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The Best Lactation Smoothie For Breastfeeding Moms

Breastfeeding can be both a rewarding and challenging journey. 

 

Embracing lactation and breastfeeding not only nourishes your baby with essential nutrients, vitamins, and antibodies, but it also creates a deep bond between you and your little one. This bond, combined with the numerous health benefits for both you and your baby, can make lactation a beautiful part of motherhood. 

 

 

However, we know that breastfeeding can come with its own set of difficulties. Three of the biggest struggles we often hear from breastfeeding moms are lack of milk supply, energy, and time to eat.

One of our best tips for breastfeeding - stay hydrated and well nourished! Drinking plenty of fluids and consuming nutrient-rich meals helps maintain a healthy milk supply, ensures your body has the energy it needs, and supports your overall well-being during this beautiful journey. 

That's why we're super excited to share with you our Oatmeal & Banana Protein Lactation Smoothie recipe! Not only is it quick and easy to prepare, but it's also delicious and packed with nutrients to help boost your milk supply and keep your energy levels up. Say goodbye to those breastfeeding struggles and hello to a happier, healthier you!

Oatmeal & Banana Protein Lactation Smoothie Recipe

 Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of almond milk (or any other milk of your choice)

  • 1 ripe banana

  • 1/2 cup of rolled oats

  • 1 tablespoon of ground flaxseed

  • 1 tablespoon of chia seeds

  • 1 tablespoon of almond butter (or any other nut butter of your choice)

  • 1 scoop of your favorite protein powder (preferably vanilla or unflavored)

  • 1 teaspoon of honey (or any other sweetener of your choice)

  • 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon

Instructions:

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. If the consistency is too thick, add more milk or water to achieve your desired thickness.

  2. Pour the smoothie into a glass and enjoy! You can also refrigerate it for later if you're pressed for time.

    Increase Your Milk Supply

    This Oatmeal & Banana Protein Lactation Smoothie is designed to help increase your milk supply with nutrient-dense ingredients like oats, flaxseed, and chia seeds. These ingredients are rich in vitamins and minerals that support lactation and help your body produce more breast milk.

     Each ingredient is selected for your increased lactation:

    • Oats - This nutrition-packed food is great for all moms because it’s loaded with iron, fiber, magnesium, and zinc. According to Donna Murray, RN, BSN not only are oats good for your heart and are a nutritious way to satisfy hunger, they may also help with lacation. "Saponins are a substance that may have a positive effect on the hormones related to breast milk production."

    • Flaxseed -  Flaxseed oil contains alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), which is partially converted into omega-3-fatty acids, According to NIH -National Library of Medicine, “Flaxseed oil increases the ALA content of breastmilk”

    • Chia seeds -  To produce more breast milk, the body needs an extra 450–500 calories each day. An ounce of chia seeds contributes 138 calories and contains fiber and protein that may aid digestion and satiety

    Increased Energy and Stamina

    With natural energy boosters like banana, almond butter, and protein powder, this smoothie will provide you with a quick pick-me-up. The combination of complex carbohydrates, healthy fats, and protein will help keep your energy levels stable throughout the day.

    These ingredients are proven to boost your energy and healthy:

    • Banana -  For busy moms, bananas are an excellent way to boost energy and quickly consume nutrients to support mom and baby. In addition to nutritional benefits, Swati Patwal, M.Sc. (Food & Nutrition), MBA, shares there is growing evidence that eating bananas can even boost your mood through increasing serotonin.

    • Almond butter - According to Dr. Pallavi Srivastava, Almond butter is a flavorful type of butter that contains many nutrients. It has a high energy profile and a significant fiber content, so it can keep you feeling full for hours.

    • Protein powder - Protein powders are nutritional supplements that may help build muscle, repair tissue, and make enzymes and hormones. And it turns out, we need more protein than we might think. According to new research by the National Institute of Health, breastfeeding women require more protein than the average person, generally 1.5-1.9 g per kg. For example, if you are 70 kg, you should be consuming 105 - 130 grams of protein a day for optimal health. 

    Find Time to Eat

    As busy moms, we know how hard it can be to find the time to sit down and eat a proper meal. This lactation smoothie takes just minutes to prepare and is perfect for on-the-go nourishment, making it an ideal solution for those moments when your juggling a baby on your hip while prepping a snack. It's also a perfect way your partner can prep something for you, so all you have to do is grab it out of the fridge during the day. 

    By incorporating this Oatmeal & Banana Protein Lactation Smoothie into your daily routine, you'll be taking doing something simple to take care of you. You'll enjoy the benefits of an increased milk supply, more energy, and a quick, nutritious meal option that fits into your busy schedule.

    Breastfeeding is an amazing journey, and we at Femique are committed to supporting you every step of the way. With our comfortable, stylish nursing wear and this delicious Oatmeal & Banana Protein Lactation Smoothie, we hope to help make breastfeeding a more enjoyable and empowering experience for you. 

    Cheers to you and your little one, and happy breastfeeding!

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