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Galactagogues

Galactagogues

Posted on  August 3, 2022

Get to know the ingredients that make our lactation cookies work!

We have included 3 galactagogues in our lactation cookies

🍼🍪 Oats

  • Contains beta-glucan and phytoestrogens that help elevate prolactin levels in the blood stream
  • Rich in iron which is essential in breastfeeding mothers for a healthy supply
  • Reduces cholesterol

🍼🍪 Flax meal

  • Excellent source of Omega-3 fatty acids that not only help breastmilk quality but also promote the child’s brain development
  • A good source of essential micronutrients that help develop bone, muscle, and heart health in a growing infant.

🍼🍪 Brewer’s yeast

  • Is a “superfood” containing a high level of digestible protein, minerals, vitamin B, key amino acids.
  • Boosts energy levels
  • Provides nourishment for hair and skin
  • Helps replenish key ingredients that a nursing mom requires
  • Elevates mom’s mood!

These are the Galactagogues that we use to elevate a mother’s milk supply in our lactation cookies, however our Sri Lankan ancestors knew a thing or two about this as well! Our famous curries are chock full of galactagogues and eventhough they don’t call it that, our grandmothers knew what worked.

A few of the most popular curries given to Sri Lankan breastfeeding mothers are polos curry, Kiri kos (jackfruit), kiri mora (shark), dambala (winged beans) etc. our curries come with plenty of coconut milk, made with fenugreek and garlic, which are also galactagogues. So while polos curry may not be everyone’s favorite and not everything is scientifically proven, enjoy it.

Our culture of sending over a plate of food or “bath packet” full of galactagogues to a breastfeeding mom is one of the sweetest things I have ever seen. So be grateful, enjoy your rice, because someone’s mom probably made it and chances are it tastes like heaven !

There are many other galactagogues that are available around the world. Fenugreek (these even come in capsules), fennel, dark green leafy vegetables, garlic and sesame seeds.

Various nuts and seeds as well as grains and lentils are also full of nutrients that help increase milk flow.

Apart from food, herbal remedies are also quite popular among some groups. Nettle and blessed thistle are a few examples.

Whichever you choose to use, please ensure that you do your own research before consuming.

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