As a little girl, I always dreamed of being a dairy cow. Well, not really. But as a mama that is exclusively breastfeeding, I know the importance of keeping my milk supply up. Therefore, I wanted to throw together a lactation smoothie recipe that contained the holy trifecta (ingredients said to boost milk production):
Each morning, I steep myself a cup of Mother’s Milk Tea to go with my breakfast. I then drink this peanut butter banana lactation smoothie as my midmorning snack. I’ve noticed that this smoothie keeps me satiated until lunch and has increased my milk supply.
These peanut butter lactation cookies are delicious and are so simple to make. The batch yields about 12-15 cookies and are good for up to 3 days at room temperature (in an air tight container). Once cool, I break each cookie in half. I then eat half a cookie after each feeding to get the ball rolling for the next feeding or pumping session. The ingredients are simple:
Sweetener of choice (I use monk fruit since its lower in the glycemic index than sugar)
Disclaimer:This regimen worked for me. However, you should consult with your doctor before trying any tips on how to dilate faster.
Before becoming pregnant, I suffered from horrible menstrual cramps. So once I found out that I was expecting, I was determined to find any natural remedy that would reduce the pain that comes with labor. Well, sorry to say that I didn’t come across anything as it relates to pain. However, in my quest, I discovered tips on how to dilate faster:
Jordan University of Science and Technology conducted a study that followed 114 women and investigated the effect of date fruit consumption on labor parameters and delivery outcomes. The study had 69 women consume six dates per day for four weeks prior to their estimated date of delivery. The remaining 45 women did not consume any dates. The study concluded the following:
The women that consumed dates had significantly higher mean cervical dilatation upon admission compared with the non-date fruit consumers (3.52 cm vs 2.02 cm), and a significantly higher proportion of intact membranes (83% vs 60%);
Spontaneous labour occurred in 96% of those who consumed dates, compared with 79% women in the non-date fruit consumers;
Use of prostin/oxytocin was significantly lower in women who consumed dates (28%), compared with the non-date fruit consumers (47%); and
The mean latent phase of the first stage of labour was shorter in women who consumed date fruit compared with the non-date fruit consumers (510 minutes vs 906 minutes).
I figured that I wouldn’t lose anything in trying. So starting at 37 weeks, I consumed six Deglet Noor dates per day. I made sure to space them out as follows: two after breakfast, two after lunch, and two after dinner.