Early in my breastfeeding journey I was determined to do all I could to maintain my supply. I kept reading about oatmeal and how it may increase your milk supply so I figured it wouldn’t hurt to give it a shot.
I also came across this interesting tidbit: Due to its high protein content, oatmeal has been known to thicken hair. If I had known that around 3 months post partum I would have eaten oatmeal for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Is there any science behind this idea? No, but there are some theories on why some women experience an increase in supply after eating oatmeal.
- It’s carb and calorie dense. While breastfeeding you need to eat additional calories (on average 500 a day) to make up for the calories you are burning by feeding your little one. If you start to lose more calories than you are taking in you could start to jeopardize your supply.
- The iron content of oatmeal is high. Anemia, or low iron levels, can lead to a decreased supply.
- It makes you happy to eat something so delicious. When you are happy you release oxytocin which stimulates your production and relaxes you, allowing your letdown to flow quicker.
It’s definitely worth a try if you are looking for a healthy, dairy-free breakfast. This is my go-to recipe.
You can also adapt this recipe for overnight oats by placing all the dry ingredients, layered, in a mason jar then pouring enough milk in to cover the layers. Place in the fridge and the oatmeal will be ready to eat in the morning.