Monday, January 15, 2018

There's A Ben & Jerry's Flavor That Can Help Milk Production For Nursing Moms!

Nursing moms have always been great at finding ways to both increase their milk supply and make that milk more nutritious for their infants, and one of the foods most touted for helping are good ol' fashioned oats. Loaded with protein, vitamins, and minerals, oats are a healthy staple of any diet, but they are also especially good for new moms because they have a high concentration of saponins. Saponins are a compound known to stimulate the immune system and help increase the body's levels of prolactin, which is a vital hormone in milk production. 

Besides just oatmeal, the most popular way for moms to get oats in their diet these days is with lactation cookies. There are store-bought options, but a quick search online will net countless homemade recipes.

Many of these recipes include other ingredients thought to help with milk production, like flaxseed meal, Brewer's yeast, and fenugreek. 

So when Ben & Jerry's announced their new flavors for 2017, the breastfeeding community took notice of one in particular: Oat of This Swirled.

The flavor alone is enough to make me drool. Brown sugar ice cream, fudge flakes, and cinnamon oatmeal cookie swirls? Om nom. But what was specifically of interest was that the mix contains actual oats. Jackpot!

The oats turn the ice cream into what's called a "galactagogue," which is a food thought to increase milk supply and add nutritional benefits.

It's recommended that nursing moms include these foods as much as they can into their well-rounded diet to keep their milk supply healthy.

As with all good things, moderation is important. Replacing breakfast with a pint of ice cream, while decadent, isn't great for the waistline and won't include all the other nutrients a growing baby needs. 

But doesn't it feel good to know that there is at least one flavor of ice cream you can enjoy that will benefit Baby as well? So skip the Half-Baked and reach for the Oat of This Swirled instead!

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