How to make Overnight Oatmeal with Lactation Goodness

Posted March 30, 2015 by Julie in Food, Parenting, Tips and Resources, TopPosts / 40 Comments

Inside: Are you a breastfeeding mom? Make this super easy overnight oatmeal lactation breakfast. A healthy breastfeeding-friendly breakfast.

I’m sure we can all agree that breastfeeding needs to be easier – on all of us. From latching difficulty to maintaining supply, breastfeeding can be quite challenging.

But we need to fill our bag of tricks with all the tools and life hacks available to us, and a super healthy breakfast full of lactation-boosting ingredients is one such tool we need.

Read on to learn how to make this breakfast in advance, and enjoy it and all its benefits.

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I recently learned that you can make oatmeal overnight in the fridge. I’ve been struggling with making oatmeal in the morning – you know, the non-instant kind, to boost my breastmilk supply. I don’t have the time to stir it on the stove as I’m getting ready for work in the morning, and it just explodes to death when I try to cook it in the microwave.

Overnight oatmeal to the rescue! Rather than baking lactation cookies with all the calories, this is an alternative with similar powerful ingredients. I like to make it in a Mason jar and make more than one serving at a time.


Make this super easy overnight oatmeal lactation breakfast. A healthy breastfeeding-friendly breakfast.

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Overnight Oatmeal for Lactation – Ingredients (one serving):

  • 1/3 cup steel cut oats (not instant oats)
  • 1 tbsp flaxseed
  • 1 tbsp brewer’s yeast
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 cup milk (regular, almond, or coconut)
  • 1/4 cup Craisins

Overnight Oatmeal for Lactation – Directions:

Mix the oats, flaxseed, brewer’s yeast, and brown sugar thoroughly. Add the milk, stirring to ensure an even mixture (you don’t want the brewer’s yeast to clump). Add in the craisins. Place in a sealed container like a Mason jar overnight in the refrigerator. By morning, the oats will have softened and expanded with the milk and are ready to consume.

You can add other ingredients to give it more flavor, like cinnamon, vanilla, etc. Chop up some fruit and toss it in there as well. Mix it up and make it your own. I like to make several jars on Sunday to last me through the work week.

So if you’re a breastfeeding mom and lactation cookies have worked for you, there’s no reason why this shouldn’t. Also, let’s not forget that oatmeal and flaxseed have wonderful health benefits for us. So even if you’re not trying to maintain your breastmilk supply, this is a good option for a healthy breakfast (just maybe leave out the brewer’s yeast).


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40 responses to “How to make Overnight Oatmeal with Lactation Goodness

  1. Leslie

    You can use the instant kind if you want. I know most sites and books say it won’t work but I’ve used it with all three of my kids and it still makes a huge difference. I eat a quick bowl in the morning and one at night and it practically doubles my supply. If you’re using steel cut because it’s healthier than ignore my comment lol, but I just like to let people know they can actually use instant incase they’re afraid it won’t work.

    • I’ve never tried to freeze it, but I think if you make it overnight first so it soaks up all the liquid it should freeze ok. I always made a week’s supply in the fridge on the weekend and it was fine all week.

    • That’s probably a matter of preference. I use the milled flax because it mixes and blends in better and doesn’t change the texture of oatmeal.

  2. So for those of us no longer lactating, leave out the brewer’s yeast? or is that how it cooks? I’ve wanted to try overnight oats so my teen could heat it up in the morning for a quick breakfast. Thanks for sharing with Small Victories Sunday Linkup. Pinning to our linkup board and hope you found some great posts to visit this week!

    • Yea leave out the brewer’s yeast (because it doesn’t taste great). The other ingredients (and anything else you want to throw in) are still good regardless whether you’re breastfeeding or not. The oatmeal “cooks” by absorbing the milk overnight in the fridge. Thanks Tanya!

  3. Bea

    I love steel cut oats! But I usually cook them the night before since it takes so long. I am a bit confused about that part of the recipe… Do you not cook them at all? I saw in one of your comment responses below that you microwave them a little. Does that actually cook them through?

    • The microwaving is just to warm it up, cause cold oatmeal isn’t so good. But it “cooks” by absorbing the milk overnight in the fridge.

  4. I am so glad I found you threw the mondaymeetup! I am book marking this for the spring. I am due in May and this looks simple and yummy! Love overnight oats!

    • Thanks Brianne 🙂 Glad to virtually meet you 🙂 There’s no reason you can’t eat it now too! Oatmeal is great and healthy during pregnancy. You can just leave out the brewer’s yeast since it isn’t doing any favors to the flavor heh. I still make a variation of this and my son shares it with me in the morning. I even chop up some fruit and make 3 jars so it lasts all week (I can get two meals out of each mason jar).

  5. Emma

    What a great idea! How many servings have you made at a time and how long does it keep in the fridge? Would be great to make a week’s worth on Sunday night to help speed up my morning routine.

    • I make two full mason jars on Sunday night and it lasts me through the week. I usually get 2 to 2 and a half servings from a mason jar. Lately though my 10 month old has been sharing my morning oatmeal with me, so I might need to start making 3 mason jars hehe:) Thanks Emma!

  6. Yum! I’ve never actually made overnight oats, not sure why. When I make oatmeal I just bring the dry stuff to work with me and then add hot water from the water cooler and let it sit covered which usually does the trick. I like this idea though because it seems like it would definitely make a creamier oatmeal. Do you find that the oatmeal helps with your milk supply?

    • It does make the oatmeal creamy, cause coconut milk is yum! I don’t know if it actually helps with my supply, since I’ve been having issues from the start, but it does help me be mindful of eating healthy and drinking water if I’m already in the habit of making the oatmeal, so that helps at least maintain the little supply I have.

  7. I never thought to do this. I ate oatmeal many mornings to help with my supply and I made lactation cookies. Adding the yeast would have been helpful!

    • Oatmeal (not the instant kind), flax seed, and brewer’s yeast are all boosters 🙂 Brewer’s yeast is supposed to have the biggest effect though, but in the powder form it is quite yucky so people prefer to make the cookies with it.

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