Breastfeeding has always been and probably will always be such a big topic. Every woman is different but I feel that deep inside most women’s hearts there is a wish to be able to breastfeed their babies. The problem is that it can be damn hard and especially hurtful at the beginning. It demands a lot of commitment and you become your baby’s little slave, 24/7. This is an even greater commitment if you breastfeed on demand. I did that for the first 3 months but then I started to follow a schedule to be more organised, so I was able to know what to expect. Of course, this won’t always go as planned as there are always lots of things that can happen in-between, such as baby becoming ill, teething, going through phases/leaps, growth spurts, viruses, etc.
Aside from typical problems such as latching, sore or cracked nipples, sore breasts, blocked ducts, mastitis, thrush, etc, one of the main issues encountered is not having enough milk to satisfy a hungry baby. The amount of milk that a woman can have varies tremendously in everyone but it is well known that a good and balanced diet along with a lot of water will normally help you with the quantity and quality of your milk.
This is where I would like to share my little secret with you. When my sister had my niece, she was told by someone who used to help us at my parents house about a well known tale that she should be drinking Quinoa. She told my sister that where she came from (in the mountains near Cuzco, Peru) the people used to eat or drink Quinoa to help them to have more milk flow. This is something that has been happening for centuries since the time of the Inca’s (an ancient South American civilisation)! They were very strong people because Quinoa is an excellent food with lots of nutritious elements very beneficial for your body. It should be part of your 5 a day – it is a Super Food!
Anyway, for the Quinoa to be able to help your milk flow you should be drinking a glass of it just before and during breastfeeding. It is magical, at least for me, because for some reason it fills all your conducts from where the milk should come and increases the amount of your milk and your quality because it is full of vitamins. Honestly guys, Quinoa is amazing!
I’m still breastfeeding my 10 month old daughter and I intend to keep doing so until she is one year old. Quinoa has helped me to keep my flow up, and although I’m not sure if it is psychological or not, every time I forget to drink it I feel like my milk supply is getting lower – it’s so weird!
Now, I will explain how you can prepare it:
Preparation of Quinoa
- Weigh 100 grams of quinoa
- Put the quinoa in a pan
- Weigh 300 grams of water
- Add the water to the pan
- Bring to boil
- Once boiling, simmer for 20 minutes
- If water reduces too much, top up with boiling water from kettle so just covers the quinoa
- After 20 minutes, repeat this a final time if the water has completely reduced (again so it just covers the quinoa)
- Now blend it (a hand blender works fine) into a smooth thick runny paste.
- Poor this into a small container with a lid, and leave it in the fridge
- You can then serve a few spoons of that into a mug, like you are preparing a coffee.
- Add a little milk and then pour boiling water (stir it with a spoon so it gets dissolved with the water), and add sugar or sweetener to taste if desired. Of course the amount depends on each person’s taste.
That’s it! It is ready to drink. It tastes nice and is good for you!
I hope you try it and that it helps you too! If you do try it, please leave me a comment to see how it went.
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