So this happened in the last month or so. I learned about two foods that significantly increased my breast milk supply and totally by accident. Mommas, if you’re trying to establish your supply or have experienced a dip…you’ll especially want to keep reading.
When we brought Laila home, we had this tradition with her every day in those beginning months. We would dim the lights and massage her daily, playing relaxing music in the background and we would light a lavender oil lamp. The running joke was how she went to the spa everyday.
But we noticed how she slept well, had good digestion, and how special it felt to bond with her that way.
The benefits, (as stated by Maharishi Ayurveda), of Abhyanga oil massage are:
- Enhancing the circulatory and respiratory system of your baby by bringing nourishing blood to all the cells of the body
- Daily abhyanga/massage improves digestion, healthy muscle tone, aiding growth and development of your infant
- The massage helps to enhance relaxation enabling your baby to establish better sleep patterns
- Regular abhyanga relieves muscular tension held from the fetal position
- Spending time and communicating with your new borne during this precious time in their lives is particularly fulfilling and reaps long term benefits and rewards for both emotional and physical health
Even now, our active little explorer of a toddler will sit still for her “haaash, haaash”, (this is an Indian/Gujarati slang word basically meaning ‘ohhh feels good’ for when putting on lotion/massage and even after eating a big delicious meal lol).
As a yoga instructor, I recently included the benefits of infant massage in a mommy and me baby yoga workshop I ran. The moms have since contacted me and told me how it’s helped so much! My sister is also a licensed massage therapist and my family has a long tradition of this Ayurvedic therapy for little ones so wanted to share how amazingly beneficial and easy it is to incorporate into your baby’s life. [Read more...]