Lactogenic Ingredients

Divine Mama Bars are made of all-natural ingredients that are recommended for increasing milk supply. 

While mothers’ bodies typically adapt to their babies’ needs with enough time and patience, sometimes more help is needed. For example, mothers who face medical problems or whose babies spend time in ICU can benefit from naturally lactogenic foods. Some babies simply have difficulty latching properly at first, and the mother may want to maintain supply as they establish a nursing relationship.

Lactogenic substances are foods, drinks, and herbs known to encourage milk production and increase supply. Women throughout history have turned to them while nursing and have passed their wisdom along to the next generation of family and friends. 

This understanding of how certain foods affected supply was so much a part of ancient cultures that mother goddesses (the original Divine Mamas) are often represented in art as holding or eating those plants or herbs. Some examples of lactogenic foods are:

 

Apricots

Apricots have high quantities of beta-carotene and lycopene, anti-oxidants typically found in orange-red fruits and vegetables. Also high in vitamin A and calcium, apricots are a great source of fiber, which benefits digestive tract health.

Oats

Perhaps one of the best known galactagogues (substances that increase milk supply), whole oats are an effective, fast milk booster. Oats contain saponins, which are sweet, soap-like substances that have immune-stimulating and antibiotic effects. The body can use saponins as precursors to the production of hormones, including the pituitary hormones that stimulate lactation.

Cashews, Macadamia Nuts, Almonds

These nuts are loaded with antioxidants and are rich in heart-health-promoting monounsaturated fats, a vital part of healthy milk production. Nuts are lactogenic due to high levels of a variety of minerals. Especially valuable, the amino-acid tryptophan is the precursor of serotonin, which is a pro-lactation neurotransmitter.

 

Dates

Dates are a rich source of dietary fiber and over a dozen varied vitamins such as calcium, vitamin A, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin B3 and vitamin B5. 

Flax Seeds

Dubbed “the new wonder food” by WebMD, flax seed is made up of many vitamins and minerals. It has been known to affect good health as far back as 3,000 BC and owes its biggest health benefits to Omega-3 fatty acids, lignans (which include plant estrogen), and both soluble and insoluble fiber types.

Sesame Seeds

Sesame seeds have the highest levels of calcium and are the most lactogenic of any other seeds.