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#tbt One from the Archive: Top 10 Lactogenic Foods for Breastfeeding Mums: Apricots

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#tbt One from the Archive: Top 10 Lactogenic Foods for Breastfeeding Mums: Apricots

(First published on The Contented Calf website on Tuesday 6th May 2014.) As well as tasting great, Apricots are friends of breastfeeding mums. They are one of our top ten lactogenic foods and can aid with breast milk production, so let’s find out a bit more about them. Usually referring to the species Prunus armeniaca, an apricot is a small, golden orange fruit, with velvety skin and flesh, or the tree that bears the fruit. However, Prunus brigantina, Prunus mandshurica, Prunus mume, and Prunus sibirica are closely related and have similar fruit also called apricots[i] & [ii]. They are relatives of the...

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#tbt One from the Archive: Top 10 Lactogenic Foods for Breastfeeding Mums: Almonds

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#tbt One from the Archive: Top 10 Lactogenic Foods for Breastfeeding Mums: Almonds

(First published on The Contented Calf website on 25th March 2014.) Helping support breastfeeding For a breastfeeding mum, Almonds are one of our Top 10 Lactogenic Foods, helping to support breast milk supply as well as our general health.   So what is an Almond? Look up the definition of ‘almond’ and you will get something along the lines of the dictionary.com reference: A small widely cultivated rosaceous tree, Prunus amygdalus, that is native to West Asia and has pink flowers and a green fruit containing an edible nut-like seed. The oval-shaped nut-like edible seed of this plant, which has a yellowish-brown shell [ii].   And what makes Almonds lactogenic? The healthy fats, protein, calcium...

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#tbt One from the Archive: Top 10 Lactogenic Foods for Breastfeeding Mums: Barley

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#tbt One from the Archive: Top 10 Lactogenic Foods for Breastfeeding Mums: Barley

(First published on The Contented Calf website on 23rd October 2014.) As a child of the 70s & 80s, say the word Barley and I think ‘Water’ (Mallet’s Mallet style) – the image that pops into my head is that of Robinson’s Barley Water. And perhaps summer. And tennis. The other thing that comes to mind, as someone whose mum is a coeliac, is “wheat, rye, barley, oats”, as her major glutinous no-no list. However, until recently, I would not have thought ‘breastfeeding’ or ‘lactogenic food’. Yet it is one of the Top Ten lactogenic foods that can help with a...

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#tbt One from the Archive: Top 10 Lactogenic Foods for Breastfeeding Mums: Dates

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#tbt One from the Archive: Top 10 Lactogenic Foods for Breastfeeding Mums: Dates

(First published on The Contented Calf website on Wednesday 20th May 2015.) Why are dates such a great top 10 lactogenic food? Tryptophan Dates contain Tryptophan. Tryptophan is one of the 10 essential amino acids that the body uses to create the proteins it needs. In particular, tryptophan serves as a precursor for serotonin (our feel-good neurotransmitter). Seratonin supports the chemistry of lactation. Serotonin counter-acts Dopamine, which suppresses Prolactin (needed for milk production). So anything that keeps Dopamine levels low, in turn keeps Prolactin levels high; thus making them lactogenic and helping to combat low milk supply. High tryptophan = high seratonin...

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