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Protein powders are safe while breastfeeding, and they can be a big help in maintaining milk supply while losing the baby weight. I put together a list of the top 4 protein powders I’ve found for breastfeeding mamas, which are clean, safe, and full of amazing nutrients that will benefit your breast milk supply, as well as nourish your body and help you lose weight.
I personally LOVE a protein shake, and protein shakes made with high-quality protein powders are a major part of my breastfeeding diet plan for postpartum mamas because of all the nutrients you can jam pack into a blender, and drink. Because you can get a lot of nutrients in at once, you are giving your body the building blocks it needs to create breast milk, as well as filling yourself up with fiber and protein. Fiber and protein combined are key to filling satisfied with your snack or meal, so a protein shake is a great way to do this! If you need help with losing the weight while breastfeeding, to ensure you don’t lose your milk supply, I highly recommend you check out my program, which also comes in an app for both android and Iphone. This makes it super user friendly and easy to navigate.
Let’s get into my top 8, high-quality protein powders for breastfeeding mamas:
First Milk Dust Breastfeeding Protein Powder:
This protein powder is specifically formulated for breastfeeding mamas to increase milk supply, nourish the postpartum body, encourage healing and curb sugar cravings. It is non-GMO, gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free and corn-free, and sweetened with only natural sweeteners. No chemicals and chelated minerals for the best absorption. Every ingredient is hand-picked specifically for the benefits it has on milk supply, healing, baby’s health and more! There is an in-depth post on the full list of ingredients and vitamins, and it tastes AMAZING! The sweet, vanilla taste is the best of all the powders listed here. Not chalky at all. If you are sensitive to grainier textures, it can be a bit grainy if only blended with water, which is why there is a free lactation smoothie book to help with recipe creation. Most plant-based protein powders are grainier in texture because of the pea protein, and this protein in particular has chia seeds, flax seeds and pumpkin seeds, which are all VERY important and nutrient-dense.
First is Ora Organics:
This is an AMAZING company. I actually spoke with the CEO last week, and I’ve been using them for quite some time now because I am so impressed with their flavor, texture and insane detail to high-quality ingredients. There actually isn’t another company out there, that I’ve found, which are completely organic, sustainable, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free and non-gmo. Seriously, it is so good for you, and it will really help with milk supply because it has a greens blend with amazing super foods like cranberry, apple, kale, blueberry and broccoli. These are real foods that help with milk supply because of how nutrient dense they are. In addition to that, there is an enzyme blend and COMPLETE AMINO ACID PROFILE! This is AWESOME because plan proteins don’t have complete amino acid profiles, but this protein powder utilizes organic sprouted quinoa to achieve this. Two scoops are packed with 21g of protein per serving, a complete amino acid profile and two servings of organic greens in every shake, adding crucial macro & micronutrients for proper cognitive and muscle function. It’s also easier to digest than other plant proteins because it has a full spectrum of digestive enzymes to support digestion and bioavailability of nutrients.*
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Majka Nourishing Lactation Protein Powder:
I recently just discovered this protein powder, and I haven’t gotten a chance to try it, but I looked over the ingredients, and I am very impressed. The price point is much higher than Ora Organics, at $65 per tub, but there is a lot of lactation supporting blends in this brand! They have a digestive enzyme blend, a lactation blend with ingredients such as fennel and fenugreek, and a pre + probiotic blend to keep your immune system and baby’s healthy and happy. The pre/probiotics can pass through breast milk and get to baby, so that is great for both mama and baby! There is wheat grass and alfalfa grass in there greens blend, which I assume could affect taste. Wheat grass is a strong flavor, BUT, I don’t know for sure because I haven’t tried it. This is NOT dairy free, like Ora Organics, but is gluten-free, non-gmo, vegan and soy-free. There isn’t a complete amino acid in this protein powder, so keep that in mind, but it safe, healthy and nutrient dense! I plan to order some soon to try, so I will update this post when I do!
Milk Drunk Protein Powder:
Milk Drunk protein powder isn’t as clean as the two protein powder options listed above. And what I mean by that is that it isn’t certified organic, non-gmo, non-dairy or soy-free. This protein powder is manufactured in a facility where there are multiple ingredients. I know for a fact that Ora Organics has impeccable standards in processing and chemicals, this one I am not as sure on, but the ingredients look pretty good. This protein powder does offer a great blend of fenugreek and brewers yeast, which I am not sure how that affects flavor (brewers yeast can be strong!), but those are both great for milk supply. There is also oat flour and flaxseed which are ingredients I put in all my lactation desserts to help with milk supply, so I know those work well. From there, you don’t have the greens, superfoods, digestive enzymes or probiotics that you find in the other two protein powders. In my opinion, Ora Organics is only $5 more per tub, yet full of more nutrients which have a massive effect on milk supply as well. But, this is a clean, safe option you can try to help you get your protein in while working on losing the baby weight!
Ideal Raw Protein Powder:
Ideal Raw is another super clean protein powder, that I personally have tried and love. This is another plant-based protein powder, and it has pumpkin seed protein in it, which is a great superfood for breastfeeding mamas. There are only 15 grams of protein, which is a little less then my Ora Organics, and it isn’t a complete amino acid profile, but still a great amount of protein per serving. They have a superfruits blend that has broccoli, wheat grass (and no, you can’t taste it!), and beet powder. These are all wonderful for promoting a healthy milk supply, nourishing your body and getting your protein in. You don’t have the added pre/probiotics or digestive enzymes to help you absorb the nutrients, but still a great option because it is clean, safe and yummy!
BONUS, there is also a new protein powder on the market, BOOBIE BODY, which I reviewed in another post to compare to Milk Dust. This protein powder wasn’t out at the time of wiriting this post 🙂
These are the 4 high-quality protein powders I’ve found to be completely safe and awesome for breastfeeding mamas.
Breastfeeding mamas need protein to help heal after birth and maintain muscle, especially if you are working on losing the baby weight. Protein powder is a wonderful way for breastfeeding mamas to ensure they are getting CLEAN protein.
What is clean protein?
What I mean by that is that you aren’t consuming bacon, cheese burgers and other high-fat and processed meats as your protein source. It can be expensive and difficult to ensure your animal protein sources are clean, grass-fed and free of hormones and other things. I know it is expensive too! This helps keep the quality of your protein source in check!!
If you love a whey protein powder, I have a post on my other blog with more protein powder options for breastfeeding mamas that goes through some clean whey protein powders for breastfeeding mamas.
Choosing a protein powder as a breastfeeding mama can be totally overwhelming, which is why I put together this list. I wanted to give breastfeeding mamas clean, high-quality options to choose from. If you have a protein powder you love, and want to share, leave it in the comments!
If you need help losing the baby weight while breastfeeding, I highly recommend you check out my full breastfeeding meal plan, ab repair program and fitness plan called The Postpartum Cure. It is the most comprehensive and holistic program available, all in an app that makes it user friendly and easy to follow!
If you need help losing the baby weight and keeping up your milk supply, I have a very popular program, The Postpartum Cure, which comes in an app you can download.