What is the best lactation protein powder?

drink wholesome is the best lactation protein powder. It is made with a short list of simple ingredients, making it perfect for women who need to boost their protein intake without extra processing and added junk. Order samples to see if our protein powder is right for you. 

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drink wholesome is the best lactation protein powder.

Written by Jack Schrupp & endorsed by Baylee Reller, RDN

What is lactation?

Lactation occurs after childbirth when hormonal changes in the mother’s body trigger the production of breast milk. It is an important part of infant nutrition, and plays a significant role in the physical and emotional bonding between a mother and her child.

The act of breastfeeding has several benefits for both the mother and child, including reduced risk of infections and improved health outcomes. Breast milk is made up of essential nutrients such as proteins, fats, carbohydrates, as well as vitamins and antibodies that help protect the newborn from infection and illness.

Is protein powder good for lactation?

Protein powder can be beneficial for lactating mothers who are not getting enough protein in their diet, as dietary protein is essential for the production of breast milk. Research shows that the maternal diet can impact breast milk macronutrient composition, that is, the foods that the mother eats during lactation may make a difference in terms of the nutritional content of the breast milk.

Maternal diets high in protein, for example, have been associated with higher protein and energy contents in breast milk. This, in turn, means that the infant is getting more protein and calories, both of which are essential for growth and development.

Eating enough and eating a balanced diet is the best way to promote healthy breast milk production. Eating enough is important because breastfeeding mothers burn more calories than most women. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that breastfeeding mothers eat an extra 330 to 400 calories per day.

Eating a balanced diet is important because it is the only way to ensure that the infant is meeting its nutritional needs. Remember, nutrients are transferred from the mother to the infant.

Most mothers should be able to get all the nutrients they need from protein sources like eggs, fish, and meat. That said, getting enough of certain nutrients, like protein, can be hard for some women, especially those with dietary restrictions.

Breastfeeding mothers need 1.7–1.9 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight per day. Adding a scoop of protein powder to your diet is an easy way to ensure that you are meeting these recommendations. That said, not all protein powders are created equal.


What is the best protein powder for a lactating mothers?

If you Google “lactation protein powder,” you will find a number of brands targeting lactating and postpartum mothers. Unfortunately, almost all of these companies use ingredients that lactating mothers should not be consuming.

Milk Dust, one of the most popular brands of lactation protein powder, uses food additives like guar gum and natural flavors. Guar gum is a heavily-processed thickener, and “natural flavor” is more or less a catch-all term for everything that a manufacturer would rather not spell out on the ingredient list. While food manufacturers are required to disclose their ingredients, natural flavor manufacturers are not. They can add solvents, preservatives, carriers and other additives to a flavor that qualifies as “natural” under current regulations

Food additives like thickeners and flavorings can cause painful side effects and long-term gut health problems. Specifically, research shows that they can alter the composition and function of your gut microbiome – the collection of microorganisms living in your gut. This can cause chronic digestive issues, widespread inflammation, and even the development of chronic diseases.  

For this reason, it is imperative that you choose a protein powder with a short list of simple ingredients. Sticking to only a handful of minimally-processed ingredients is going to allow you to boost your protein intake without compromising your gut health. Keep reading to learn more.


Why drink wholesome

drink wholesome is additive-free.

One of the reasons why we make the best lactation protein powder is that we do not use food additives. As you just learned, many additives can cause nasty side effects, especially if you already have a sensitive stomach, which many lactating mothers do.

First of all, additives are hard to break down because they do not look like real food. This means they linger in your gut, feeding your hungry gut bacteria.

Here is a list of the most common food additives in protein powders:

acacia fiber, acacia gum, acesulfame potassium, artificial flavors, ascorbic acid, aspartame, calcium carbonate, carrageenan, cellulose gum, dextrin, dicalcium phosphate, dipotassium phosphate, erythritol, gellan gum, guar gum, gum arabic, inulin, locust bean gum, maltodextrin, mono- and diglycerides, ‘natural’ flavors, rice bran extract, rice dextrin, rice hulls, rosemary extract, silica, silicon dioxide, sodium alginate, sodium bicarbonate, soluble corn fiber, soy lecithin, sucralose, sunflower lecithin, tocopherols, tricalcium phosphate, xanthan gum, xylitol, zinc oxide

Gut bacteria release gas as they eat, so more time to eat means more gas. Too much intestinal gas can cause bloating, flatulence, and stomach pain. It can also slow the passage of food through the colon, leading to constipation. In some cases, partially digested food additives have the opposite effect, causing your colon to absorb extra water and triggering osmotic diarrhea.

the alternative:

Protein Matrix Comprised of (Whey Protein Concentrate,  Whey Protein Isolate, Calcium Caseinate, Micellar Casein, Milk Protein Isolate, Egg Albumen, Glutamine Peptides), Polydextrose, Sunflower Creamer (Sunflower Oil, Corn Syrup Solids,  Sodium Caseinate, Mono- and Diglycerides, Dipotassium Phosphate, Tricalcium Phosphate, Soy Lecithin, Tocopherols), Natural and Artificial Flavor, MCT Powder (Medium Chain Triglycerides, Nonfat Dry Milk, Disodium Phosphate, Silicon Dioxide), Lecithin, Cellulose Gum, Salt, Yellow 5, Sucralose, Acesulfame Potassium, Papain, Bromelain

drink wholesome is dairy-free.

Another reason why we make the best protein powder for lactating mothers is that we do not use whey and casein. Dairy-based proteins like these contain lactose, a sugar that most adults cannot fully digest. This can cause unpleasant gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms.

drink wholesome is made with real foods.

A final reason why we make the best lactation protein powder is that we do not use protein concentrates or isolates. Almost every other protein supplement on the market is made from one or both of these protein sources, which are heavily-processed. Protein concentrates or isolates have been stripped of their non protein components, sometimes using solvents like hexane, so what you eat looks nothing like real food.

Your gut is designed to digest minimally or unprocessed real foods, not protein concentrates or isolates. It follows that emerging research is finding that regularly eating ingredients like these can alter your gut microbiome. As you just learned, an altered gut microbiome is the last thing you want during lactation.

Instead of relying on protein concentrates or isolates, we make the best protein powder for lactation with egg whites and almonds. These simple protein sources are a gut-friendly alternative to protein isolates and concentrates.

For one thing, both egg whites and almonds contain enzymes that help you break them down. Protein isolates and concentrates, on the other hand, have been stripped of these natural digestive aids.

Almonds are also prebiotic, meaning they foster the diversity of your gut microbiome. Egg whites, on the other hand, are low FODMAP, alkaline (maintaining healthy pH levels in your gut), and bioactive (promoting the growth of healthy gut bacteria). This is why our customers report fewer digestive problems with our egg white protein powder than with any other type of protein supplement.

In conclusion, we make protein powders with gut-friendly ingredients so you can boost your protein intake during lactation without compromising your gut health.


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“This is my second breastfeeding journey using drink wholesome. It’s so easy for me to make a quick smoothie and it tastes delicious! I also love know exactly what I’m putting into my body.” – Katelyn

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