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    Default What's up with oatmeal?

    I read somewhere in the forum that Oatmeal increases milk supply, does ayone know why?

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    Default Re: What's up with oatmeal?

    Here's what it says on the page discussing this at Kellymom.com:

    Some possible explanations:

    * 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 mom 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.
    HTH!
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    Default Re: What's up with oatmeal?

    I don't know why, but it helped me!!!

    Hi, I'm Allison

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    Default Re: What's up with oatmeal?

    Vsam I've wondered about oatmeal myself.....

    I'm skeptical but at least it can't do any harm!

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    Default Re: What's up with oatmeal?

    Also it's that grains increase your supply. That is why the old wives tale of drinking a dark beer everyday was started. At least that's what I read a few months ago.

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    Default Re: What's up with oatmeal?

    Oatmeal has good b vitamins too, which are good for your supply

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    Default Re: What's up with oatmeal?

    Thanks for the info, I think I will try it too!

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    Default Re: What's up with oatmeal?

    Does instant oatmeal work as well as the "real stuff"? Instant quaker oats (maple and brown sugar...yummm) is just so much easier first thing in the AM!

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    Default Re: What's up with oatmeal?

    I'm not sure it's doing anything for me, but nothing seems to be helping right now. I find it pretty easy to make a big pot of oatmeal and make it flavored like you like (maple and brown sugar ) and then it stays if it's refrigerated for about 3 days. It's not quite as fast as instant in the morning, but doesn't take much more time and it's cheaper.
    Jennifer, child passenger safety technician and mama to,
    AJ (5/03), Evan (12/04), Ilana (11/06), and Olivia (2/12/09)

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    Default Re: What's up with oatmeal?

    Quote Originally Posted by NReligioso View Post
    Does instant oatmeal work as well as the "real stuff"? Instant quaker oats (maple and brown sugar...yummm) is just so much easier first thing in the AM!
    I've been using instant all along and it has worked the same as when my mom makes me regular oatmeal. Even oatmeal cookies help out in milk-producing. Yum!

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