Looking for an easy lactation breakfast idea? Try our breastfeeding overnight oats recipe - with vegan protein and lots of galactagogues, this oatmeal will be your go-to recipe for keeping your morning easy and stress-free. Bonus? It's absolutely delicious and you'll make it all. the. time!
Adding oatmeal to your breastfeeding diet is a tried and true method many moms use to help their milk supply. Google "top foods for breastfeeding" and oatmeal will be on nearly every top-ten list you come across. Despite little scientific evidence, anecdotal evidence and testimonials definitely encourage moms who struggle with milk supply to try oatmeal. And it's easy to see why when we break down oatmeal's awesome list of breastfeeding-friendly nutrients:
- Oats are a good source of iron for breastfeeding moms. One half-cup of oats contains nearly 20% of the iron nursing and pumping moms need for their day. Iron can be important as human milk contains little iron - however babies are better able to absorb the iron in breastmilk versus formula due to the content of Vitamin C and lactose in breastmilk.
- While not high in protein, one half-cup serving does provide mamas with 2.5g of plant-based protein. And since breastfeeding moms need nearly 20g more per day than non-nursing and pumping moms, it's an easy way to boost that gram count and get your body more protein.
- Oatmeal can improve gut health for moms - one half-cup serving provides 5g of fiber and is comprised of mostly soluble fiber - leading to slower digestion and more fullness, helping you regulate your diet and helping to eliminate sugary cravings.
- On a gluten-free diet? Oats are readily available for most people with a gluten intolerance or allergy!
We created this recipe to really give breastfeeding moms the most bang for their buck in a breakfast or snack - other galactagogues include our Milk Drunk Vanilla protein powder (although you can use any flavor for this recipe!), chia seeds, peanut butter and almond milk. With over 14g of plant-based protein and under 350 calories, this recipe gives nursing and pumping moms SO much lactation nutrition in one little bowl.
Breastfeeding Overnight Oats with Peanut Butter
This will be your go-to breakfast, we promise! Try it with any flavor Milk Drunk, and we encourage topping with fruit before serving - our faves are bananas and blueberries, but give raspberries, raisins, cherries and mango a try, too!
1 tablespoon Milk Drunk Vanilla Protein Powder
1/2 cup dry oats (we like gluten-free)
3/4 tablespoon chia seeds
1 tablespoon salted peanut butter (or any nut/seed butter)
1 tablespoon maple syrup
2/3 cup unsweetened almond milk
Stir the dry ingredients together in a small bowl. Add the peanut butter, syrup, almond milk and vanilla to the dry ingredients and mix well until fully combined.
Cover and place in refrigerator for 4-6 hours, or overnight. When ready to eat, stir oats and top with fruit of choice.
Oats will keep approximately 3-4 days in fridge, make a few days' worth at a time to have an awesome breastfeeding snack on hand!
Try with unsweetened chocolate almond milk and a 1/8 teaspoon cacao for a chocolate-y version!
Calories 341, Protein 14.5 grams, Fiber 12 grams, Carbs 50 grams
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