February 19, 2015

Beer For Breastfeeding Moms: How To Increase Your Milk Supply

Beer For Breastfeeding MomsIf you’re a breastfeeding mother, new or experienced, you understand the stress that comes along feeding another tiny human. As mothers we are constantly worrying about the well being of our babies, and knowing that they are relying on you to provide their food and nutrition can sometimes feel overwhelming. Breastfeeding in general is a commitment, if you’re also pumping for your baby, that can be a full time job in itself. Babies grow quickly, their eating habits increase, and there are only so many hours in the day. Moms may have a hard time keeping up their milk supply in order to keep up with the demands of their baby.

How To Increase Your Milk Supply

Although there are many ways to help increase your milk, did you ever consider kicking back and relaxing with a beer to help increase your milk? That’s right, beer for moms! You can “have your beer, and drink it too”. It has been argued that dark hoppy beers are actually ok to have while breastfeeding, and can actually increase your milk supply. The beer is said to increase the hormone that stimulates milk supply.

Beers For Breastfeeding Moms

Milk Stout

how to increase your milk supplyYou amy be wondering what exactly is a Milk Stout?A stout is a dark and hoppy beer that is usually made from roasting malts and barely. A Milk Stout is a stout that contains lactose, a sugar from milk. This adds body, flavor, and density to the beer. Milk Stouts usually contain flavors like chocolate and coffee which make them a great dessert beer. If you’re looking to increase your milk supply while taking some “mommy time”, you may want to try some of these suggestions:

The Duck-Rabbit Milk Stout

Lactose is unfermented by brewers yeast, leaving the lactose in the beer.The lactose is what makes this beer rich in flavor and color. The sugar from the lactose is what gives the beer it’s dark color. The Duck-Rabbit Milk Stout has well rounded roasted grains, giving this beer the scent of cocoa, vanilla, and coffee. It’s rich flavor gives each sip the taste of sweet dark coffee.

Left Hand Milk Stout

left-hand-milk stoutThis Milk Stout has much less carbonation than most beers. Because of it’s flatter composition, the stout has a silky smooth taste. It has notes of vanilla, cream and chocolate, which balances out it’s earthy flavors. This stout also suits as an after dinner brew, try pairing this stout with your favorite dessert.

Naughty Sauce – Noble Ale Works

If you’re a fan of coffee ice cream, this milk stout will suit you just fine. The stout is infused with 3 pounds per barrel of Guatemalen coffee leaving it with a rich coffee flavor. It’s low carbonation gives it a smooth and creamy finish.

Belching Beaver Brewery -Peanut Butter Milk Stout

belching_beaver_breweryWho doesn’t love a peanut butter, chocolate combo? The Stout has a roasted nutty aroma with the taste to match. This is a golden Milk Stout, and the charred nutty flavors work well with the sweet chocolate notes that come in afterwards. Mild carbonation and the sweetness will remind you of sipping on a cream soda.

Many of these beers of rich flavors that can be complemented with an after dinner dessert. If you’re not regularly a beer drinker, you may want to give these Milk Stouts a try. They have less carbonation than a regular brew, with creamy finishes. This kind of richness can be similar to enjoying a chocolate milkshake! Don’t put pressure on yourself trying to increase your milk supply. If you can help your body while enjoying a delicious drink (after nine months and counting of not having any alcohol), then it’s worth a shot. Cheers!

Have You Tried Beers While Breastfeeding To Help Increase Your Milk Supply? What Was Your Experience?

In the comments below, tell us if you’ve tried a Milk Stout to help increase your milk supply. Have you tried any of the Stouts mentioned above?

Beer For Breastfeeding Moms

Danielle Cherrick

Danielle loves a good glass of wine. She enjoys exploring various kinds of spirits and learning more about what she's drinking so she can enhance her palate and tasting skills.