Increasing milk production with oatmeal – does it work?

There is much heated debate about whether oatmeal can really help when increasing milk production in lactating mothers. There is no scientific evidence to support it but many women swear by it as a way to boost supply.

Some lactation experts even recommend eating oatmeal for increasing milk production — so what’s the truth? Find out how eating oatmeal can help.

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Increasing milk production – good sources of iron

Lactating mothers need to keep an adequate blood supply to the breast so giving your iron intake a boost can help to maintain that healthy blood flow. Oatmeal is a great source of iron.

In general, iron helps in the formation of hemoglobin,  the red portion of the blood that is responsible for oxygen transport to cells. Inadequate blood supply to the breast may be associated with a weak letdown reflex or insufficient milk production.

Perk up with comfort food

Find out a recipe for delicious oatmeal cookies on the next page…