With both of my kids, I knew I want to breastfeed, but I was so nervous about being able to after hearing about the challenges many of my fellow mom friends endured. Breastfeeding is NO JOKE. While it is an amazing experience and a way to bond with your child, we all know it's not the only way you can find a special connection and better yet, it's not for everybody.
If you're a mom who has had trouble breastfeeding in the past, and you are pregnant now, don't lose heart! Just as every pregnancy, birth, and baby is different, your breastfeeding journey may be different as well.
I'm a huge cheerleader for breastfeeding moms because I know the struggle and it is something that requires a network of support. If I can be a part of a mama's network to help support them in achieving their breastfeeding goals, then of course I want to do so. I also know that breast isn't always best and some babies (and many moms) thrive once the stress factors of a turbulent breastfeeding relationship are removed from their new mommy equation.
To each her own, and I mean that wholeheartedly. Getting fed is best for baby.
So for you mamas out there pumping and nursing and making that liquid gold, you go girl! One of my favorite perks of breastfeeding is the 500 extra calories we're encouraged to consume for optimal milk production. And why not spend those calories on a little treat for yourself? Your body is working hard to make that magic mommy milk for your babe. This delicious lactation cookie recipe will have your house smelling like the holidays and your spouse or partner asking if they can eat one (and yes, they can, if you want to let them).
These cookies contain galactagogues, which is a fancy word for foods that promote milk production. However, they will have no effect on someone who isn't currently lactating, so your kiddos can enjoy them too. Foods like oatmeal, almonds, brewer's yeast and flax seed help aid your body's ability to produce milk for your baby.
Need a little boost in your breast milk production? Give this cookie recipe a try along with a few extra pump/nursing sessions to increase demand and consequently increase your milk supply.
I recommend baking these BEFORE baby arrives and freezing them in a gallon Ziploc bags. After baby's arrival, thaw at room temperature as needed.
Please note that these cookies are not a replacement for identifying the cause of low supply. If you have concerns about milk supply, latching issues, or other breastfeeding challenges, please seek the advice of a lactation consultant or medical professional prior to trying these cookies. Here are some great local resources:
Ingredients 4 tbsp water 2 tbsp flaxseed meal 2 c. whole wheat flour 4 tbsp brewer's yeast (available at health food stores in the supplements/medicine aisle) 1 tsp baking soda 1 tsp salt 1 tbsp cinnamon 1 c. (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened 1 c. white sugar 1 c. brown sugar 2 large eggs 1 tsp vanilla extract 3 c.thick cut oats 1 bag milk chocolate chips 1/2 c. sliced almonds 1 bag butterscotch chips
Instructions Step 1: Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Step 2: Mix flaxseed meal and water together in a small bowl and set aside.
Step 3: In large bowl, sift together dry ingredients (flour, yeast, cinnamon, salt, and baking soda).
Step 4: In mixing bowl, blend together butter and sugars using mixer on medium speed.
Step 5: Blend eggs into mixing bowl one at a time on low speed.
Step 6: Blend flaxseed mixture and vanilla into mixing bowl at low speed.
Step 7: Add dry mixture into mixing bowl in three equal parts on low speed. Be sure to mix well.
Step 8: Blend chocolate chips into mixing bowl.
Step 9: Blend butterscotch chips into mixxing bowl.
Step 10: Blend almond slivers into mixing bowl.
Step 11: Remove bowl from mixer and add oats to mixture. Stir by hand (the mixture will be very thick).
Step 12: Drop heaping spoonfuls of cookie dough onto non-stick baking sheets 1 inch apart.
Step 13: Bake for 9-10 minutes.
Yields 45 to 60 cookies depending on cookie dough spoonful sizes.
NOTE: DO NOT eat more than 3 cookies per day to avoid engorgement, oversupply or other complications. These cookies are powerful. The active ingredients in these cookies (brewer's yeast, flaxseed meal, oats) will help increase supply but should not replace other efforts to resolve a low supply issue (lactation consultations, tongue-tie/lip-tie evaluations, pumping, nursing on demand).
This is not a recommended substitute for nursing on demand, pumping or other actions to assist with supply increase. If you have any concerns about your supply, please seek the advice of a lactation consultant or medical professional prior to trying these cookies.