Supercharge Your Milk Supply: The Power of Turmeric and Matcha for Breastfeeding Moms

Supercharge Your Milk Supply: The Power of Turmeric and Matcha for Breastfeeding Moms

Both turmeric and matcha have been consumed by breastfeeding mothers for centuries. Finding baby-safe spices and foods to boost moms' postpartum health is extremely important, particularly when breastfeeding. The medicinal benefits of turmeric combined with the mental and physical benefits of matcha make them a super combo for breastfeeding moms. 

How to increase milk supply with turmeric and matcha

History of turmeric

Turmeric, known scientifically as Curcuma longa, has a rich history of medicinal use across various cultures, particularly in Asia. In traditional Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine, turmeric has been used for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Its active compound, curcumin, is responsible for many of its health benefits.

  1. Ancient India

Turmeric has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for over 4,000 years!  In Ayurvedic texts, turmeric is mentioned as a remedy for various ailments and as a general tonic for overall health. Turmeric is recognized for its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and healing properties. It is used to treat wounds, skin conditions, digestive issues, and joint pain.

  1. Traditional Chinese Medicine

In China, turmeric (Jiang Huang) is used for its ability to move qi (energy) and blood and to alleviate pain and inflammation. It is often prescribed for conditions like menstrual, chest, and abdominal pain​.

  1. Middle Eastern and North African Cultures

Turmeric was introduced to these regions through trade routes from India. It was incorporated into various traditional remedies and dietary practices, valued for its healing properties. Turmeric is often used in beauty and skincare routines to treat acne, lighten hyperpigmentation, and improve skin complexion.

History of turmeric

Turmeric for breastfeeding 

Traditionally, turmeric is used by lactating moms to promote healing after childbirth. Its anti-inflammatory and pain-reducing properties help moms regain their strength. Modern studies also show that turmeric enhances milk production. 

In a 4 week study of breastfeeding mothers, those taking turmeric mixed with fenugreek and ginger saw a 49% increase in milk volume at week 2 and a 103% increase at week 4. The nutrient content in the milk did not change and no adverse effects were seen. 

Herbal compresses and creams containing turmeric significantly reduce the pain and discomfort of mastitis. Calming inflamed nipples and relieving swollen breast pain. 

Our instant fermented turmeric tea from Okinawa is a delicious and easy way to mix turmeric into your life. 

Fermented turmeric powder

Health benefits and effects of matcha

Matcha green tea has many health benefits. Its moderately high caffeine content, combined with the naturally occurring amino acid l-theanine and extremely high antioxidant count, makes it a great source of energy, mental clarity, and well-being.  

Health benefits of matcha

1. Rich in antioxidants

Matcha is packed with antioxidants, particularly catechins, a type of flavonoid. The most potent catechin in matcha is epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), which has been linked to numerous health benefits, including reducing inflammation and fighting free radicals in the body.

2. Boosts metabolism, burns calories, and helps with weight loss

Studies suggest that matcha can help increase metabolism and enhance fat burning. The combination of caffeine and catechins in matcha may increase thermogenesis - the body's rate of burning calories and help you lose weight

3. Enhances mental alertness and clarity

Matcha contains L-theanine, an amino acid that promotes a state of relaxation and well-being by increasing the levels of serotonin and dopamine in the brain. When combined with caffeine, L-theanine can improve cognitive function and enhance focus and alertness without the jittery effects typically felt with coffee.

4. Detoxifies the body

The chlorophyll in matcha, which gives it its vibrant green color, is known for its detoxifying properties. Chlorophyll can help eliminate heavy metals and chemical toxins from the body.

5. Supports cardiovascular health

Regular consumption of matcha has been linked to lower levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol and triglycerides, which are risk factors for cardiovascular disease

6. Enhances calm and relaxation

The L-theanine in matcha promotes the production of alpha waves in the brain, which induce a state of relaxation without causing drowsiness. This makes matcha a great option for reducing stress and promoting a calm state of mind. 

7. Strengthens the immune system

Matcha contains various compounds that boost the immune system, including vitamins A and C, potassium, iron, protein, and calcium. These nutrients can help the body fight off infections and support overall health.

8. Improves skin health

The high levels of antioxidants, particularly EGCG, can help protect the skin from damage caused by UV radiation and pollution. Additionally, the anti-inflammatory properties of matcha can help reduce redness and irritation, promoting smoother, clearer skin. 

9. Provides a sustained energy boost

Unlike coffee, which can cause a spike and subsequent crash in energy levels, matcha provides a more sustained energy boost. The combination of caffeine and L-theanine results in a gradual increase in energy that lasts. 

Matcha for breastfeeding 

Matcha for breastfeeding

Any mom knows breastfeeding is exhausting! Burning an additional 200-600 calories a day and waking up to feed and pump throughout the night adds to the lack of energy that all new moms feel.

While it’s important for breastfeeding moms to stay within a healthy caffeine limit while breastfeeding (300 mg per day), drinking matcha is a clean, healthy way to boost energy postpartum. 

One of the top causes of a mother being unable to breastfeed is a decline in her health. When breastfeeding, the food that mom takes in influences the nutrients and flavor of her breast milk. The numerous health benefits of matcha can help keep a breastfeeding mom healthy and that can help keep baby healthy. 

Turmeric and matcha recipes you’ll love 

Looking for more ways to mix matcha and turmeric into your diet? Here’s a list of a few of our favorite turmeric and matcha recipes that are easy to make and taste incredible! 

Bottom line

Turmeric can help with many common health problems and is scientifically proven to increase milk production. Matcha is packed full of health benefits and is a safe way for breastfeeding moms to consume caffeine. Combining the two to make a golden milk matcha latte is the ultimate way for breastfeeding mothers to supercharge their milk supply!  

Disclaimer: These statements in this blog post have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The information provided here is for educational purposes only and should not be considered as medical advice. It's essential to consult with a qualified healthcare professional before making any dietary or lifestyle changes. 

 

Resources:

Bumrungpert, A., Somboonpanyakul, P., Pavadhgul, P., & Thaninthranon, S. (2018). Effects of Fenugreek, Ginger, and Turmeric Supplementation on Human Milk Volume and Nutrient Content in Breastfeeding Mothers: A Randomized Double-Blind Controlled Trial. Breastfeeding medicine : the official journal of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine, 13(10), 645–650. https://doi.org/10.1089/bfm.2018.0159

Sayuti, N. A., & Atikah, N. (2023). The pattern of herbal medicines use for breastfeeding mother in Jogonalan, Klaten, Indonesia: a mini survey. BMC complementary medicine and therapies, 23(1), 399. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12906-023-04235-x

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