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Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Dairy-free Mexican Avena for breastfeeding mama's

After the delivery of my first baby girl I remember my mom showing up with this pitcher. She said "you need to drink all of this so your milk comes in". When your Mexican mama tells you to do something like this, you just trust the process without question. 

It's sort of how she would wrap me in a white sheet and pour rubbing alcohol all over me when I was sick. That's for another day but we have some funny traditions that actually did feel good at the time. 



There is something to be said about cultures having their own traditions and practices that they pass onto each other. Whether or not this truly does increase your milk supply or "brings in the milk" is up for debate but that's only because part of your subject study is an infant who is being breastfed. That's hard to collect data on when the milk goes straight from mom to baby. (Unless of course you are pumping.) 

I really do believe this helps increase my milk supply for several reasons but I also plan to make this same drink for my girls because it's a sweet tradition I will pass on to my kids. My mom shared with me that her moms, mom would make this same drink. I just think that is so cool to think of many generations sharing this recipe. 

I did share that I would be working on this recipe and got several personal testimonies from other mamas who also swear by this drink as well so there's that.

The only difference between her recipe and mine is that there is a healthy twist to mine. It's also dairy-free, which is my favorite part about it since I don't do well with dairy. 

I have asked my mom to make this for me after each baby and now with my third baby girl here I am just making it myself at home because I finally sat down and got the recipe from her. I hope you try it out and I hope it increases your milk supply because nothing is more exciting (well in my opinion) than an abundant supply of breastmilk.

why I think this works
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+ oatmeal is high in iron, low iron can reduce milk production

+ there is a good balance of healthy complex carbs and protein

+ it's hydrating and a more hydrated mama increases your milk supply

+ happy mama = happy breastmilk. If you enjoy oatmeal or a nice hot drink like myself it feels good to drink a nice warm beverage. It puts you in a less stressed state and when you aren't stressed out your output for breastmilk production is higher

+ cinnamon lowers blood sugar, loaded with antioxidants and acts as an antimicrobial


Dairy-free Mexican Avena
for breastfeeding mama's
"oatmeal drink"


Ingredients

  • 1 cup oatmeal
  • 5 cups almond milk
  • 1/4-1/2 honey
  • 2 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1.5 tbsp cinnamon
Recipe

Combine all ingredients together in a pot over low heat. The key is to continue stirring so that the oatmeal does not stick to the pot. You want your drink mixture to become very thick. Almost like a syrup.

Once thick, mash the oatmeal so it separates.

You can then drain the oatmeal or keep the oatmeal in the drink. I prefer to keep the chunks. 


Enjoy and happy breastfeeding!

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