Saturday, February 17, 2007

Indian Foods to help increase milk secretion in Nursing mothers

It has been consistently noticed that more and more visitors coming to our blog have come here searching for "Indian diet for nursing mothers" or "Indian foods to increase milk secretion" etc etc. We decided not to disappoint them by publishing the below information which we have gathered from our own experience as well from the Internet world.

1) Dried Fish.
2) Leafy Vegetables and in particular Green Spinach.
3) Bitter Gourd.
4) Fenugreek soaked in buttermilk.
5) Garlic pods (at least 6-7) fried in Ghee and can be had after every meal.
6) Milagu Rasam, Garlic Rasam.
7) Jeera
8) Methi seeds
9) Suraikkai
10) Plenty of fruits and vegetables
11) Alfalfa : It could be taken as sprouts, tea made from seeds or juice of fresh alfalfa leaves. This juice could be taken with carrot juice or some other organic drink.
12) Musk melon : With its combination of calcium, potassium and sodium, it stimulates milk production in nursing mothers.
13) Raw papaya is eaten as a curry by women to stimulate secretion of breast milk.
14) Whole potatoes : When baked or roasted in their skins.
15) Black gram dhal (Urad dhal) as also parsley and amaranth increase production of breast milk. Dhal should generally be taken in the mornings.
16) The leaves or seeds of fennel (Kala Zeera) boiled in barley water and drunk are good for increasing the breast milk.
17) An admixture made with aniseed (Sonf) taken on empty stomach increases both the quality and the quantity of breast milk.
18) Milk of peanuts extracted by wet crushing of these nuts which have been soaked in water for 24 hours. This peanut milk should be diluted before being given to the mother.
19) Diluted grass juice. Nothing else should be consumed for at least two hours thereafter to help assimilation.
20) Garlic, tamarind and cotton seeds also help in increasing milk supply.
21) Soups and red gram also stimulate milk production.



Anonymous said...


Wonderful article..I ll surely use when I am in that stage, insha Allah. But I guess, you missed one main's Kalonji / Black seeds. It is a real and very effective ingredient to increase the quantity. You can verify if u pls, and then add the detail. Yet, Hats off for a wonderful collection of info!!

Anonymous said...


I read in your article that you prescribe use of Bitter gourd to increase milk during nursing. I came across this interesting fact that - Bitter Gourd / bitter melon should be totally avoided during pregnancy/while nursing.

Following is the link to the article. Also you can search for more facts on this.

Pregnancy And Breast-Feeding

Bitter melon cannot be recommended during pregnancy or breast-feeding because of the risk of birth defects or spontaneous abortion. Bitter melon may affect the ability to get pregnant.

Best wishes,

sasikala said...

more than special is the sight and the touch of the baby which is required in the production of prolactin needed for breast milk stress free and think about the baby alot

Anonymous said...

Radhika - The US F&DA has this label for all herbs since there are no scientific evidence if its use and benefits. Everything in moderation i guess is the key. I have eaten every vegetable and fruit when i was pregnant and i have a beautiful daughter who is 5 yrs now. Again, each one of us is different. Make your own choice. Hope this helps.