Herbal to Facilitates Breast Feeding (enriching and increasing the milk in nursing mothers)

breast milk is an essential nutrient for the baby, and exclusive breastfeeding for 6 months will provide many benefits for optimal growth and development. But mother often worried about the availability of milk during nursing and whether it is able to meet the growing needs of the baby. After birthing, if your breast produce not enough milk for baby, don’t be worry. Here is a herbal ingredient to helps increase milk production in nursing mothers.
There are several ways you can do to increase mother’s breast milk, and has been verified, like [1]:

  • Breastfeeding babies immediately after birth (Early Initiation of Breastfeeding / IMD)
  • Try massaging the breast gently as you nurse. This can help the rich, higher calorie hindmilk let down more efficiently.
  • Increasing the frequency of feeding. The best way to increase your supply is to double pump for 5-10 minutes after you nurse your baby, or a least 8 times in 24 hours.
  • Drinking enough water
  • Consume enough calories
  • Get plenty of rest
  • Some herbs may help you to increase breast milk production. Its have been used for many years to increase breast milk production. The most popular are Katuk leaf, Fenugreek, Blessed Thistle, Red Raspberry, and Brewers Yeast (containing B vitamins). None of these herbal remedies have been proven scientifically to increase breast milk supply, but they’ve been used by moms for hundred of years with varying degrees of success. [2]

Herbal to Facilitates Breast Feeding

Katuk (Sauropus androgynus)

Sauropus androgynus

Sauropus androgynus, also known as katuk, star gooseberry, or sweet leaf: Researchers have shown milk production can increase up to 50-70% on Mothers who eat cinnamon leaf extract on days 2-3 after birth for 15 days compared to mothers not consuming cinnamon leaf extract.
Black sesame seeds (Black sesame seeds): contains a lot of calcium.
Basil: it contains vitamin K, causing a relaxing effect and improve bowel movements mother, thereby increasing appetite and health.
Vegetables and green pumpkin: pumpkin gourd-like green fruit can increase milk production, is also easily digested. Green vegetables such as spinach, beans, leaf beet and asparagus is a source of minerals and phytoestrogens that can increase milk production.
Red vegetables: carrots, sweet potatoes and beets contain beta carotene which is beneficial to the nutrients in breast milk. Beet and potatoes contain high iron which can help prevent anemia.
Nuts: almonds and cashews can help expedite the production of milk
Garlic: can be eaten with other vegetables and meat can help boost milk production [3]

Recipe 1:

a handful of katuk leaf (Sauropus androgynous Merr.)
a handful pegagan leaf (Centella asiatica L.)
2 fingers of wild ginger rhizome (Curcuma xanthorrhiza, Roxb.)
2 fingers of turmeric rhizome (Curcuma domestica, Val.)


Katuk leaf that is contents of saponin, favonian, and tannin substances, have been known as breast facilitator. Especially if being supplemented with wild ginger and turmeric that are contents of volatile oil, that will increase breast production. Pegagan has benefit to arise appetite that effect to increase breast production.

How to use:

  • Peel wild ginger and turmeric, and wash all materials cleanly.
  • Grind them and add 1 glass of drinking water during the process.
  • Mix and filter them.
  • You can add honey or sugar palm with citrus fruit juice.
Bidara Upas (Merremia mammosa, Hall.f.)

Recipe 2

1-2 tuber of Bidara Upas (Merremia mammosa, Hall.f.)

Bidara Upas sap content of oxydase, and it good for inflammation and swelling.

How to use:
Pell Bidara Upas, get its sap by rasp and filter it. Apply its sap to your breast once a day.

Recipe 3

6 string bean leaf (Vigna sinensis Endl.)

Sting bean Content of protein, high calcium, phosphor, besi, magnesium, belerang, and vitamin B1, B2, and C that have benefit to menjaga breast production and anti-septic.

How to use:

  • Wash all materials cleanly and pound them finely.
  • Get its sap by rasp and filter it.
  • Apply to puerperal mother?s breast.

Be success in trying, and get a better breast feed quality. Please consult it with your doctor, and get their advice, if you’re not sure.

Green Tea is not good for Pregnant Women and Breast Feeding

Can breastfeeding women drink green tea? [2]  Drinking green tea certainly give benefit to our body, but there is a time when drinking green tea must be reduced. Like older person usually suggest to reduce or don’t drink coffee when you pregnant. Pregnant woman must have attention to consume green tea because it contain a lot of caffeine. When mother breast feed, both coffee and green tea causes restlessness, insomnia( sleeplessness), anemia and other negative effect to their baby.

Green tea contains 2% to 4% caffeine, which affects thinking and alertness, increases urine output, and may improve the function of brain messengers important in Parkinson’s disease. Caffeine is thought to stimulate the nervous system, heart, and muscles by increasing the release of certain chemicals in the brain called “neurotransmitters.” [3]

Green Tea and pregnancy

Breast Feed

After birthing, some mothers try to loose their weight instantly using weight loss pill or slimming tea (green tea) that contains laxative ingredient, but remember that, what ever you drink or eat, it will have an impact to your breast and of course give effects to your baby when your baby drink it. My be we must start to convince our self that there is no instant way to loose our weight, it should be together with physical activity like sport and eat healthy food. By doing easy physical but continually, every day for at least 15 until 20 minutes like walking, or event gardening or other household activity will help you get your weight loose.

Reduce a few of carbohydrate consumption. like rice, bread, potatoes and noodles at least one third or a quarter of usually. Certainly this diet should be balanced with vegetables, fruits and low cholesterol protein like chicken. don’t forget to consume less sugar and snack. All of this will more effective than drink slimming tea, green tea extract, or weight loose pill. moreover green vegetables and various peanuts are better to increase your breast quality.

By the way you can try other herbal ingredient, that generally being used by Javanese woman to restore abdomen slimness after birthing. It is more save I think. But please consult it with your doctor, and get their advice, if you’re not sure.

Breastfeeding Tips

Want breasts produce milk that much? Try practicing a few simple tips.

Do not wait until the breast feels ‘tight’ or a new swelling breastfeeding. Feed the baby as often as possible because baby sucking will stimulate milk production.
Do not give formula if the baby is still crying. Perhaps the position of attachment of his mouth on the breast that does not quite fit.
Choose foods menu much. Fry vegetables and broth 2 cups per day. Finish the sauce with vegetables.
Drink plenty of water. For breastfeeding mothers at least 3 liters per day.
Frequent feeding at night. Breastfeeding at night will increase the hormone prolactin, which is able to increase milk production.
Get enough rest and avoid stress.

[1] Increasing Your Milk Supply
Herbs for Healthy Breast Milk Production – www.earthmamaangelbaby.com
[2] Is Green Tea Safe While Breastfeeding? – http://www.mothering.com
[3] Green Tea Use and Side Effect – http://www.webmd.com

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