Growing up, I always saw my mom make this mixture for every aunt or cousin who delivered a baby. And unlike other traditional lactation foods, this simple mix was always welcomed by the new moms. Including me!!
So I thought why not research each ingredient that goes in and its benefits, along with sharing the recipe of this awesome, and very simple to make lactation mouth freshener.
So here goes the ingredient list:-
Fennel seeds – Who would have thought, the most common mouth freshener available in every household, and eaten after most meals is also a galactagogue. It increases milk production and aids digestion. It contains phytoestrogens and is thought to help letdown.
What more would any mom want, If they aren’t already munching on saunf.
Dill seeds – commonly available as Suva, Dill is a relaxant, increases strength, and increases urination to help in the removal of toxins, excess salts, and water from the body. Furthermore, it is a carminative (helps remove excess gas), antispasmodic (prevents cramps), and an anti-flatulent substance.
Having carminative and anti-flatulent foods not only helps the mother but also prevents the babies digestion. It stimulates lactation and endocrinal secretions, and last but not the least, it ensures bone and dental health since it is a good source of calcium.
Carom seeds/Ajwain – What else does a mother need after galactagogues and to improve any digestive issues?? Immunity And some old aunts say if the mother’s immunity is good, it will prevent any infection to the baby too, through milk and also due to obvious close proximity. After Delivery, the mothers’ immune system needs a boost and hence use of Ajwain on a daily basis is recommended. It helps prevent any cold and cough, and again also prevent acidity
The strain of delivery impacts the health of the back muscles and the spine. Ajwain seeds contain anesthetic properties that reduce back pain and help women recovering from childbirth.
The seeds are also ideal for healing the body post-delivery as these have anti-inflammatory properties.
Sesame seeds – Both black and white sesame seeds or til are an excellent source of calcium and copper. Apart from these, they are also packed with other micronutrients beneficial for both mother and baby. Having sesame seeds daily improves the quality of breast milk.
Black seed/Kalonji – The active ingredient found in black seeds (thymoquinone) is a phytochemical compound that, helps new mothers overcome lactation difficulties.
The antioxidant properties of Kalonji seed are very beneficial in encouraging lactation and increasing milk supply, so effective in breastfeeding. The seeds are also rich in essential fatty acids such as Linoleic acid, which cannot be produced inside the body and need to be obtained from food. During lactation, it is an excellent form of added nutrition for both mother and the growing child while its immune system boosting properties serve as a natural, safe way to build resistance against illness.
While black cumin is not recommended for use during pregnancy (because it can cause contractions), it is completely safe and beneficial for breastfeeding women.
Dry coconut – It contains no cholesterol or trans fats while being rich in a number of essential nutrients, including dietary fiber, manganese, copper, and selenium.
The fat in coconut contains high amounts of lauric acid, an essential fatty acid that’s a significant component found in breast milk. If your diet contains more lauric acid, it will help promote healthy brain development. If you’re worried about the effect this could have on your waistline, research shows that consumption of coconut or coconut oil daily can actually help speed up your metabolism.
Flax seeds – Rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, flax seeds, and flax seed oil have phytoestrogens that aid in breast-milk production. Many nursing mothers supplement their diet with a sprinkle of flax seeds to increase lactation. It is recommended by experts to eat them whole (after roasting) rather than in powdered form. The amazing diet fibers of flax seeds help aid digestion when you have the whole seeds.Flaxseed oil contains alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), which is partially converted into the omega-3-fatty acids, docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) in the body.
Flax-seed oil increases the ALA content of breast milk. So here is how you make it:-
- 100g Dill seeds (Sowa)
- 100g Fennel seeds
- 1 tbsp Ajwain/carom seeds
- 2 tbsp Sesame seeds
- 2 tbsp flax seed
- 1 tbsp Kalonji/Black seeds
- 50g Dry coconut, sliced or grated.
Method:Dry roast all the ingredients on a very low flame till aromatic, let it cool completely if required, you can also add a pinch of black salt. Store in an airtight jar, And that’s it. You can have it after every meal.
I had this mix for the customary 30 – 40 days, which is usually deemed as the recovery period post delivery. But with certain changes, I don’t see why we shouldn’t continue having it further for the full time that you are breastfeeding, as it is equivalent to a multivitamin capsule.
So after the 30 days, the requirement of dill is reduced, and you can freduce the quantity of dill seeds to half. Ajwain can be added if bloating or any other digestive issues persist or else can be stopped.
You can further add pumpkin seeds which are a rich source of iron, protein, and fiber. Iron is essential for proper nerve cell development and the specialization of certain brain cells. Both moms and babies need an adequate dietary intake of iron for developing blood supplies. or sunflower seeds, which provide a healthy source of essential fatty acids, Vitamin E, selenium, and copper – All of which help in improving the quality of breast milk and in the later months can also help with weight loss. Instead of overdoing it. I add only one at a time. Excessive consumption of seeds can sometimes cause intolerance which we do not want. Ideally, 1 – 2 tbsp in the overall mixture works just fine.
Note: If you are intolerant to any of the seeds mentions above or observe any allergic reactions, please discontinue.