It's well known that whatever you eat as a breastfeeding mama, your baby is essentially eating the same thing. The degree to which certain nutrients and food products pass through breast milk varies, and so does the impact on your milk supply. It's advised that breastfeeding moms (and really, everyone) eat as healthy as possible, but there's no need to restrict yourself totally and all of the time. Especially when you're at IHOP, because well, pancakes. What's even better, is the IHOP order that could increase your milk supply is literally just a stack away and you can put syrup on it. Double win.
IHOP's Harvest Grain 'N Nut Pancakes is not only culinary heaven on a plate, it may also be the order you need to kick your breastfeeding game into high gear. The wholesome oats in this dish are possibly the magic milk boosters you need to take your supply up a notch because oats in general are fantastic for breastfeeding moms. According to Belly Belly, oats are considered galactogogues, which are food items or herbs that naturally encourage the production of milk in your body. You can use oats to make oatmeal, oatmeal cookies, homemade granola, and yes, oat-packed pancakes. Romper reached out to IHOP to see if they'd received feedback from moms specifically on whether eating the Harvest Grain 'N Nut Pancakes did help increase their milk supply, but did not hear back at the time of publication.
Real talk for a moment — galactogogues are indeed great, but these milk producing items aren't scientifically proven to work, according to Kelly Mom. The best way to increase your milk supply, as explained on the same site, is to nurse more frequently (or pump) while also consuming foods or herbs with galactogenic properties. Additionally, La Leche League International (LLLI) suggested that if you're struggling with milk supply, try nursing your baby for as long as they would like and ensure they're getting a proper latch.
If you find yourself at an IHOP, there's no harm in giving the Harvest Grain 'N Nut pancakes a go. Besides syrup, there are other ways to dress these pancakes up. If you're a breastfeeding mom trying to round out your diet with fruits and vegetables, IHOP's got your back (rather, breast). You can add banana slices, raspberry topping, peach topping, or glazed strawberries to your stack of fluffy goodness. Make it a lactation dessert and add a scoop of ice cream. Again, there's no guarantee eating these pancakes will work, but they're so yummy, so why not try?