A quick recipe to help get the milk flowing.
If you’re anything like well, every single new mom out there that has decided to breastfeed her baby, then you will most likely obsess over milk supply. At least, during those first few months. It may feel like if you aren’t nursing, you’re pumping. The clock is moving in fast forward, and the nursing/pumping sessions are all blending into one very long day. If this sounds like you, then first, let me remind you that you do not stand alone.
In an attempt to make your life just a teeny tiny bit easier, here is a great recipe that personally, rocked my world. Not only does it help boost milk supply — it’s yummy… and it may help you avoid the shakes when you realize it’s 2:00pm and you haven’t had anything to eat yet. Finding time to feed ourselves as new moms is a difficult task some days but remember, you can’t feed another human if you aren’t nourishing yourself. So, my friend, become one with these magical oats.
1/3 cup regular oats
1 tbsp ground flax seed (or whole seed if you don’t mind the texture)
1 tbsp brewers yeast (this has a strong taste, but you get used to it)
1 tbsp ground or whole chia seeds (black or white)
1 tbsp maple syrup or honey
½ tsp cinnamon
1 cup of milk (can also use almond milk, cashew milk, etc. your choice)
¼ cup of dried fruit (some great options are dates, cherries, goji berries, or apricots)
In a large bowl, mix up the oats, flaxseed, brewers yeast, chia seed, maple syrup (or honey), and cinnamon thoroughly. If the brewers yeast clumps, use a fork or whisk to break it up. Pour into mason jars (or any other glass jars of your choice. I like mason jars because its easy to put the lids on and store.) Put the dried fruit on top, and seal the jar. Place in the fridge over night.
In the morning:
I like to cut up some fresh fruit, such as strawberries or bananas and toss in. If you’re short on time, then raspberries or blueberries are also a great choice. If you’re mega short on time, then simply open the jar and enjoy!
The best part about this recipe is you can change it up. I like to throw in chocolate (or carob) chips, or a dollop of peanut butter. You can also switch up your dried fruit or fresh fruit choices so you don’t get bored. Just make sure you keep the oatmeal, flax & brewers yeast constant to maintain the lactation benefit!
Bon Appetit and happy milking!