Every mama deserves a cookie, and these just might help your milk supply if you are breastfeeding! A healthy gluten-free snack for those long sessions!
I knew I wanted my lactation cookie recipe ready to go before hungry baby even got here. So I made these and handed them out to my friends who were breastfeeding at my baby shower.
What I should have done was stash some dough in the freezer for when baby made his appearance. Instead, my MIL stepped in and saved the day by making these cookies while we were waiting for my milk to come in.
Since I’m exclusively breastfeeding right now and babe is only a couple weeks old it’s hard to say if these cookies actually made an impact on my milk supply. However, one of my friends I gave these too was having trouble with her milk supply around 9 months and after eating a half a cookie a day she more than doubled her supply and was able to keep up with her baby’s needs.
Here is the thing about galactagogues (herbs, medicines, and foods that increase milk supply), there is no hard evidence that any of them work. Some of the herbs have some decent research behind them, but the foods are typically based on anecdotal evidence passed from woman to woman (such as the story I told you above about my friend doubling her milk supply.) The good part is even if they don’t help they are still nutritious foods that will provide your body with the nutrients and calories it needs to keep up with breastfeeding. So basically, can’t hurt!
Here is a list of popular galactagogues:
- Whole grains, especially oatmeal
- Dark, leafy greens (alfalfa, kale, spinach, broccoli)
- Nuts and seeds, especially almonds
- Spices like cumin seeds, anise seeds, fennel seeds, turmeric, flax seeds
- Brewer’s Yeast
I used oatmeal, almond butter, and brewer’s yeast in this recipe. All extremely nutritious foods so it can’t hurt and if nothing else they at least taste super yummy! Plus, Mr. Hungry gets sick if he eats yeast so this keeps his hands off my cookies. Sorry, hun, not for you!
If you are breastfeeding, definitely give these cookies a try! Or, if you know someone who is breastfeeding these are a great gift! Let me know to if you have any galactagogues that you think worked for you so I can try them out!
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Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Lactation Cookies
- Preheat oven to 350F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a baking mat.
- Combine almond butter with the egg, coconut oil, and vanilla extract.
- Add in 1/2 cups oats, 2/3 cups sugar, 3T brewers yeas, and 1/2 tsp baking powder. Mix thoroughly. At this point, you should have something that resembles cookie dough. However, sometimes your almond butter dries out and isn't as oily as it should be. If this happens to you, add more coconut oil. If your mixture is too wet, add more oats. You should get a mixture that resembles traditional cookie dough.
- Once you have a cookie dough consistency, fold in 1/3 cup chocolate chips and 1/4 cup rolled oats.
- Now roll dough into 10 even balls. I used a cookie scoop x 2 for each ball. You can also make 20 smaller cookies. Then flatten with the back of a spoon or your hand. Bake on the top rack for 20-25 minutes or until cookies are golden brown around the edges. Let them cool ON THE PAN for at least 10 minutes.
- Cookie dough can be frozen and defrosted for use at a later date. Cookies also freeze well after they have already been baked! Just let them defrost in the fridge.
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