Let's start off by saying kudos to you for breastfeeding! It is such a benefit to both baby and mom for their health and bonding. Nevertheless, it can feel a bit challenging sometimes to produce enough milk if a few days threw off your nursing schedule. This is where these cookies can aid in increasing your milk production! They are great sources of healthy calories and the ingredients known for increasing milk production. The three important ingredients in these cookies that help with milk production are oats, brewer’s yeast, and flax seed.
Oats are eaten by nursing moms worldwide to boost breast milk supply, and are a nutritional powerhouse, providing plenty of whole grains, fiber, iron, and an abundance of healthy vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
Brewer’s yeast is an ingredient that has also long been touted to increase milk supply. Brewer's yeast is one of the best natural sources of B vitamins, which are essential to overall health of a nursing mom, and amino acids essential for nursing moms and their babies. The boost of energy that comes from brewer's yeast consumption is worth including it in lactation cookies, or other things you bake.
Flax seed is considered by many to be a galactagogue (substance that improves lactation). It is also a great form of fiber and is packed with omega-3 fatty acids, which are absolutely crucial to a nursing mom's diet, as well as baby's diet.
Vegan Lactation Cookies
- 1 1/2 c. whole wheat flour
- 1 3/4 c. oats
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 3/4 c. almond butter or peanut butter
- 1/2 c. vegan butter, softened (or organic coconut oil)
- 1 c. ground flax
- 3 T brewer's yeast
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 2/3 c. agave nectar
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 3 flax eggs
- 2 c. chocolate chips
- 1 c. chopped nuts of choice
- Preheat oven to 350 °F
- Combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt in a bowl. In a separate large bowl, beat almond butter, vegan butter, agave nectar, vanilla, brewer's yeast, and flax until creamy. Mix in flax eggs. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Mix in nuts and chocolate chips. Add oats slowly, mixing along the way.
- Portion out dough into balls
- Place balls of dough onto greased baking sheets.
- Press down each ball lightly with a fork.
- Bake 12 minutes.
If cookies are not necessarily your style, you can make lactation muffins or even lactation smoothies.
For muffins, you can modify the cookie recipe above by adding 1 cup of almond milk, or enough to make it if of muffin batter consistency. Bake for 15 minutes until the muffins spring back when lightly pressed.
For smoothies, simply blend up your favorite combination and add some oatmeal, brewer’s yeast, and flaxseed right on in! You can even make your smoothies the night before and store them overnight in the refrigerator, and they are ready for you in the morning.
Just remember to have a variation of those three beneficial ingredients in whatever item you are creating and you’re one step closer to a better milk production!
Written by: Anna Cayot
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