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Old 08-17-2011, 12:06 PM   #1
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How much oatmeal do I need to eat??

I'm pumping to help feed my sisters baby right now so I'm trying to increase my milk supply. I tried fenugreek and mothers milk tea but I can't continue with them...Mostly because I can't afford to keep buying them and my sister won't pay for it. So I decided I had to eat breakfast anyway so I might as well make it oatmeal to help my supply. The problem is that I HATE oatmeal, so I'm forcing myself to eat it. I want' to make sure I'm getting enough to help tho or it's pointless. Today I made 3/4 cup but I was only able to eat about half of it. So about how much a day do I need?

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Old 08-17-2011, 12:18 PM   #2
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Re: How much oatmeal do I need to eat??

I'm not sure how much it takes to boost the milk supply... but I've been eating one or two bowls a day for about a year and it seems to help. Here are some things I put in oatmeal to make it more palatable (not all at once!! )

Half and half
Brown sugar
Honey
Craisins
Raisins
Nuts
Sunflower seeds
Coconut
Cinnamon
Allspice
Nutmeg
Fresh fruit
Cooked apples

Hope you find a way to make it easier to eat! I wonder if granola would have the same benefits... or oatmeal cookies... or oatmeal pancakes... I need to research this.

I'm also a little curious why your sister won't help you buy the supplements.
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Old 08-17-2011, 12:20 PM   #3
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I do blueberries and pecans in mine and it tastes like cobbler :0)
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Re: How much oatmeal do I need to eat??

google lactation cookies

As a side note, personallyl, I never saw a supply increase from oats. Others have, so it's worth a shot! But that's my own experience.
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Old 08-17-2011, 01:16 PM   #5
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Fennel has always worked painful wonders for me. It's cheap, and in my experience, extremely effective!

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Old 08-17-2011, 03:03 PM   #6
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Re: How much oatmeal do I need to eat??

Thanks for the suggestions I'll try some of the add ins to see if it helps and I'll be trying the lactation cookies

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I'm also a little curious why your sister won't help you buy the supplements.
Me too! If I was doing it for just my sister I would stop because of the way she is sometimes about it. But its not for her it's for my niece so I'll continue to do it for as long as I can I guess.
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Try quinoa instead of oatmeal. It's more like rice but has protein and being a grain it should help supply. You can google lots of recipes. And it doesn't have to just be breakfast!
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Re: How much oatmeal do I need to eat??

Mmmmmm...... add toasted nuts (pecans are great) and frozen blueberries. Butter will also help the taste!
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Re: How much oatmeal do I need to eat??

DS eats oatmeal every morning with maple syrup, cinnamon, and a splash of soymilk. It tastes like a cookie, but it doesn't boost his milk supply
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Try searching online for "Amish baked oatmeal". I make it with craisins, and it's delish. Have you made lactation cookies?
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