Oats is a meal of nourishing goodness, bursting with lots of fibers. If you want to go on a diet or lower your cholesterol level oats is your go to meal. However, did you know you could also use it to increase your milk supply?
There is no scientific evidence regarding how oatmeal really increases milk supply. It, however, seems to work for some women. It is also recommended by lactation consultants to help in increasing milk supply.
Oats contain a high concentration of saponins, it is an immune stimulating compound which may help increase levels of prolactin. Prolactin is a very important hormone for milk production in breastfeeding mothers. Oats are also packed with proteins, vitamins, and minerals such as iron which makes it a healthy choice for breastfeeding mothers.
Low level of irons in the body (anemia) of the breastfeeding mother can decrease milk supply, oats have lots of iron in it. So it would make a lot of sense to eat oats to increase the iron levels and in turn, increase the milk supply.
One bowl of hot oatmeal every day would do the trick. You can also try foods which contain oats like oat cookies, works for some women and doesn’t for some, but you have to try first and see it works for you.
Its a win- win for all, mummy gets to be healthy and baby gets all the milk they want and needs to grow.
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