Steel Cut Oats For Lactating Mamas

Postpartum traditions around the world favor food that is soft, soupy, warm, moist, creamy, and fairly mild--with a touch of sweet here and there--for the initial period after birth. Since your digestion is considered to be a little slower and weaker than normal, it's best to eat gently before going back to your regular diet. 

Eating a bowl of oats every morning is a frequently heard recommendation for increasing milk supply when breastfeeding. Due to its high content of iron (half a cup of dry oats has close to 2 mg of iron, or around 20 percent of what breastfeeding moms need per day) it is recommended by a number of lactation specialists. Not to mention it's delicious and I look forward to it every morning! 

INGREDIENTS (serves 2)

  • 1 Cup of John McCann Steel Cut Classic Oatmeal
  • 4 cups of water
  • Pinch of Himalayan salt
  • 4 dates
  • 1 tsp of chia seeds
  • Fresh and dried fruit of choice


  • Bring water to rolling boil. 
  • Add oats, stir until it thickens and reduce the heat down to a simmer. 
  • Cook for 30 min. Stir occasionally. 
  • Mix in the chia seeds and dates. Serve warm. 
  • Top with your choice of dried and fresh fruit. 
  • Enjoy!
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