Oatmeal is a great for breastfeeding moms and may also help with lactation. It’s also one of my favorite recipes to make ahead and bring to new moms. I recently added this recipe for butterscotch lactation cookies and now I’m adding this wonderful lactation oatmeal recipe. I’m not currently pregnant or nursing but five of my friends are currently pregnant and my best friend just had her third baby! It feels like everyone is pregnant, haha! I wanted to make my BFF some lactation friendly food since I’m dropping off some meals for her. She is a mom of three with three bonus step daughters that she also has part time. She has her hands full to say the least so I’ve been bringing meals as I can. I wonder how she does it! I only have two and I’m on the struggle bus most days.
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If you haven’t had baked oatmeal before, you’re really missing out. Baked oatmeal is the best way to eat oatmeal, in my opinion. I love blueberries in this recipe but you can also use strawberries or blackberries if that’s what you have on hand. This baked oatmeal is amazing with honey drizzled over the top (even though this recipe is for the mommas I want to remind everyone no honey for little ones until they are 12 months of age).
I used this recipe when I was pumping for my oldest child who had a NICU stay. This is a great recipe for moms who are pumping. Breastfeeding and pumping can you make you super hungry and this oatmeal is packed with nutrients and calories. As you may already know making milk takes calories and tons of water. This oatmeal is the perfect breakfast for when breastfeeding has your appetite ramped up. Two other things that also helped me with my breastfeeding and pumping journey were the Haakaa manual breast pump and Mother’s Milk tea.
What ingredients are needed for this recipe?
I want to talk about the ingredients in this recipe. There is a lot of good stuff that may help promote breast milk production. This recipe can also be made dairy free if you are making this for a mom who is nursing a dairy intolerant baby.
- Quick cooking oats: The star of this recipe as they are one of the most recommended foods for encouraging milk production. You can also use rolled oats for this baked oatmeal if that’s what you have on hand.
- Brewer’s yeast: Brewer’s yeast is considered a galactagogue which means it is a good that encourage breast milk production. Need to grab some brewer’s yeast? I always use Solgar Brewer’s yeast from Amazon.
- Ground flax: According to this article, flaxseed contains phytoestrogens which can influence breast milk production. Flaxseed also contains essential fatty acids which are great boost in nutrients for moms.
- Brown sugar
- Milk: For this recipe, you can use regular milk or substitute soy, almond, or coconut milk.
- Baking powder
- Baking soda
- Salt: Just a little bit is needed for this recipe.
- Vanilla extract: I always recommend pure vanilla extract for baking.
- Fresh blueberries: You can also use strawberries or blackberries for this baked oatmeal.
- Honey: A little honey drizzled on top is amazing! Just remember that the honey is for moms only since babies cannot have honey until 12 months or older.
What kind of dish do I need to make this recipe?
For this recipe you will need a two quart (8 inch) casserole dish.
Can I prep this recipe the night before?
Yes, you can prep this recipe is the night before. You can mix it and leave it in your fridge overnight to bake the next morning.
Lactation Oatmeal Recipe
- 8 x 8 (2 quart) casserole dish
- 2 cups quick cooking oats
- 2 tbsp brewer's yeast
- 2 tbsp ground flax
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- 1 ½ cups cups milk (coconut, almond, or soy all work fine as well)
- 2 medium eggs beaten
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 ½ cups fresh blueberries may also use strawberries or blackberries, if desired
- honey for serving
- Begin by preheating your oven to 350 degrees and spray a 8 x 8 pan with non-stick spray.
- In a large mixing bowl combine all the dry ingredients and stir well.
- Next, add in the wet ingredients.
- Mix well and then carefully stir in the blueberries.
- Spread into the 8 x 8 pan.
- Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until done.
- Serve with honey or extra milk, if desired.
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