“Is this the last post on this mater?”
“Oh yes, it is. Thanks for reading through.”
Here, i would be concluding this “breastfeeding series”. I hope the first and second parts have greatly blessed you. If this is your first time, you can catch on the first part and the second part to fully understand this concluding part.
Getting home that beautiful evening, hours after settling down and settling my family, i got to work on the new discovery i just made. Knowing how married we were to our smoothies, i had to understand how each ingredients worked and how it would help my milk supply. That a particular fruit is edible does not make it automatically an ingredient in the lactating smoothie for me. For me, I was conscious of the fact that my little one can react to some foods i eat so i did my assignment well. Mind you, always remember that your little one get everything you eat from the milk. So the need to sacrifice the joy derived from eating somethings. Don’t worry, baby would soon be six months or a year old or may even wean him or herself soon. Then you can resume all your likes. After all, we all want healthy babies who we don’t have to always run to the hospital or ER with for one thing or the other.
For the sake of this article, I would be sharing below ingredients i used and use alongside their health benefits. You are welcome to try them or rather go make your own research and find out what works for you.
So the starting mark was at Bambie’s 5-months anniversary. All i did was have my lactating smoothie for breakfast, go about my snack and lunch and my pap or kunu for dinner. What i discovered was that in addition to the four bags of milk i usually had every day, I was now able to get between five to six bags a day. (1 at dawn, 2 at work, 1 after work, 1 or sometimes 2 before bed or in the middle of the night when I’m engorged. Personally, as much as i felt full stomach-wise, few hours after gulping down my smoothie, i begin to feel build-ups.
This was easier for me as all i had to do was wash my ingredients, put in the smoothie maker (a blender would do it too) and into my smoothie cup and off i go. Most times when I’m still busy preparing our lunch and settling Bambie’s feeding needs, my boyfriend goes on to make it for me. He even created great recipes for me. For those of you who are trying to lose the post baby weight, this is a very healthy one and great for your weight loss. Now that Bambie is enjoying her solids and still downing large quantities of breast milk, I am still on my lactating smoothies but with a twist and with substitutes, my boyfriend and i now do it as “breakfast smoothies”.
Now this brings me to a successful climax of this series. Thank you and God bless you for taking out time to visit my blog and reading from this young Momma.
Feel free to peruse and enjoy other articles. I am thinking of starting something. Do well to subscribe or follow this blog so you’ll never miss out on interesting reads. Watch-out for that “SOMETHING”. Until you read from me again, remain in God’s Love and ensure that this beautiful month is a “SEPTEMBER to REMEMBER”.
Have a “Thankful Throwback Thursday” to God’s faithfulness and watch him come through for you.
God bless you and Mrs O loves you big!
“Lactating Smoothie Ingredients”
I am just sharing a rough list of all I used. If some of them are not available, use the one listed that are available. I’ll have the substitute in brackets.
- Unsweetened Almond milk
- Homemade Coconut Milk (you can make this one at home – cut in small bits, add water and blend. Then sieve. Because of its great health benefits, i switched to this and prepared it in the comfort of my kitchen.)
- Old Fashioned oats
- Spinach (you can replace with Ugu – washed)
- Apple (Pink lady and Green)
- Banana (used as a creamer)
- Avocado (used as a creamer)
- Plum (since i couldn’take oranges)
- Kiwi (Rich in folate – Baby needs some folic acid even after birth)
- Cucumber (Rich in Folate)
“Lactating Smoothie” Per day serving for 1
- 1 Cup Milk
- 1 small Apple or Pear
- 1 Plum or kiwi
- ½ cup Oats
- ½ Avocado or 1 Banana
- 1 strawberry
- 1 handful Spinach
Blend all, serve and drink.
“Breakfast Smoothie” Per day serving for two
- 1 cup Milk or Water
- 2 medium cucumber or 4 cups watermelon cubes
- 2 cups Oats
- 2 apple/kiwi/pear
- 1 tablespoon peanut butter or ⅓ cup of roasted peanuts
Blend all, serve and enjoy alone or with a slice of homemade “Sugar-free Oats banana bread” – watch out for the recipe.
Feel free to mix up as you like. Watch what affects your little one, you will always find out from their poop or their physical discomfort. Always prayerfully follow your “mother instincts”.
Feel free to drop your questions in the comment box below and i will definitely get back to you. If you like this article, like, comment and share with friends. If you have any constructive criticism to make, do as well too.
Kindly note that frozen breast milk should be thawed either at room temperature or under running water and consumed within 24 hours
Do NOT microwave or use the defrost function either.
To bring it up to human temperature put in a bowl of warm water (NOT more than 55 degree Celsius)
Do NOT re-freeze thawed milk.
DISCLAIMER: The information in this article is written based on personal experience, do well to always check with your doctor and communicate all your concerns to him/her. I am not a Doctor and has no medical background