Inside: Are you a breastfeeding mom? Make this super easy overnight oatmeal lactation breakfast. Read on for the lactation oatmeal recipe, a healthy breastfeeding-friendly breakfast.
Post originally written in 2015; updated in 2020.
We need to fill our bag of tricks with all the tools and life hacks available to us, and having a super healthy breakfast full of lactation-boosting ingredients is one such tool we need. Did you know you can eat oatmeal to increase milk production? That’s right, oatmeal is wonderful for breastfeeding!
Want to know how to make lactation overnight oats? Read on to learn how to make this lactation oatmeal breakfast in advance, and enjoy it and all its benefits.
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Overnight Oatmeal for Lactation Recipe
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.
Lactation Oatmeal Recipe
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 (not instant oats)
- 1 tbsp flaxseed
- 1 tbsp brewer’s yeast powder
- 1/2-1 tbsp brown sugar (or sweetener of choice)
- 1 cup milk (regular, almond, or coconut)
- 1/4 cup Craisins (or any fruit you like)
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How do you make overnight oatmeal? Directions:
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.
You can also add Greek yogurt for a creamier taste.
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.
Are overnight oats eaten cold? No, I heat them up in the microwave in the morning.
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 workweek because you know how busy mom life gets and remembering to make it every evening is not in my wheelhouse.
Are overnight oats good for you?
Yes! Overnight oats are very good for you. Oatmeal and flaxseed have wonderful health benefits for us. Non-instant oatmeal is very healthy, and when you add the other great ingredients, like flaxseed, you’re adding to the power of this breakfast.
If you’re wondering are overnight oats keto? Sorry, overnight oats are not low carb. Oatmeal itself is a carb, but a healthy carb.
So if you’re a breastfeeding mom and lactation cookies have worked for you, there’s no reason why this shouldn’t (the core ingredients are similar, after all). 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, since we know that flavor is not ideal).
Do you make overnight oats? Share some ways you’ve made it.
If you liked this post, you may want to check out my Power Foods Boobie Smoothie post as well!
First-time moms: read my post about the 5 things you should know to prepare for breastfeeding.
Related: If you’re struggling to breastfeed you may want to seek advice from a lactation specialist.
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