Each morning I have a big bowl of oatmeal. What I add to my oatmeal depends on the day and what I’m feeling like having, as well as on the season. For example, in the oatmeal bowl pictured above I added puréed pumpkin and pumpkin seeds for the fall season. It’s my current favorite!
In the summer, I add a lot of fresh berries to my oatmeal bowl such as blueberries, raspberries, or blackberries. I have also added some toasted coconut to my oatmeal bowl before. Yum!
I love oatmeal bowls because they’re healthy, keep me full, and are versatile! You can really add whatever you’d like! The combinations and options are plentiful, therefore, I don’t get bored with it. I actually look forward to breakfast every morning.
Once I had my daughter and began breastfeeding, my love for oatmeal grew because it helps with milk supply. I also added other certain ingredients to increase my milk supply. Those ingredients were ground flax seed meal, brewers yeast, and cinnamon.
Oatmeal: oatmeal is a good source of iron. Sometimes mommas are anemic or have low iron levels which can result in a decreased milk supply, so it makes sense that eating something high in iron might increase milk supply in some women. Oatmeal is also full of fiber which provides energy and helps keep you full longer! You don’t want to use instant oats or quick oats because they are more processed. I use old fashioned oats or steel cut oats, depending on what I have in my pantry at the time.
Ground flax seed meal: flax seed has phytoestrogens which can influence breast milk production. It also contains essential fatty acids.
Brewers yeast: brewers yeast is a supplement that supports lactation and helps moms make more breast milk. The protein, iron, and B vitamins in brewers yeast may help to fight off fatigue and the baby blues which is an added bonus!
Cinnamon: cinnamon helps to increase the flow of mothers milk
Recipe for the oatmeal bowl pictured above:
- 1/2 cup of oatmeal
- 1 cup water
^ microwave for 2 1/2 minutes and then add:
- Teaspoon of honey (add less or add more, depending on sweetness preference)
- Teaspoon of brewers yeast (has a strong taste)
- Sprinkled cinnamon
- Sprinkled ground flax seed meal
- A few tablespoons of pumpkin purée
- A handful of pumpkin seeds