It is very true that breast milk is the only perfect food and best for infants and for children. Breast milk provides the specific nutrients that babies need to grow, both in size and maturity. The best benefit of breast feeding is that the human milk have antibodies in it to protect the baby from illness. I am sure that every parent do not want their babies to be sick. Breastfeeding for the mother has physical benefits such as reduced rates of breast cancer and ovarian cancer. As a breastfeeding mom, I am not that worried if normal supplies of food and water are not available because I can always feed my baby.
Since I started breastfeeding I have been observing what works best for me to enhance breast milk production. It is recommended to eat indigenous foods. In my previous post I have also shared “What to eat and avoid while breastfeeding?“. Now let me share the effective Malunggay food supplement for breastfeeding.
I tried several Malunggay capsule and I found out that Pro-Lacta is one of the very effective Malunggay capsule. Each capsule of Pro-Lacta contains 350mg Malunggay powdered leaves (Moringa Oleifera Lam). We know that Malunggay is a common and highly nutritious vegetable that is widely cultivated throughout the Philippines. The Malunngay leaves is popularly known to enhance breast milk production among breastfeeding mothers. The recommended dose of taking Malunggay capsule is three times daily and maybe adjusted depending on lactation requirement.
Pro-Lacta Supplement Facts
Serving size: 3 capsules (3 x 350 mg). Amount per serving of 3 Capsules:
- Calories: less than 1 cal
- Crude fiber: 61.74 mg
- Calcium: 21.40 mg
- Protein: less than 1 g
- Fat: less than 100 mg
- Cholesterol: less than 1 mg
- Vitamin A: 5.91 ug
- Vitamin B1: 2.58 ug
- Vitamin B2: 5.91 ug
- Niacin: 40.11 ug
- Vitamin C: 2.91 ug
- Iron: 0.23 mg
- Phosphorous: 3.72 mg
The price of Pro-Lacta Malunggay capsule is about Php 7.00 per capsule at Mercury drugstore. Other Malunggay capsules are also effective like Natalac but in my experience, I have to take two capsules after meal or 6 times a day for it to be effective. Compared to Pro-Lacta that contains 350 mg Natalac only contains 250 mg and it is more expensive. Other Malunggay capsules are now available in 500 mg like the Moringana in the photo below. I always eat soupy vegetables with Malunngay leaves and I take Malunggay capsules as well to help with my breastfeeding. I have also read that Sun Angel Malunngay capsule is effective and the Malunggay Life Oil.
With my experience using other generic Malunggay capsule, I always fart and it smells bad but with Pro-Lacta I did not encounter this side effects, that is why I stick with Pro-Lacta Malunggay capsule. The only problem is its availability. It is usually out of stock. I think it is because many breastfeeding moms are using this.
Another good food supplement for breastfeeding is the Malunggay tea. If I was not able to eat soupy Malunggay vegetable, Malunggay tea is my alternative. The Sun Angel Malunggay tea is effective in increasing breast milk production. To prepare, I boil two-three cups of water then use one Malunggay tea bag. After 15 minutes, I squeeze Calamansi (about 1 – 3 pieces) and add two tablespoons of sugar.
My Obstetrician advise me to take Domperidone too to promote lactation. At first I was curious about it because Domperidone is usually used for Gastrointestinal problems but when I started taking it, it works wonder. When I am stress causing insufficient milk production, I take Domperidone. Domperidone increases prolactin secretion indirectly that is responsible to increase of milk production. It is not always recommended to take Domperidone to increase milk production because it is not the main purpose of this drug so better to go natural with milk production by eating indigenous foods and taking food supplements.
Update 2018 for Effective Malunggay Food Supplement for breastfeeding:
If you want to try and buy Malunggay capsules, I found a product online that have positive feedback or good reviews from an online shop.
Through breastfeeding, I can claim that my baby is very healthy. Look at her cute baby pictures below. Her face and body glows, the outcome of breastfeeding baby is a happy healthy baby.
Credit: benefits of breastfeeding – http://www.llli.org