Moringa & Breastfeeding: how moringa can improve your breast milk supply
Breast milk: natural newborn nutrition
Breast milk is widely considered to be the best food source for a newborn. Loaded with nutrients and protective antibodies, it contains everything needed to defend against infections, prevent allergies and support babies' delicate immune systems and overall health.
Some women choose not to breastfeed for a variety of reasons (lifestyle, medical) and for those women, formula milk can be a healthy alternative. Other women would like to breastfeed but experience difficulties producing enough milk to fully nourish their babies, so end up weaning early or using formula to top up their supply.
For mothers looking to increase breast milk supply in a safe, organic and natural way, the answer lies in the leaf of the mighty moringa tree.
Moringa the super-supplement for new mums
Native to Asia and Africa, the moringa tree (commonly known as 'The Miracle Tree') has been used as a cure-all in traditional societies for centuries, including being used to fight malnutrition in infants and breast-feeding mothers.
Widely regarded to be the most nutrient-dense food in the world, moringa leaves are rich in 6 essential vitamins & minerals including iron, calcium, vitamins A, E & K and potassium. It is also a source of plant protein, high in fibre and contains exceptionally high levels of antioxidants.
All of these nutrients but particularly protein, iron, vitamin K and calcium are needed in good supply for new mums, and especially for those who are breastfeeding.
Increasing iron intake is one of the most effective ways to reduce tiredness and fatigue - something experienced by the vast majority of new parents. Calcium is important for strong bones and teeth for both mum and baby and vitamin K is actually given to new borns via an injection or oral tablet when they are born.
Moringa and breast milk
For breastfeeding mothers, undoubtedly one of the most amazing benefits of moringa is that it has been scientifically proven to increase breast milk supply.
Moringa is a natural galactagogue - a substance that promotes or increases the flow of a mother's milk.
In 2013, The Philippines Journal of Pediatrics published a report which reviewed the findings of five scientific studies examining moringa and its impact on breast milk supply. The report reviewed all the published data from five randomised controlled studies and found the "evidence... unanimously concluded that Moringa produces an increase in breast milk volume". Read the report in full here.
A second study evaluating the use of moringa to increase volume of breast milk among mothers of preterm infants, had simliar results. Read the full report here.
There have been no known reported side effects of consuming moringa whilst pregnant - other than increased energy and nutrition! However, we recommend that you consult a doctor before taking moringa if you are on medication or pregnant.
How to use Moringa
Aduna's moringa range is 100% organic and available as a pure powder and a raw energy bar.
- Aduna Moringa Superleaf Powder: 100% pure moringa leaf powder. Take 1/2 a teaspoon a day mixed into your favourite smoothie or juice. Or use as a "superfood seasoning" to super-charge savoury dishes
- Aduna Moringa Energy Bar: made entirely from cold-pressed fruit and nuts, this natural energy bar combines a full teaspoon of moringa powder with juicy mangoes, cashews and a hint of ginger. Free from added sugar and a source of protein, its an easy and delicious way to get your daily dose of moringa on-the-go.
Check out some of our favourite ways to use moringa here.
Sustainable livelihoods for small-scale producers
Aduna is an Africa-inspired health & beauty brand and social business. We source our organic moringa directly from small-scale producers, creating life-changing sustainable income flows. By buying Aduna Moringa, you can improve your health and increase your breast milk supply whilst helping empower women in rural Africa and giving them the means to provide for their families.
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