breastfeeding friendly soups

Breastfeeding is an exhausting form of love and you’re constantly burning fuel to nourish and keep up with your baby’s supply demands. Using lactation supplements is a way to boost milk supply but the only true, true way to boost is to nurse, nurse, nurse, nurse, nurse, nurse.
Lactation cookies are a great choice to increase milk production but the sugar content is not the way for you or baby. Mom also needs food that is nourishing to her soul as well.
Try soup!
Ok OAN Honey, make sure you invest in a slow cooker. I was able to have meals prepared in advance with a little meal planning on days I was just too tired. This took loads of stress worrying about what to eat and actually finding time to eat. I have tried a couple of breast-feeding friendly soups and that worked for me. There is an abundance of foods that are breast-feeding friendly as well such as garlic, bone broth, carrots, beets, oatmeal, salmon, asparagus…I could go on but I’m sure you’re starving.
My second time breastfeeding I made sure my diet was in tact again during pregnancy and afterwards because I was determined to breastfeed this time. I incorporated rich foods in my soups with the right ingredients to compliment my milk production. Soup was healthy, quick and delicious to eat. You can freeze it and prepare it quickly.
Just heat and eat!
Although a mother’s diet cannot directly affect the contents of breastmilk because it is filtered very well, diet can affect the amount of milk you produce. If you are not consuming nutritious foods your body will be depleted and the amount of milk supply you produce will be affected.
I found a few breastmilk friendly soups, some vegan, I used that maintained my health after having my baby which is most important and will give me the boost needed to maintain an adequate milk supply.

Chicken Noodle Soup (Gluten Free)

Believe it or not bone broth is an excellent way to boost your milk supply. The broth contains minerals and nutrients to strengthen the body and it is deeply hydrating for breastfeeding moms who require extra fluid intake for breast milk production.
pic Martha Stewart
INGREDIENTS
1 tablespoon olive oil
6 cups of bone broth
5-6 pounds of chicken breast
2 stalks celery, diced small
2 medium carrots, diced medium
1 medium yellow onion, diced small
Salt and pepper
1/4 lb of gluten free spaghetti
Directions:
Chop all the vegetables and place into the slow cooker. Add chicken and season. Mix well and add the bone broth. Cook on LOW for 6-8hr or HIGH for 4hrs. When finished add ¼ lb of broken spaghetti to slow cooker and cook on LOW for additional 30 minutes or until pasta is cooked. Serve and enjoy!

Carrot and Butternut Squash Soup

pic Serious Eats
Carrots are another food that is considered beneficial for breastfeeding moms. This slow cooker soup is super easy and nourishing. It also contains coconut milk, curry powder (with fenugreek), garlic and ginger to help make more breast milk. this recipe I made myself so the measurements I’m sure are off but I guessed, lol.

Ingredients:

3 – 4 lb butternut squash
2 large carrots or
12 baby carrots
2-4 fresh garlic gloves
1 inch piece of fresh ginger
Salt and pepper to taste
1 tbsp of curry powder
2 cups veggie broth
1/2 cup full fat canned coconut milk
Directions:
Chop all the vegetables. Combine all the ingredients except coconut milk in the slow cooker. Cook on LOW for 6-8hr or HIGH for 4hrs. When finished add coconut milk and mix to combine. Puree the soup using an an immersion blender, potato masher, or blender. If using a blender, make sure to cool the soup first and not to overfill.Serve and enjoy!

SWEET POTATO BLACK BEAN TORTILLA SOUP

Sweet Jesus I love sweet potatoes! So when I found out they are a milk boosting food, I quickly googled some recipes. Now this was my favorite soup out of the three.

(Pic + Recipe Flavor the Moments

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 red onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1.5 lbs. sweet potato (about 2 medium), peeled, and cut into 1″ cubes
1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
1 jalapeno, seeded and chopped
1 cup corn, fresh or frozen
5 cups veggie broth
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
14 ounce can fire roasted diced tomatoes with its juiceJuice of
1 lime plus lime wedges for serving
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
salt and pepper, to taste

OPTIONAL OVEN BAKED TORTILLA STRIPS:

2 tablespoons olive oil
2 corn tortillas sliced into strips

DIRECTIONS:

Heat the olive oil in a large soup pot or Dutch oven over medium heat.  Add the onion and garlic and saute until softened, about 5 minutes.  Stir in the spices and cook for 1 minute longer, stirring constantly.Add the sweet potato, red bell pepper, jalapeno, and corn and saute for 2-3 minutes.  Add the veggie broth, black beans, diced tomatoes, and salt and pepper to taste and bring to a boil.  Once boiling, reduce heat to medium low and simmer for 20-30 minutes until the potatoes are tender.Remove from heat and add the lime juice, cilantro, and adjust the seasoning if necessary.  Serve warm with tortilla chips and lime wedges.  Enjoy!

PREPARE THE TORTILLA STRIPS WHILE THE SOUP COOKS:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  Toss the tortilla strips with the olive oil and salt, to taste.  Bake in an even layer for 5 minutes or until golden and crispy.
Any soups you’ve tried while breastfeeding, Is love to hear?!
Xo,
Jada

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