Updated: Aug 25, 2021
As our head nurse Patricia Oduol usually says that breast milk is love turned into food. It is the best gift that a mother could give to her new-born.
However, most breastfeeding Kenyan mothers often find that they are not able to produce enough breastmilk to nourish their children.
Low milk production could be caused by stress, poor nutrition, family planning methods as well as the health of the mother.
When a Kenyan mom discovers that she has low milk production to exclusively breastfeed her baby, she has to look for alternative solutions such as finding a wet nurse or buying formula milk to supplement what she is producing.
These alternative solutions are however not very popular with most women.
Finding a willing wet nurse might be a tall order for most people. Formula milk on the other hand is very expensive and as such most low income households might not be able to afford it. It is also not recommended by most health practitioners.
The question on what is the best food for breastfeeding mothers in Kenya is therefore very common. Well, without further ado, we are going to look into it.
And the best foods can be found in our traditions.
African Foods that Increase Breast Milk
Traditionally different regions in Kenya swear by different foods that the locals took to boost their milk production.
For people in Nyanza region, they will swear by omena and fish plus taking lots of fluids. The Kisii people believe in saga, managu and kunde while the Luhyas trust mrenda and mito.
Women from Central Province still trust traditionally brewed porridge (ucuru wa gukiia) and njahi.
Kalenjin women will take mursik.
Once a woman takes some of these best foods for breastfeeding mothers in Kenya, she will be in a good position to produce sufficient amounts of milk for her baby.
At Royal Care Medical hospital in Eldoret, we provide skilled training on best nutritional practices that breastfeeding mothers in Kenya can live by to produce enough milk for their babies.