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I was looking forward to creating this recipe,
I myself was very very fortunate to have an amazing nursing relationship with my son, and looks like we are off to great start with my daughter.
I know not every woman chooses to breasted, and many would love to, but can't, although there are many natural products that claim to help boost milk supply, it is a good idea to check with your medical provider, OBGYN or a midwife, hire a lactation consultant or look through a La Leche League website and find a group near you.
But if you are successfully nursing and are just looking to boost supply, here are a few tips:
1- Milk is all about supply and demand, most of the time, the more baby is on the breast, the more you will produce.
2- Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Drink water all the time, like literally all the time, it affects breast milk significantly!!
3- Lots of skin to skin with baby,
4- Reduce stress ( well this one is a recommendation that will apply to ANY health condition, and life in general!
5- Nourish yourself, eat about 300-500 more calories a day from whole food sources that are nutrient dense.
6- Eat foods that are high in galactagogues.
And that where this recipe comes in handy!
Galactagogues are compounds found in certain foods that are known to stimulate milk supply, although there is no scientific research to support that, but there is more than enough real life evidence to prove this claim to be true.
Galactagogue rich foods have been used for centuries all over the world to help nursing moms with milk supply.
Honestly this recipe is so good, you should make it even if you're not nursing or planning to nurse! And NO it will not cause anyone that didn't just have a baby or currently breastfeeding to spontaneously lactate! So this is totally a family friendly recipe.
I made sure there is plenty of protein, good fats, and vegan sources of omega 3s' all things that support lactation and the health of a new mama.
So go ahead, make a huge batch and enjoy! Or better yet, send to a friend or family member that wants to do something nice for a new mama and ask them to make it for you! :)
Makes about 8 servings.
2 cups of rolled oats
1 cup of slivered almonds
1 cup of crushed walnuts
1 cup of pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup of coconut flakes
1 cup of dried apricots
1 cup of chopped dates
1 tablespoon of brewers yeast
2 teaspoons of star anise
1 tabelspoon of fennel seeds
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
1/2 cup hemp hearts
1/4 cup of crushed flax seeds
1 cup of organic coconut oil
1/2 cup of maple syrup
1/4 cup of honey
Preheat oven to 300°F
Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
In a large mixing bowl combine all the dry ingredient except for the flax and the hemp. Mix well and set aside.
In a sauce pan on medium heat, combine all the wet ingredients, bring to a boil, lower the heat and let lightly simmer for 3 minutes.
This and the combination of maple syrup and honey for the sweetener will ensure the yummy caramelization of the granola.
Once done simmering, pour over the dry ingredients, mix very well, spread on the baking sheet.
Bake in the pre-heated oven for 45 min, checking on the granola every 15 minutes and mixing well to prevent burning.
Once done baking, take out of the oven and cool on the same baking sheet, once cooled off, add the flax and the hemp hearts, mix well and you're done!!!
P.S We are adding the hemp and flax seeds after the granola has been baked as heat might damage the unstable fats in the seeds, and oxidize the oh so nutritious omega 3s in them.
Hope you enjoy this recipe, I would love to hear your feedback, so please reach out with questions or comments.