So these cookies are really good for 3 reasons:
#1 - They are freaking delicious.
#2 - They can help with boosting milk supply.
#3 - Any man in your house will think that eating these cookies will cause them to lactate or start producing feminine qualities, and therefore, will refuse to eat them, which means NO ONE TOUCHES YOUR COOKIES! Can I hear an hallelujah! Mama doesn't have to share her cookies!
For reals though, these cookies are LEGIT and no, they won't actually make anyone who isn't lactating to start lactating. The key ingredients in them for boosting milk supply are actually very normal: Whole Oats, Brewer's Yeast, and Flaxseed Meal. Why those?
Oats are helpful because of the iron and fiber that nursing mamas need. Low levels of iron can actually reduce milk supply.
Brewer's yeast is an amazing natural source of B vitamins along with other trace minerals, protein, and iron. It is also believed to help with reducing fatigue/increasing energy (Lord knows we all need that)!
Lastly, the oil from flax seed is considered to be a galactagogue (substance that promote lactation in humans and animals). Along with having protein, fiber, and numerous other vitamins, iron, zinc, potassium, magnesium, phosphorous, calcium, and vitamin E, it is an AMAZING source of image 3's (essential fatty acids). They can help improve milk quality and possibly quantity, while also boosting brain function and development (in utero and pregnancy is when a baby's child's brain grows the fastest).
Now just a quick note that these cookies may help boost a normal milk supply, but they aren't the magic cure. If you really need to increase milk supply then please consult with a lactation consultant. My personal recommendations are to also try the following:
1. Breastfeed exclusively day and night and nurse on demand. The more you nurse, the more milk your body will make.
2. Reduce stress. Breathe deeply. Focus on the positive. Get your tribe around you to support you and help you take naps and be able to also focus on self-care (relaxing baths, a walk, alone time or time with friends, etc.). Also, try to get more sleep. I know, I just said you should nurse day and night. And I mean that. So get sleep at other times such as when your baby is napping. I struggled with this but can't emphasis it enough.
3. Try not to use bottles unless absolutely necessary. If you have a normal supply then feel free, but if you really want/need to increase your milk supply, then nothing is better than babe on the boob.
4. This one is SO important: Eat nutrient dense food. Protein, carbs, and fat at EVERY meal. REAL food, not anything processed or in a box or bag. Also, drink lots of water. I keep a water bottle by my bed and one on my desk so that I always have it within reach. Since beginning breastfeeding I will get so thirsty at 3am! Listen to your body and drink lots of fluids along with nourishing it with real food. Oh and supplementing with these cookies is a fun way to treat yourself while also helping!
Also, I made my own lactation cookie recipe because all of the ones I was finding on the internet had massive amount of sugar in them! So this is my gluten free/refined sugar free recipe that I hope you enjoy, and please share with any other mamas that you know!
Gluten Free Lactation Cookies
Prep Time: 8 minutes Cook Time: 13 minutes Servings: 20
2 cups of Rolled Oats (do not use quick oats)
1/3 c Gluten Free All Purpose Flour (the link to the left is to my mix that I make, but you can also just use any gf all purpose flour from the store - Bob Red Mill brand is great!)
1/4 c Golden Flaxseed Meal (I like Bob's Red Mill brand).
3 TBSP Brewer's Yeast
1 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 tsp Himilayan Pink Salt
3/4 c Chocolate Chips
1/4 c Organic Maple Syrup
1/3 c Organic Coconut Oil
3 TBSP almond milk (original, no flavor)
1 tsp Organic Vanilla
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease two baking sheets with coconut oil (or other oil of your choice).
2. Mix all dry ingredients together in a large bowl - oats, gluten free flour, flaxseed meal, brewer's yeast, basking soda, salt, and chocolate chips. Mix all wet ingredients in a smaller bowl - eggs, maple syrup, coconut oil, almond milk, and vanilla.
3. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and stir just until mixed. Using a large spoon or Ice Cream scooper (my personal favorite!) scoop about 2 tbsp. of the mix and place on baking sheet. I usually get about 10 scoops per baking sheet.
4. Bake for 12-13 minutes or until slightly golden. Enjoy!