by: Crystal Carabajal | @littlebunches
I found a recipe to make lactation cookies to help increase my milk supply during my second pregnancy. At first, I thought about purchasing some that are available online but I realized how expensive they were so I decided to make them myself. In the process I learned that the 3 key ingredients to help increase your milk supply are oats, brewers yeast and flaxseed.
OATS (100% whole grain, not instant) are filled with iron and fiber. You may find out that new mamas need a lot of iron and the fiber actually increases the milk supply. Nursing mamas need more calories and oats provides those calories in a healthy way.
BREWERS YEAST (debittered) also increasing milk supply because it has vitamin B and it gives women a boost of energy.
FLAXSEED carries an oil called galactagogue which increases milk supply, it also has fiber. Flax is filled with omega 3 acids which is good for both mama and baby.
Side note: Do not buy into the hype that formulas 'fortified with DHA' are good for your baby. Rather, these artificial baby formulas with DHA have been linked with diarrhea, dehydration, seizures.
In addition to these 3 key ingredients you may also put in a little bit of fenugreek which also increases milk supply. However I sipped on Mothers Tea (found at Target) every day so that took care of that ingredient. It's recommended to eat about 2 cookies a day and you'll see an increase in your milk supply around the 2nd day. If you are looking into freezing your pumped milk supply these cookies will help you do that. From my experience, I've learned that it's best to always latch baby the first month and then later you can offer baby the bottle with your milk.
Okay so here is the recipe...
1 1/2 cup of flour
1 tsp of baking soda
1 tsp of cinnamon
1 tsp of salt
3/4 cup of almond or peanut butter
1/2 cup of butters
1/2 cup of sugar
1/2 cup of brown sugar
2 tsp of vanilla
3 tablespoons of brewers yeast
1 cup of flax seed
1/3 cup of water
1 3/4 cup of oats
2 cups (12oz.) of chocolate chips
1 cup of chopped nuts (any kind)
Before you get started have these supplies ready: cookie sheet, mixer, measuring spoons, small bowl, large bowl, cooking spray
1) preheat oven to 350 degrees
2) small bowl combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt
3) large bowl combine peanut butter, butter, sugar, brown sugar, vanilla, brewers yeast, flax seed and water. Mix until creamy.
4) mix in eggs
5) slowly mix in the small bowl ingredients into large bowl
6) mix in chocolate chips and nuts
7) slowly add oats and mix the dough
8) Place balls (about 2 inches) of dough onto greased baking sheets.
Press down each ball lightly with a fork.
9) Bake for 12 minutes. This batch makes 48-50 cookies.
Once you've made them for yourself how about baking them for a new mama and giving it them to show you support breast feeding. As new mamas nursing our babies can be a challenge but if you have the right support and you are determined to nurse you can overcome any obstacle that comes with it.
Here are some helpful links to help with breastfeeding: