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There are certain perks to being a new mom, especially a
breastfeeding mom: A generous 500 calorie a day allowance to help you make lots
of fresh milk for your baby is one of them!
Lactation smoothies are a
great and virtually guilt-free way to boost your milk supply, not to mention an
awesome and delicious meal replacement for those days when real meals just
aren't going to happen.
The key is to load them up with galactogenic, milk-boosting ingredients!
Oats, almond milk, brewer's yeast and flax are well known, but pumpkin and
ginger are also used by other cultures to boost milk supply, and cinnamon helps
prevent blood-sugar crashes that can decrease your milk.
I came up with this recipe for a pumpkin pie lactation smoothie
back in November, after buying about three times as many cans of pumpkin as I
needed for my Thanksgiving pies. I was so sleep deprived that I couldn't make a
simple calculation, and I am so grateful it happened. It's July now and I still
have this smoothie at least once a week.
1/3 cup quick oats 1/3 cup canned pumpkin, unsweetened 1 banana, preferably cut and frozen the night before 1 cup sugar-free vanilla almond milk (if using sweetened, skip sweetener) 1-2 tablespoons of honey or maple syrup 1 tablespoon brewer's yeast 1 tablespoon ground flax seeds 1 teaspoon pumpkin spice powder
1. If possible, combine the oats, pumpkin and almond milk and
refrigerate them overnight. Sprouted oats are easier to digest, and will also
give the drink a smoother texture.
2. Combine all of the ingredients in a blender and mix at high
speeds for one minute or until completely smooth.