One of the most common questions during lactation is, "Am I making enough milk for my baby?"
I want to affirm you: you've got this. You were made for this. *This* meaning having a positive experience bonding with your child in the feeding journey. If you are struggling in lactation and feeding decisions, please consider connecting with a local lactation/feeding specialist.
Tips, tricks, and recipes passed down from generation to generation have all contributed to an overwhelming assortment of ways to encourage lactation. To be clear these measures can not replace the source - that being baby or pump stimulation. With that said, we can be nourished in such a way that encourages lactation. I want to share one recipe incorporating lactation-promoting nutrients. It is delicious and easily accessible for you or family to make. As with any postpartum-helpful recipe, print a copy in your kitchen and leave accessible for friends or family. Everybody is eager to help and often don't know how - recipes are a great way for other's to tangible help you, other than holding baby!
Although lactogenic foods can encourage production, there are many factors that will shape your feeding experience and will be influential to the sustainment of your supply. Again, please find your local lactation guru to walk with you through this journey.
Now, let's chat about Sesame Seeds. We may be familiar with these seeds in hummus, salads, garnishing burger buns, or even eaten roasted.
Sesame seeds carry a wealth of:
Calcium, Iron, Copper, Zinc
Healthy Fats, like lecithin.
Lecithin, a healthy fat found in other foods like leafy greens, liver, and eggs contributes to improved brain function. And if you've been through postpartum period (think lack of consecutive sleep, new responsibilities, etc), anything to help the brain to function is a must!
And the benefits are abundantly. Who knew these little seeds could make history? Generations upon generations have spoken to benefits to hair, skin, and may even help regulate blood sugar & blood pressure, relieving pain, boosting immunity, and improving mental well-being. Including my friend's Puerto Rican roots where Sesame Seed Milk is commonly served to women in the postpartum period. g nutrients .
Food Processor or Blender (we used a Ninja blender)
2 cups sesame seeds
6 cups water
6 tbs sugar, dates, or syrup (or to taste)
cinnamon (optional/to taste)
Roast sesame seeds until lightly golden stirring frequently. Allow to cool.
If you have a mortar and pistol, you can continue to crush the seeds. It's important to roast and crush the seeds in order to extract and break down the nutrients. If not, those seeds will pass right through you!
Mix with water and place in blender or food processor.
Once you blend, place directly in pitcher and add your sweeteners!
Store in the refrigerator and consume within 3-5days.
Do not use this drink as a replacement for any meals or even hydration by water! As with anything, drink in moderation.
And that's a wrap! I hope you leave this page with more knowledge and encouragement than when you showed up for your nutritional journey for yourself and baby.
Please let me know if you try the recipe or have any questions! Would love to hear how you've nourished yourself during Postpartum-land.