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6 Milk-Boosting Chocolate Drinks That Breastfeeding Moms LoveYou have to try these recipes!by Grace Bautista .
We asked breastfeeding moms in our parenting community, Smart Parenting Village, to share their favorite milk-boosting drinks and some of the most common ingredients that moms preferred were oatmeal, chia seeds, chocolate malt, and malunggay.
All these ingredients are known milk boosters because of their superior nutritional properties. Oats are rich in carbohydrates and fiber and contain a lot of vitamins and minerals including iron, zinc, manganese, phosphorus, magnesium, copper, folate, vitamins B1 and B5.
Chia seeds are rich in Omega 3 fatty acids, calcium, fiber, protein, manganese, magnesium and phosphorus.
Malt is also said to be nutritious and according to dietitian Jillian Greaves, MPH, RD, LDN, contains "antioxidants, essential amino acids, vitamins and minerals."
Malunggay is also superfood, known to be rich in protein, vitamin B6, vitamin C, iron, vitamin B2 (riboflavin), vitamin A (from beta-carotene), and magnesium.
Refreshing, chocolate milk boosters
Below, breastfeeding moms from the Smart Parenting Village share how they enjoy the benefits of all the above superfoods in their nutritious and refreshing drink recipes:
Oatmeal choco malunggay drink
Ingredients: Oatmeal (instant or quick cooking), malunggay flakes, Mother Nurture Malunggay Choco Mix or Milo.
Procedure: Mix all the ingredients together in a cup of hot water and you're set!
Milo chia cup
Prepare your Milo drink hot or iced then add two teaspoons of chia seeds or as desired.
Ingredients: Rolled oats, Mother Nurture chocolate (or Mommy Co. chocolate), milk or almond milk, chia seeds, brewer's yeast, banana and virgin coconut oil (VCO).
Procedure: Mix all the ingredients together at night (in a covered bowl or jar), refrigerate and consume the morning after. You could also add ice and blend to make a smoothie.ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
It’s like a Starbucks drink but more nutritious!
Ingredients: Homemade fresh malunggay tea, Milo, instant oatmeal
Procedure: For the tea, boil some fresh malunggay leaves for about 5 minutes. Put the malunggay tea in a cup and add Milo and instant oatmeal.
Malunggay, chocolate and chia drink
Ingredients: Homemade fresh malunggay tea, Milo or Energen and chia seeds
Procedure: Boil some fresh malunggay leaves for about 5 minutes. Put fresh the malunggay tea in a cup, add Milo or Energen and a teaspoon of chia seeds.
Overnight rolled oats with chocolate milk and chia seeds
Ingredients: Rolled oats, cocoa powder, milk and chia seeds
Procedure: Mix the ingredients together in a cup or jar and refrigerate overnight.
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A couple more notes before you try making your own milk booster: it would be good learn to make the basic components of some of the recipes above.
How to make basic overnight oats
Overnight oats, as the name suggests, are not cooked but soaked overnight to make them soft and creamy. Combine ½ cup rolled oats and 1/2 cup milk or water in a bowl or jar. Mix, cover and refrigerate overnight. Feel free to make a bigger batch for the whole family, or for two days’ supply.
It is recommended to use rolled oats for this, as instant oats are so small and thin, they practically turn to mush when soaked overnight.CONTINUE READING BELOWRecommended Videos
How to pre-soak chia seeds
Put some water in a small container (I use my son’s 6oz Avent breast milk storage cups) until it is about 2/3 full. Add two tablespoons of chia seeds and mix well. Cover the cup and refrigerate. If you see the seeds clumping together, mix again until they’re evenly distributed. Your pre-soaked chia seeds could last up to five days refrigerated.
The moms who shared these recipes also said that aside from taking these milk boosters, they also researched and armed themselves with breastfeeding knowledge, joined breastfeeding communities, allowed their babies to latch as much as they wanted and maintained a positive disposition, because happiness also plays an important role in milk production.
How else can you boost your breast milk supply? Click here for more tips.
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