Oh my YUM! I always thought bircher muesli was a bit of a mission to make, but really it’s like pouring a massive bowl of cereal in the evening and then being rewarded with days of nutritious deliciousness in the morning. It’s so good – even my 15 month old loves it.
Oats are an amazing food for breastfeeding and increasing your supply. An article on KellyMom around increasing your supply says some possible explanations why oats are so good are:
- Oatmeal is is a good source of iron. It is known that maternal anemia/low iron levels can result in a decreased milk supply, so it makes sense that eating something high in iron might increase milk supply in some women.
- Oatmeal is a comfort food for many women. Anything that increases relaxation in mum can encourage let-down, and hence also influence milk supply.
- A use that some of the milk-increasing herbs share is that of decreasing cholesterol levels. Herbs used for both increasing milk production and decreasing cholesterol levels include fenugreek and alfalfa. Oat bran, which is in oatmeal, is also known to help lower cholesterol.
(this is what I had in the pantry, I mix it up depending on whats on hand)
- Rolled oats – 2 cups
- Pepitas – handful
- Sunflower seeds – handful
- Goji Berries – handful
- Sultanas – handful
- Bee Pollen – 2 tbs
- Slivered Almonds – handful
- Coconut – handful
- Chia Seeds – sprinkle around 2 tbs
- Cinnamon – sprinkle around 2 tbs
- Vanilla essence – 1 tsp – powder is meant to be better but this is what I had in the cupboard
- Maca Powder – 2 tbs – or any other superfood you fancy throwing in
- apple – 1
- pear – 1
- Dates – 5
- Oranges – 1 or 2 depending on the size of the batch
*Measures are approximate as I generally throw in a mish mash of what I have in the cupboard.
Ready for the how to…
- Mix up your dry stuff.
- Blitz* or grate your fruit – I have what I call “the fake thermomix” a bellini and blitz the fruit on speed 6 for 10 seconds. ($229 at target and pretty much does everything it’s fancy big sister does for a 10th of the price. Yet I still want the real deal!)
- Pour on the fruit puree
- Add a few big dollops of yoghurt and stir it up
- Cover in your milk of choice – cows, almond, rice until it covers the oaty goodness. Give it a stir. See it’s just like making a big bowl of cereal!
- Cover your dish and pop it in the fridge.
- Enjoy your delicious, nutritious, boob goodness breakfast bircher!
*If you don’t have something to blitz your fruit, grate the apple and pear and squeeze the juice from 2 oranges.
If you have supply challenges, you may like to try these breastfeeding lactation cookies. I’d never heard of them until I was breastfeeding and they made a big difference to me!