OatMama Lactation Granola Bars
At Oat Mama, we designed a granola bar that supports your specific breastfeeding needs, so you can better support your little one. That means jam-packing Oat Mama bars with wholesome superfoods to help you power up your energy, your mood, and your MILK. Every ingredient has a job to do, no freeloaders here.
Nut + Berry
Rolled oats, ground flax, brewer’s yeast, toasted almonds, cashew butter, sunflower seeds, dried cranberries, dried blueberries, honey, organic brown rice syrup, organic coconut oil, vanilla extract, cinnamon, salt.
Chocolate Almond Coconut
Rolled oats, ground flax, brewer’s yeast, toasted almonds, cashew butter, sunflower seeds, dried unsweetened coconut, semi-sweet chocolate, honey, organic brown rice syrup, organic coconut oil, vanilla extract, cinnamon, salt.
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip
Rolled oats, ground flax, brewer's yeast, roasted peanuts, peanut butter, sunflower seeds, honey, organic brown rice syrup, organic coconut oil, vanilla extract, cinnamon, salt.
Galactagogues are foods which have been known to enhance lactation in breastfeeding women. Here at Oat Mama, galactagogues are our BFFs, and our bars are chock-full of them. We kind of went overboard…
For decades, women in the know have been recommending a bowl of oatmeal as the ideal breakfast for nursing mamas, and for good reason. Iron-rich oats are the first defense in staving off maternal anemia, one cause of low milk supply. The comforting properties of oats may increase your level of oxytocin (the “feel good” hormone) and, in turn, relax you and possibly help with let-down (adorable pics of baby don’t hurt either). Oats also deliver much-needed fiber and slow-burning energy, so you can keep up with that jogging stroller mommy group.
*We use 100% Certified Gluten-free Oats
I’ve heard a lot about you, Ground Flax.
If flaxseed were a contestant on “The Bachelorette” it would get our final rose. It is the dream food for nursing mamas because it is a rich source of omega 3s (and it’s not a fish!). Omega 3s not only assist in fighting postpartum depression by regulating mood-altering hormones, they help improve the QUALITY of your breastmilk. Let’s not forget the phytochemicals in flaxseed which somewhat mimic estrogen, potentially enhancing milk supply. To top it off, flaxseed also provides the extra dose of fiber and calcium your body needs to stay strong.
The pleasure is all mine, Brewer’s Yeast.
Has anyone ever told you to “drink a beer” to boost your milk supply? Well, one explanation for this is brewer’s yeast. An ingredient in beer-making, brewer’s yeast is not only a known galactagogue, but it is packed with valuable B vitamins and protein. B vitamins are essential for a healthy immune system and glowing skin, hair and nails. Brewer’s yeast is also a great source of chromium, a mineral responsible for stabilizing blood sugar levels (fewer sugar crashes ahead- yeah!). And get this: brewer’s yeast is considered a probiotic, which means it aids digestion. Because of its wealth of nutritive powers, brewer’s yeast has been used to treat everything from acne to lactose intolerance to the common cold. Who DOESN’T need this stuff?
Have we met before, Fenugreek?
Fenugreek is the renowned ingredient all breastfeeding mamas encounter at some point in their nursing careers. In tea, in capsules, and now in granola bars! They say if you eat enough fenugreek, your skin will smell slightly sweet, like maple syrup. That's one thing fenugreek is known for. The other, is its super milk-making powers. Mamas for centuries swear by this herb to assist in breast milk production and you will too.
*Fenugreek is only found in our Apple Cinnamon Raisin flavor
How do you do, Cashews and Almonds?
One possible explanation for low milk supply is low levels of the milk-making hormone, prolactin. Cashews might be the answer. Some studies suggest the zinc found in cashews may help increase the concentration of prolactin found in the bloodstream. Not to mention, cashews and almonds deliver protein and good fats for you and your baby to grow strong.
Pleased to make your acquaintance, Sunflower Seeds.
Sunflower seeds are a rich source of vitamin E, which improves skin tone. Hey, glowing skin isn’t just for pregnant mamas anymore! Sunflower seeds also supply selenium and magnesium. Early studies suggest magnesium may help relieve stress and ease depression symptoms. Smiles all around for that.