Mamas, you will love this chocolate banana lactation smoothie! It tastes amazing and has oats, flaxseed and brewer’s yeast to help boost your milk supply.
As a breastfeeding mama I’m always looking for ways to increase (or maintain) my milk supply. I’ve developed recipes for lactation cookies and lactation bites, which I love. They’re both super tasty and I definitely notice a difference in my supply when I eat them regularly, but there are plenty of days where I’ve run out of the cookies/bites and I need something fast… that’s where this lactation smoothie comes in.
Of course, you can literally make any smoothie a lactation smoothie just by adding ingredients to boost your milk supply, but haphazardly adding ingredients to a smoothie can often times result in a concoction that doesn’t taste so good. Especially when you’re working with a bitter ingredient like brewer’s yeast. Been there, done that!
This smoothie on the other hand, has three ingredients for boosting your milk supply (oats, brewer’s yeast and flaxseed) and it still tastes delicious. It’s so good, I would happily drink it daily. The combo of banana, chocolate and peanut butter totally masks the bitter taste of the brewer’s yeast and the frozen fruit combined with the oats and flaxseed give the smoothie a thick and creamy texture.
Sweetened With Medjool Dates
I purposely chose to sweeten this smoothie with medjool dates because I figured many mamas will have a few leftover from endlessly eating dates to help prep for labor. If you don’t have any dates on hand, you can use another natural sweetener like maple syrup or honey. I’d start with 1 teaspoon, taste the smoothie and add more if needed.
Foods That Help Increase Milk Supply
Since breastfeeding Olivia, I’ve done a bit of research about which foods are best to keep your milk supply up and help with milk production. Here’s a little list of the foods I found:
Oats – One of the reasons for decreased milk supply is low iron levels. Oats are high in iron so some studies have shown that oats help with milk production. Adding a small amount of oats to a smoothie is great but I love having some sort of oat-based breakfast almost daily. I’m a big fan of overnight oats (these chocolate chip overnight oats are my go-to right now) and baked oatmeal (I love my strawberry banana baked oatmeal). I gravitate towards these options because I can prep them in advance.
Barley – Whole barely is the richest dietary source of beta-glucan, a polysaccharide that has been shown to increase prolactin (aka the breastfeeding hormone). This barley salad is so delicious!
Brewer’s yeast – It is packed with vitamin B, iron, zinc, magnesium and potassium. It has a lot of benefits, but you should check with your doctor before adding brewer’s yeast to your diet. It can interact with a variety of medications and can cause some unwanted side effects. You can learn more about brewer’s yeast in my lactation bites post.
Flaxseed – Flaxseed is high in omega-3 fatty acids (which are great for baby) and it also contains phytoestrogens that can influence breast milk production.
Of all the ingredients known to help boost a woman’s milk supply, the most interesting to me is brewer’s yeast. I had to do a little research to figure out exactly what it is, but brewer’s yeast is a fungus and gets its name because it is used in the production of beer and bread.
It is packed with vitamins and minerals – most notably, vitamin B, iron, zinc, magnesium and potassium. It’s also a good source of protein. One 1/4 cup serving offers 8 grams of protein. Because of this, brewer’s yeast has been touted as a plant-based superfood. While it has a lot of really great benefits, it’s important to note that you should talk to your doctor before adding brewer’s yeast to your diet as it can interact with a variety of medications.
I’ve been making this smoothie for breakfast or lunch. It’s filling enough to have on its own as a meal, but sometimes I’ll pair it with a little something extra like a hard boiled egg. I love the flavor and it’s been helpful for my milk supply as well. I hope you like it as much as I do.
Looking to Increase Your Milk Supply? Here Are More Lactation Recipes to Try: