12 Great Suhoor Foods for Breastfeeding Moms

Dates

The best form of suhoor is dates as understood from the following hadith of the Prophet (saws), “How excellent are dates as the believer’s suhoor.” [(Sahih) Abu Dawood (2/303)]

Fresh Fruit

Prepare a fruit salad and refrigerate the night before to save time and energy.

Green Smoothie/Juice

Green foods increase the fat content of breastmilk and will give you an energy boost. Collards, spinach, kale, wheat grass, or any other green leafy vegetables can be juiced or chopped into smoothies. Spirulina, kelp, barley grass, alfalfa leaf and herbs are also great green foods to add to your morning drink. Here is an easy recipe for a Green Smoothie for Breastfeeding Mothers.

Boiled Eggs

Eggs are a great source of protein and omega 3 fatty acids. If boiled eggs are too bland for you, boil them the night before and make an egg salad or egg curry.

Oatmeal

Oats are the most commonly used food to increase milk supply in the U.S. It is one of the most nutritious foods and contains proteins, vitamins, minerals, and trace elements. Save time by mixing raw oats and water the night before and placing the bowl in the refrigerator. In the morning it will be thickened and can be eaten cold or warm. Stir in dried fruits, nuts and butter for a boost of nutrients. Oats can also be prepared in advance as granola or breakfast bars for suhoor.

Hummus

Chickpeas are known to increase milk supply. Also, the sesame seed butter or tahini is a strong source of calcium. I highly recommend making your own hummus because it is less expensive and easy. For an extra boost of nutrients and to your milk supply, add extra raw or roasted garlic.

Baked Yams

Baked yams can be prepared the previous night and eaten cold or warmed in the morning. Sprinkle with a little brown sugar and butter for extra flavor.

Lentil Soup

Make a pot of soup to last a few days.  Add fennel for if need to increase your milk supply. Mung beans and fava beans (foul) are great alternatives.

Raw Almonds

Nuts are great for suhoor because they require no preparation. Macadamia nuts and cashews are also known to support milk supply.

Whole Wheat Pancakes

Again, these can be prepared the night before and served cold or warm. Add flaxseed to your batter for extra nutrients, especially omega-3 fatty acids. Here is a recipe for Mama’s Milkie Morning Pancakes. And here is another delicious recipe, Almond Butter-Flaxseed Pancakes.

Beet Muffins

Reddish vegetables are full of beta-carotene which is needed in extra amounts during lactation. Beets are a wonderful source of minerals and iron. I made these muffins the other day and they were delicious! If you don’t like beets, these carrot muffins are great as well.

Water

I know this isn’t a food but it is important that you hydrate yourself when fasting. Avoid filling your stomach with water at suhoor. Instead, be conscious of your fluid intake starting at Maghrib and moderately drink throughout the night.

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4 thoughts on “12 Great Suhoor Foods for Breastfeeding Moms

  1. My milk supply was decreasing so I supplement with formula, baby was frustrating just wanted to take formula and as a result it dried out 3 months ago. Is there hope
    He’s now 9 months old

  2. grest tips! I must say, although i was worried about breastfeeding during ramadhaan, it’s Allah’s infinite Mercy that Alhumdulilah I had more milk during fasting in Ramadhaan than I did out of Ramadhaan.

    Trust that Allah wont burden you with more than you can bare and you’ll see His miracles. Alhumdulilah!

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