Traditional African Nutrition and Breastfeeding

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Moringa Flowers

Now that Black women are reclaiming some traditional aspects of child rearing, such as natural childbirth, baby wearing and breastfeeding, it’s only natural that we are also looking towards bettering our bodies through nutrition. This especially comes into play while breastfeeding. As a Pre-Natal Health Coach, and Holistic Healer, I am often asked “What can I do to make my milk come in stronger?” and “How can I be sure that my baby is getting the proper nutrition?” Alongside drinking plenty of water and eating a balanced diet, my answer is always moringa.

Known world-wide as the “Miracle Plant,” Moringa grows in tropical and sub-tropical climates, such as Africa, India, Malaysia, and Mexico. The moringa plant received its name as the miracle plant because the whole tree, from the seed, the bark, to the leaves, are powerhouses of nutrition and healing. All parts of the tree can be used for food and it is a traditional food plant of Africa.

In Africa, one of the many uses of moringa is as a nutritional food for pregnant mothers, nursing mothers and infants. Moringa has been scientifically proven as a galactogogue. A galactogogue is the scientific term given an herb or food that increases the flow or production of breast milk. Moringa has 17x the calcium in cow’s milk. 10x the vitamin A in carrots, 25x the iron in spinach, and 15x the potassium in a banana.

We know that breastmilk is the best milk for our babies, and we can make our milk even better with the addition of moringa. Modern science is just starting to catch up our history, our traditional foodways that not only supports, but encourages Black mothers worldwide to breastfeed.

Divine IZ Earth
Pre-Natal Health Coach. Holistic Healer and student of the African Traditional Healing Sciences.

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