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The Benefits of Coconut Oil and Breastfeeding

I Love Coconut Oil and Breastfeeding

I use coconut oil as a moisturizer and I love it. It smells so good and hydrates my skin wonderfully!

As you know, there aren’t any added chemicals, preservatives or toxins in coconut oil which makes me feel really good about putting it on my skin.

Once I became a breastfeeding mother I became curious about how coconut oil and breastfeeding would be beneficial…

… and wouldn’t you know? It’s good for breast milk too!

benefits of coconut oil and breastfeeding

Coconut Oil and Breastfeeding

Mothers who ingest and use coconut oil topically will make their breastmilk better by strengthening its antimicrobial properties.

Breastmilk with increased antimicrobial properties will protect your baby even more from viruses, bacteria, and protozoa!

Coconut Oil and Breastfeeding

Read the short article below for more details on how coconut oil and breastfeeding protects babies.


The unique composition of human breast milk fat includes the fatty acids, lauric acid and capric acid, which have potent antimicrobial properties. These fatty acids offer the nursing infant protection from viruses such as herpes and HIV, protozoa such as giardia lamblia, and bacteria such as chlamydia and heliocobater.

A study published in 1998 in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has shown that lactating mothers who eat coconut oil and other coconut products, have significantly increased levels of lauric acid and capric acid in their breast milk. Thus, the milk supply has increased amounts of the protective antimicrobials , which will give even greater protection to the nursing infant.

Pregnant females store fat to assure successful lactation. Any lauric acid and capric acid in the diet becomes part of the adipose stores. The milk fat of a lactating mother is made up of these stores as well as her current diet. If her diet doesn’t contain lauric acid, then generally her milk fat will contain around 3% lauric acid and round 1% capric acid.

When a lactating woman adds foods rich in lauric acid to her diet, the amount of lauric acid available in her breastmilk increases substantially to levels three times the original level and nearly double the amount of capric acid. In countries where coconut oil is a diet staple, levels of lauric acid in the mother’s milk can be as high as 21% and capric acid can be as high as 6% giving her infant even more protection against viruses, bacteria, and protozoa.

Coconut oil can be used instead of butter in cooking and baking. You can stir it into oatmeal or even use it as a spread. Also, this oil’s antimicrobial properties are beneficial for the skin. Pregnant women in many cultures the world over rub cocnut oil on their expanding bellies to keep skin soft and prevent itching.

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Where to Buy

I buy organic extra virgin, unfiltered, cold pressed coconut oil.

Breastmilk is amazing. But did you know you could make your breastmilk better? This article is about the benefits of using coconut oil and breastfeeding.

Other Uses of Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is one of my favorite ways to ingest healthy fats. It’s delicious and so versatile. In fact, it’s in many recipes on this website. Here are some of my favorites:

Coconut Oil Chocolates (NOM NOM)

Plantain Pancakes Made in a Blender

No-Bake Energy Bites for Pregnancy and Postpartum

Coconut Curry Butternut Squash Soup (made in an InstantPot)

Perfect Coconut Oil Popcorn on the Stove 

Making the Best Lactation Cookies

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Thursday 3rd of March 2016

Did anyone use coconut oil capsule to increase breast milk? I'm having my second baby and had a really hard time producing milk so I'm wondering if it increases it and can capsules work instead of tablespoons of the oil? And if you did use capsule how many mg did u take ? How often ? What brand ? Thank you !!

Amy Dearie

Friday 17th of February 2012

Coconut Oil is also a great alternative lubricant for folks that are allergic to the synthetic KY's and such. Great for massage, edible, and good for you. :D

Lindsey Morrow

Sunday 19th of February 2012


Holly Buss

Thursday 16th of February 2012

Thought this might interest you... Tons of uses for coconut oil!!

Lindsey Morrow

Sunday 19th of February 2012

Love crunchy Betty!

Holly Buss

Thursday 16th of February 2012

Oh, interesting. I use coconut milk to sweeten up my smoothies. I wonder if the milk has any of the same benefits as the oil. I have that same brand coconut oil in my pantry, but has expired long ago. Maybe I could still use it as a moisturizer and buy some new for cooking.

Lindsey Morrow

Thursday 16th of February 2012

If it doesn't smell bad, I'd say go for it!