It contains an ingredient thought to help milk production
Breastfeeding can be very difficult. There’s a number of potential hurdles to overcome before a mom is successfully nursing and one of the most frustrating is low milk supply. Luckily, there are ways to increase it.
And one of them happens to be delicious.
Romper reports that there’s a new Ben and Jerry’s ice cream flavor that could help support breast milk supply. Shut up and take our money, right? They explain that Oat of this Swirled contains what’s known as a galactagogue, aka, a food thought to increase breast milk output.
Oh, and it looks like this.
According to the Ben and Jerry’s website, Oat of this Swirled features a “blissful mix of brown sugar ice cream with otherworldly swirls of cinnamony oatmeal cookies.”
Hang on, need to wipe the drool off my chin.
The magic lactation ingredient in this flavor is oats, which are one of the most effective milk increasing foods, according to Kelly Mom. Oats have what’s known as saponins, which may increase the hormones moms need to produce milk.
I already knew about the power of oats as a supply booster from nursing my son. I found myself downing bowls of gross oatmeal a few times a day in an effort to keep up with my little guy’s ravenous appetite. I also took fenugreek, a supplement thought to increase breast milk supply, which made me smell like maple syrup (sexy). Had this ice cream existed in 2009, I would’ve bought it by the case.
Because, oatmeal. Ew. Smelling like syrup. Ew.
Yet, for some women, all the galactagogues in the world won’t do enough to increase milk supply, and they should feel zero guilt for moving on to formula. But for any mom who’s just looking for a little boost, why not try some delicious ice cream? Hell, I stopped nursing over five years ago and I’m going to buy some. It looks amazing.
Hopefully, this little miracle works for some nursing moms who would rather eat dessert than breakfast.