Did you know your morning bowl of oatmeal can be tweaked a bit and has the potential to be turned into a powerful, lactation-supporting breakfast? Lactation oatmeal is an easy and simple breakfast that you can whip up when you’re on the hunt for a good breakfast recipe to boost milk supply.
Moms trying to figure out what to eat when breastfeeding often turn to oatmeal.
Oatmeal is a common food recommended to help breast milk supply. But a basic bowl of oatmeal really doesn’t do the trick.
When nursing and following a good breastfeeding meal plan, breakfast is a very important meal. Starting your day with protein means more energy and less blood sugar spikes.
So we took the average bowl of oatmeal and turned it into a milk boosting powerhouse that will fuel you through the morning.
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What is Lactation Oatmeal?
Lactation oatmeal is the combination of breast milk boosting ingredients with the galactagogue oatmeal designed to help breastfeeding moms get a nutritious breakfast.
There are few ingredients that are commonly added to make lactation oatmeal – brewer’s yeast, ground flax and coconut milk. However, there are many more foods that increase milk supply that can also be added to your oatmeal to offer lactation support.
After trying lots, we’ve found that this is probably the best oatmeal for breastfeeding, as it’s all pre made with milk boosting ingredients and all you have to do is scoop and cook. (or just add milk for overnight oats! So easy!)
Read more about the benefits of oatmeal while breastfeeding here.
Does Lactation Oatmeal Boost Milk Supply?
Even if you’ve read a teeny bit about foods that support milk supply, you already know that oatmeal tops the list.
Most Moms will notice an increase in milk supply after eating oatmeal with 6-12 hours. Eating oatmeal regularly can keep milk supply stable while nursing.
However it is to be noted that oatmeal can cause gas for some breastfed babies. If you notice excessive gassiness in your baby, try moderating or eliminating oats for a time and see if it helps. Make sure to read more about foods to avoid while breastfeeding.
What makes this oatmeal recipe in particular, so much better for nursing moms is the fact that it also packs in many other ingredients that don’t just help increase milk supply, but also act as a healthy energy source.
Everything from the chia seeds and flax meal to the coconut milk and mixed berries works together wonderfully and offers the nutrition you need while nursing for a well rounded breastfeeding diet.
Ingredients For Oatmeal Recipe for Breastfeeding
You’ll need a just few simple ingredients to make this bowl of lactation oatmeal.
- shredded coconut
- chia seeds
- ground flax meal
- coconut oil
- blueberries, mixed berries, raisins, or date fruit
- full fat coconut milk (canned)
This recipe gets it’s milk boosting power from the combination of oatmeal, ground flax, chia seeds and the trifecta of shredded coconut, coconut oil and coconut milk.
Read more about foods that boost milk supply here.
The walnuts included give added omega 3’s and protein, as well as a nice crunch.
We used blueberries in this recipe, but your could also use mixed berries, raisins or date fruit.
How to Make the Lactation Oatmeal
Got all your ingredients ready? Making this oatmeal is so easy. Here’s what you have to do.
All you need is a small pan to cook in and a large spoon. I used a small cast iron pot like this one to cook this recipe.
Start by adding the oatmeal and water to a small saucepan, along with the flax, chia seeds, cinnamon, coconut oil, and fruit. Stir to combine.
Allow to simmer for about 5 minutes until oatmeal reaches the desired consistency. Shorter for creamier oatmeal, and longer for thicker oatmeal.
Once cooked, remove from heat and mix in the walnuts, shredded coconut, and coconut milk.
Spoon into a bowl and top with additional walnuts, shredded coconut, and coconut milk if you desire. Drizzle with honey or maple syrup for added sweetness.
Pair this oatmeal with a lactation smoothie for a power packed protein breakfast while breastfeeding!
Then enjoy and get ready to feed that baby again.
How Do I Store It?
The best part about this lactation oatmeal recipe is the fact that it can be prepped ahead of time, which allows you to whip up a super quick breakfast, whenever you want.
While you can follow the step-by-step recipe as instructed, you can also mix all the dry ingredients together in a large bowl, and pack individual portions into zip loc or any other storage bags, and then store in the pantry.
To make it super easy – use this pre made lactation oatmeal mix.
Then, all you have to do is cook the oatmeal and add the toppings! Easy peasy!
What Else Can I Add?
The best part about this oatmeal recipe is the fact that it is versatile enough for you to play around with the ingredients and add-ons. If you have a few extra minutes, you can load the bowl of oatmeal with some chopped-up fresh fruit that you have- apples and bananas are classics that you can’t go wrong with.
You can also add some sunflower seeds into the mix, or chopped up almonds or pecans for a bit of additional flavor and texture.
To make your oatmeal protein-rich, you can add a spoonful of almond butter or peanut butter or any other nut butter of your choice. Bonus points- you’ll also get a nice creamy taste to enjoy!
Tips to Nail this Recipe
While it is easy to make this oatmeal recipe for breastfeeding, there are some tips you can have handy to nail the recipe.
- Want to give this oatmeal a bit of sweetness? Add some honey or maple syrup for a healthier alternative to sugar.
- You can use fresh or frozen fruit in this recipe. Just remember to add a few minutes to the cook time if using frozen fruit.
- Add the chia and flax seeds, as well as any additional lactation boosters, in at the beginning so they have plenty of time to absorb.
This lactation oatmeal recipe is super easy to put together and tastes absolutely divine.
Go give it a shot, because you might find yourself making it again and again.
More Oatmeal Recipes for Breastfeeding
- 2 cups oatmeal
- 4 cups water
- ¼ cup shredded coconut
- ¼ cup walnuts
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 tbsp ground flax meal
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- ½ cup mixed berries, raisins, or date fruit
- ¼ cup full fat coconut milk
- Start by adding the oatmeal and water to a small saucepan.
- Next add the flax, chia seeds, cinnamon, coconut oil, and fruit and stir to combine.
- Allow simmering for about 5 minutes until oatmeal reaches the desired consistency. Shorter for creamier oatmeal and longer for thicker oatmeal.
- Remove from heat and add shredded coconut, walnuts and coconut milk. Mix well and then spoon into a bowl.
- Top with additional walnuts, shredded coconut, and coconut milk if desired. Drizzle with honey or maple syrup for added sweetness.
- If using frozen fruit, add additional 5 minutes to the cook time.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 554Total Fat: 31gSaturated Fat: 16gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 67mgCarbohydrates: 64gFiber: 12gSugar: 22gProtein: 12g
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