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Breast Milk Production and Diet

a) Anatomy of the human breast The inside of a breast looks like a bush – with the nipple being the stump of the bush and the milk duct ‘branches’ and alveoli ‘leaves’ fanning out inside. It is composed of essentially four parts: alveoli or glands, milk ducts and fat, plus connective tissue. The alveoli group together into larger… read more


Mentioned in the Metro: The Contented Calf Cookbook

Breastfeeding: Why you might not be producing enough breast milk and how you can boost supply Thursday 1st Feb 2018 << There are plenty of things you can do to help protect and maintain your supply. Make sure you drink plenty of water, as your body needs to stay hydrated to… read more


Fennel good for breastfeeding: A Top 10 Lactogenic Food

Fennel: good for breastfeeding, but what is it? Fennel is a flowering plant in the carrot family, with yellow flowers and feathery leaves, and is originally indigenous to the Mediterranean coast.[1] The bulb of the plant canbe eaten as a vegetable, as can the stalks. The seeds are often used as… read more


Top 10 lactogenic food: Dates, food for breastfeeding

So why are dates such a great top 10 lactogenic food? Tryptophan Dates contain Tryptophan. Tryptophan is one of the 10 essential amino acids that the body uses to create the proteins it needs. In particular, tryptophan serves as a precursor for serotonin (our feel-good neurotransmitter). Seratonin supports the chemistry of… read more


Top 10 lactogenic foods: Barley – for breastfeeding mums

As a child of the 70s, say the word Barley and I think ‘Water’ (Mallet’s Mallet style) – the image that pops into my head is that of Robinson’s Barley Water. And perhaps summer. And tennis. The other thing that comes to mind, as someone whose mum is a coeliac,… read more


Top 10 lactogenic foods: Apricots – helping with a low milk supply

As well as tasting great, apricots are the friend of breastfeeding mums. They are one of our top ten lactogenic foods and can aid with a low milk supply, so let’s find out a bit more about them. Usually referring to the species Prunus armeniaca, an apricot is a small,… read more


Low Milk Supply – Top 10 Lactogenic Foods: Almonds

Look up the definition of ‘almond’ and you will get something along the lines of the dictionary.com reference: A small widely cultivated rosaceous tree, Prunus amygdalus, that is native to W Asia and has pink flowers and a green fruit containing an edible nut-like seed. The oval-shaped nut-like edible seed of this plant, which has a yellowish-brown shell [i]. General Health & Nutrition There are many reasons why we at Contented Calf love them. One serving of almonds (28 grams, or about 23 almonds) contains: Healthy fat:… read more