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.
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 make-ahead breakfast 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. Then just heat up in the microwave and enjoy.
Overnight Oatmeal for Lactation
Ingredients (one serving):
These are approximate. Please play around with the ratios to see what you like best. Add more milk if the ingredients do not absorb.
- 1/3 cup old-fashioned oats or steel-cut (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 (or any fruit you like)
Mix the oats, flaxseed, brewer’s yeast, and brown sugar thoroughly in the milk, stirring to ensure an even mixture (you don’t want the brewer’s yeast to clump). Add in the Craisins or other fruit. 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 heat up and 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).
Do you make overnight oats? Share some ways you’ve made it.
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