I'll get straight to the point: you've probably seen hundreds, if not thousands, of lactation oatmeal recipes on the Internet, so why is this one any different?
Well, first off, I'm a certified postnatal nutritionist with an emphasis in lactation, so lactation recipes are my bread and butter.
Second, I spent months developing all kinds of lactation recipes after I had my first baby and ended up with 50 incredible recipes (in my cookbook!) and an additional 50 oatmeal recipes on top of that! So I've done my research and development. (I'm also an exclusive breastfeeding mama!)
Third, this recipe is by far the simplest, easiest, and most customizable of any recipe you've seen. In my book, that's a win-win-win!
So if you're looking for a scrumptious oatmeal recipe that will improve your breastmilk supply and satisfy your ravenous hunger, you're in the right place!
The most important thing I've learned from both personal experience, scientific evidence, and professional expertise is that breastfeeding and lactation nutrition isn't just about supply and demand, and it's also not just about eating the same three lactogenic foods (galactagogues) every day, either.
What it all boils down to is mom's health. Is mom's body being nourished properly so she can not only make milk for baby but also make milk without being chronically exhausted and increasing her risk of long term health issues?
That's why this lactation oatmeal - and all of my lactation recipes - is better than every other recipe. It's not just a bowl of oats with a handful of brewer's yeast in it. It's oatmeal packed with all the nutrients and health benefits mom needs to thrive AND boost her breast milk production like:
Additionally, this oatmeal is hot oatmeal, and for a good reason. In those first early weeks (0-8 weeks postpartum), your gut needs a lot of TLC. Birth is traumatic on the body (in a medical sense) and so your body remains in "flight or fight" mode for an extended period of time.
Because of this, your body is not prioritizing digesting and absorbing nutrients like it should. That's why I recommend focusing on mostly warm and hot foods while you initially recover; they're much easier to digest and absorb, which means your gut doesn't have to use as much energy to do it's job and it can truly heal like it needs to.
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The reason this is such a great recipe is because unlike every other lactation oatmeal recipe you find on the internet, you only need five main ingredients (all common ingredients you'd find at every grocery store) for the basic recipe and then you can customize the flavor with whatever toppings and mix-ins you like.
I also purposely wrote this recipe without niche ingredients like brewers yeast and to be naturally gluten free and dairy free so most mamas could enjoy it without changing a lot of the recipe.
This recipe is so simple: there's only three dry ingredients and two wet ingredients, and the oats take less than five minutes to cook.
Stir the oats, chia seeds, egg whites, and almond milk together in a deep cereal bowl (or large bowl) until well combined.
Microwave for two minutes, stir, then microwave another 60 seconds. If you have a high powered microwave, be sure to watch the oats during the last 60 seconds to keep them from spilling over.
Stir your protein powder of choice until completely dissolved.
If you're adding mix-ins, stir those in now! (See below for fun flavor combinations.) Some of my favorite mix-ins are:
Sure! Just omit 1/2 cup of milk and store in a mason jar or airtight container overnight. Add any fresh fruit or nut butters just before serving.
I only recommend using this recipe as a make-ahead breakfast recipe if you turn it into overnight oats (explained above) or baked oatmeal. The microwave changes the texture of the oats, so it won't taste good after chilling it in the fridge and trying to reheat the next day.
Strawberries and Cream: use vanilla or strawberry protein powder, swap the almond milk for coconut milk (optional), and mix in finely diced strawberries. Serve with whipped cream on top!
Chunky Monkey: use vanilla protein powder and mix in chopped walnuts and mini chocolate chips with sliced banana on top.
Chocolate Raspberry: use chocolate protein powder, mix in mini chocolate chips, and top with fresh raspberries.
Apple Pie: use vanilla protein powder and mix in diced apples, cinnamon, and nutmeg with a drizzle of almond butter on top.
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip: use peanut butter or vanilla protein powder and mix in mini chocolate chips with a drizzle 1 tablespoon all natural creamy peanut butter on top. You can also melt some additional dark chocolate chips with a touch of coconut oil and drizzle that on top too!
Any recipe from my Lactation Cookbook!
I hope you love this easy lactation oatmeal recipe! It's made with healthy foods in less than 10 minutes and it's a great option for every breastfeeding mom!
Be sure to leave a star rating and review below if you try the recipe so other readers know how you liked it! This also helps more moms discover my recipes.
This is my favorite nutritious breakfast that helps new moms boost milk supply! The base recipe is ready in just 5 minutes, naturally gluten free, and there's 5 flavors to try, so it's a great easy and healthy option for breastfeeding mamas!
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