All of us nursing mamas know that supply is everything! Some of us (gasp) want to get in shape and lose the baby weight but it can be a struggle to maintain supply while doing that. I was having a little trouble with supply and I started looking up ways to increase it. Lactation Cookies kept popping up but one thing I noticed was that I couldn’t find any healthy lactation cookies recipes. I tried a recipe that I loved, I played with it a bit and I adjusted it to make me feel better about incorporating them into my diet. Are they extremely healthy? Well, no. But they are healthier than what I was making and I think they are a good start!
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This is the third time making lactation cookies and I will say that I saw a boost in supply after my second batch; my first batch was a mess and I’m not counting it! I’ve read some articles where they had immediate boosts in supply after eating one cookie. Well, that didn’t happen with me. I added two cookies into my meal plan: one mid morning and the other I saved for those middle of the night nursing sessions. I consistently did this, and about a week and a half later I noticed that I was leaking again and my pumping sessions were resulting in much better amounts of liquid gold!
In general, lactation cookies contain 3 important ingredients that help to increase milk production for nursing mamas.
Oats: Nutritional powerhouse providing plenty of whole grains, fiber, iron and an abundance of healthy vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Oats are also high in iron.
Brewers Yeast: A rich source of B-vitamins and amino acids, this is a natural remedy used to help stimulate and increase the production of breast milk. I had a tough time finding brewers yeast at my local grocery store and I’ve got two kiddos….I was not about to go grocery store hoppin so I found it on Amazon and just had it delivered! ((Aff Link))
Flax Seed: Provides an abundance of Omega-3 fatty acids that are necessary for brain development.
Some of the ways I decided to healthy these up was eliminating white flour. Most recipes called for 2 cups of white flour and that was a big no for me. Half almond flour and half wheat felt better. Butter, well I couldn’t get around butter so I decided to use Kerrygold. Also, the recipes I found called for a lot of sugar – 2 whole cups. I didn’t want to alter the taste so much that I couldn’t eat them so I eliminated a 1/4 cup of each type of sugar reducing it by 1/2 cup. Yay!
Soooooo….what do they taste like?? Well, they’re delicious! Hey, we’ve been through a lot we deserve a delicious treat and we’re helping to feed our baby! Win Win! But I’m going to let you in on a little secret if you don’t want to share these yummy treats, make sure you tell your hubby they are for boosting milk supply so he can freak out and leave them alone.? Just know that if he’s anything like my husband it won’t work and he’ll eat them anyway lol, that’s ok they are healthy for everyone, my hubs eats one before he goes to the gym in the AM and swears the cookie made him break a PR ?.
When introducing new foods you might wonder how it’s going to affect the baby. Well, my baby girl didn’t seem to mind. I did notice her poop seemed a little yellow a couple days after I started eating the cookies but that was a few diapers and didn’t cause me any concern. If you feel like you want to run this by your pediatrician first, by all means, do that!
So there you go mama, I hope this helps you and I hope it helps your baby! If you try this recipe and love it, please share it with another mama that might need it!