Now that I’m a 24-hour milk buffet (in addition to a whole slew of other things), keeping my milk supply up for CJ has been on my mind. So, I drink my water, take my prenatals, and make sure I eat plenty – and trust me, I’m eating plenty.
Breastfeeding is the best thing to happen to this food-lover. Srsly.
But I digress.
I’ve been trying to include at least one or two lactogenic foods in my diet every day, and one of my go-to’s is definitely oatmeal! How simple and delicious is oatmeal in the morning? I especially love how quick it is to whip up and get back to nursing the WeeShebeast, as she’s still on an all-day, round-the-clock, mommy-never-gets-a-break schedule (perhaps I exaggerate a little?).
In an effort to change up my diet even just a smidge, I pulled together these tasty oatmeal pancakes.
Oatmeal and brewer’s yeast are the stars in this recipe – they’re well-known galactagogues that can help improve your supply of breastmilk. Make sure not to substitute those two ingredients. You can also add ½ tsp of milled flax seed for additional good fats and milk help, as those are lactogenic as well!
These pancakes are really easy to doll up, too. Add your favorite spices, berries, or chocolate chips to the mix, then serve with sliced fruit, whipped cream, or syrup.
Single-Serving Oatmeal Lactation Pancakes
- ¼ cup quick-cooking oatmeal
- 1 large egg or 2 egg whites
- 1 tsp brewer’s yeast
- ½ of a ripe banana, mashed
- ¼ tsp baking powder
- 1 Tbsp water, milk, or juice
Mash up your banana (or microwave it to make quick work of it) in a bowl. Add the rest of your ingredients, including any mix-ins. Pour into the center of a hot pan and cook on medium heat until cooked through, about 3-4 minutes per side.
Yield: 1 pancake
Download the recipe for Single-Serving Oatmeal Lactation Pancakes (PDF)
It’s seriously simple to change these up every day. Some of my favorites are:
Apple Cinnamon Variation: Add 1 Tbsp apple juice, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1 Tbsp brown sugar, and chopped dried apples to the mix before cooking.
Vanilla Variation: Add 1 tsp vanilla extract to mix before cooking.
Blueberry Variation: Add a handful of fresh or frozen blueberries to mix before cooking.
Choconut Variation: Add a tablespoon of shredded, dried coconut and a few chocolate chips to mix before cooking.
The possibilities with these are endless! Add any fruits or mix-ins that you like and make it your own.