10 Foods to Increase Lactation

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A galactagogue, your SAT word of the day, is a food, herb, or supplement that aids breast milk supply or ejection. Read our gallery to learn about what you should be eating to help boost your breast milk production. This gallery is not meant to substitute medical advice, if you have any concerns, contact your physician or a lactation consultant immediately.

1) Water

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OK, so water is not technically a food, but it is the most essential aspect of ensuring you will have an adequate milk supply. According to studies, 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated. You do not need to drink gallons a day, but you do need to be adequately hydrated. 8 glasses (64 ounces) of fluid a day is an absolute must. In the early stages of your breastfeeding journey its a necessity to have a bottle of water next to where you are going to nurse. You might not be thirsty when you sit down, but it is not uncommon to be overwhelmed by thirst after a few minutes.

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