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Pumpkin Pie Lactation Smoothie

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.

RELATED: 10 Delicious Milk-Boosting Recipes for the Breastfeeding Mom

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.

Ingredients

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

Directions

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.

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