Well, it finally happened! Say hello to Finnegan Charles:
He was born on July 11th (I can't believe he's 6 weeks old already...) at 1:15AM, wide-eyed and interested in what this big world has to offer him. Apart from the lack of sleep, we are in love with our little man and so glad he's here.
I'd rather not share my birth story here. Maybe that will change in the future, but for now I'd like to keep it off the internet.
One thing about bringing Finn into this world that I will share, however, is the fact that I struggled hard with breastfeeding during the first week. My milk didn't come in as quickly as the baby would have liked, so we were forced to supplement with donor breast milk (bless those women who donated!) through a tube and syringe. I was also pumping like a mad-woman, making sure our little one got what he needed.
Everything is going much more smoothly now, and he's gaining weight and feeding like a champ, but those first days with him were a real challenge.
And then I learned about the Nursing Mama's Breakfast!
We met with the most wonderful lactation consultant, Jessica, who visited us at home twice to make sure Finn was progressing and feeding properly. But my favorite thing she passed along to me was a list of recipes with ingredients thought to promote lactation. I can eat my way to better breastfeeding? Awesome!
The three magic ingredients are:
- Oats - Full of fiber, protein, and iron! Not to mention the calories they provide - crucial for allowing your body to do its (very hard and tiring) work!
- Flax - The omega-3 content is what counts here. It passes through the breastmilk to your baby, nourishing their growing brains and bodies, as well as supporting yours.
- Brewer's Yeast (aka nutritional yeast) - this is NOT the same thing as the yeast you use for baking. Instead, brewer's yeast is rich in B vitamins and a whole host of essential minerals, especially iron. All things a new mama needs for energy and lactation support. Or you could just drink a beer - no don't.
Of course, you could very easily enjoy this breakfast whether you're a nursing mama or not! It's healthy and a wonderful on-the-go breakfast or snack - making all of our lives a little easier :)
Baked Oatmeal for Nursing Mamas
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 45 mins
Keywords: bake breakfast snack gluten-free nut-free soy-free vegetarian wheat free
Ingredients (16 servings)
- 6 cups rolled oats (can be gluten-free if required)
- 1 cup coconut sugar
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 2 tsp sea salt
- 4 eggs, beaten
- 2 cups almond milk
- 1 cup coconut oil, melted
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1⁄2 tsp nutmeg
- 4 Tbs flax meal
- 2 Tbs Brewers yeast
Preheat the oven to 400F. Grease a 9x13 pan with coconut oil.
Mix all ingredients together and bake for 45 minutes, or until the top is golden brown.
Keeps well for a week in an airtight container. A perfect quick breakfast or snack to munch on while you're taking care of your little one!