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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’s 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 satisfaction with your snack or meal, so a protein shake is a great way to do this! If you need help with losing 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 flavour, 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 your milk supply because it has greens blended with amazing superfoods 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 a COMPLETE AMINO ACID PROFILE! This is AWESOME because plant 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 the bioavailability of nutrients.*
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 are 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 healthy and happy. The pre/probiotics can pass through breast milk and get to the baby, so that is great for both mama and baby! There is wheat grass and alfalfa grass in their greens blend, which I assume could affect the taste. Wheatgrass is a strong flavour, 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 is 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 about this, 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 affects flavour (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!
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 writing 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 they are working on losing the baby’s 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, cheeseburgers 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!!
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!
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