affects your baby directly, because it impacts the nutritional content of your breast milk. The good news is, there are many natural foods out there that can benefit your health, as well as the quality and quantity of your breast milk. 

Here are five such foods, all of which are typically available at your local farmer's market or grocery store, relatively affordable, and easy to prepare. And of course, always consult with your doctor when it comes to your dietary and nutritional needs, as individual results may vary.

1. Kale

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Dark, leafy vegetables, like kale and spinach, are known for their health benefits. They are especially important for breastfeeding mothers, as just one cup of this super veggie packs three grams of protein and two and a half grams of fiber. Kale also contains alpha-linolenic acid, an omega-3 fatty acid, and along with the calcium and iron found in kale, can help encourage milk production. 

If you're struggling with milk supply, try adding adding another serving of kale on top of the recommended one per day. Kale is relatively inexpensive, available in just about any produce section, and organic varieties are plentiful.