My breastfeeding breakfast boost. Oatmeal amplified.

Sunday, 07 February 2021

There are a few habits that I began during my twin pregnancy that have stuck with me. My protein-packed-oatmeal game is one of them. 

 

I’ve always loved oatmeal and knew of its many health benefits, from being a great source of fiber, to its antiinflammatory properties. Oats also provide nourishment to breastfeeding moms. It’s a go-to breakfast at the top of the list for supporting healthy lactation. 

 

Plus, comfort food.

 

What pregnant or breastfeeding mama doesn’t want a warm, cozy bowl of packed-with-goodness oatmeal?

 

When learning about how best to support my twin pregnancy, protein was strongly emphasized. So, I started to incorporate more nuts and seeds into my diet. I added them to as many meals and snacks that I could. This carried me into my breastfeeding journey, when my body was working on overdrive to make all the milk for two babies. Protein and healthy fats sustained me during the 24/7 milk production.

 

As my hands were always full, I had to simplify meals. I always tried to make extra for leftovers. When making oatmeal, I began cooking up a large pot, 3-4 servings so that I could quickly reheat it later in the week.

 

And now…. The toppings!

Here’s what I add to amp up the protein and why:

  • Hemp Seeds - protein and healthy fats
  • Ground flaxseed meal - fiber and omega-3 fatty acids
  • Chia Seeds - all the things! antioxidants, fiber, protein, omega-3’s 
  • Nut butter - more protein and I love the consistency it adds to the oatmeal
  • Coconut milk (whole fat) or your fav dairy or non-dairy milk
    • Healthy fat to satisfy hunger
  • Pure Maple Syrup - unrefined sweetener, antioxidants

 

Other galactagogue add-ins for breastfeeding mamas. 

  • Sesame seeds
  • Raw Brazil nuts, cashews, walnuts or macadamia nuts

So many delicious reasons to incorporate more of these foods in your diet. Even if you’re not pregnant or breastfeeding, you can enjoy these nutrient packed toppings for your oatmeal. I’d love to hear what deliciousness you’d add!

 

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