Moringa is incredibly nutrient dense. It has more iron, calcium, protein, fiber, B vitamins, and antioxidants than spinach or kale. It’s no surprise moringa can help new mothers with nursing by increasing the quality and quantity of their breast milk.
The three nutrients that pregnant women need most are calcium, iron, and folic acid. In some parts of the world, prenatal vitamins are not readily available. Moringa is used as a supplement for pregnant and breastfeeding mothers in many parts of the world. Moringa can be an excellent way to add a boost of these nutrients to each meal that you prepare. Only one tablespoon of Pure Moringa Vegetable Powder can provide about 50% RDV iron, 15% RDV of calcium, and 5 ug folic acid.
Moringa has so many vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants and can be used in every stage of motherhood. Let’s take a look at 3 ways moringa can help new mothers:
Moringa as a Lactation Enhancer
A study showed that women with premature infants who used moringa 4-5 days after giving birth experienced increased milk production. This increase is also documented in full-term mothers. A significant increase in lactation was shown in women who consumed 350 mg of moringa daily in comparison to mothers who were given a placebo. (1)
Moringa Can Increase Nutrition in a Mother’s Breast Milk
A breastfeeding mom knows that when she eats healthy food, her baby is eating healthy food too. Since moringa is comparable to other dark leafy greens, it can be incorporated into a mother’s diet to safely increase nutrition for both her and her child.
Moreover, a recent study showed that a postpartum use of moringa increased maternal vitamin A intake and also increased the vitamin A content of breast milk for at least six months (2).
While further studies are needed to fully understand the nutritional and medicinal profiles of moringa, its multivitamin components are indisputable (4). Mothers in developing countries have used moringa for years. Generations have passed down this traditional wisdom. Women all over the world strive to nourish themselves in preparation for new life. To eat as many moms have eaten for thousands of years, you can incorporate moringa in your journey to motherhood!
Moringa Can Supplement a Child’s Diet Too!
In many other parts of the world, mothers also incorporate moringa into her childs’ weaning foods for a nutrient boost (3). The great thing about moringa powder is that you can add it to almost anything. It can be mixed into smoothies, savory dishes, or into your baby’s mashed bananas. The suggested daily serving of moringa powder is six tablespoons for a nursing mother and three tablespoons for a child of one to three years (5).
It can be difficult to make sure our families are eating the right amount of nutritious foods, and it’s more important than ever for new mothers and young children. For many years, moringa has been proven to be a great way to boost the nutrition of mothers and their children.
As always, it’s important to discuss the addition of supplements to you or your child’s diet with your doctor.
Take a look at the research yourself:
- Moringa Breastfeeding Study, Moringa Philippines Study
- Postpartum Use of Moringa
- Moringa as a Weaning Food
- A Review of Moringa Research
- Moringa as Rural Food and Medicine
**Note: It is important to avoid moringa in the early stages of pregnancy, as two studies have shown moringa leaves can act as a contraceptive in rats. Research has not fully determined the safety of moringa use before the final weeks of pregnancy.**