Getting this one in a little late … but better late than never! Last week was World Breastfeeding Week and the focus this year was on Working and Breastfeeding. I personally did not have to face the challenge of keeping my milk supply up while working outside the home, but have friends and family members who have successfully returned to work and continued their breastfeeding journey with their little one. One of the things that helped them was a lactation cookie to snack on while pumping. I DID have milk supply challenges, and this is one of the ways that I boosted my milk supply. Whether you stay home with your little one or return to work after maternity leave, this cookie will help boost your milk supply with its whole oats, brewer’s yeast, and flaxseed to give you that galactagogue boost. I found this recipe and a wealth of information over on Dr.Momma.org. Click here to go to the original post back in 2010. There is also information to how to make this vegan!
So take two cookies a day and enjoy!
If you give these as a gift to a breastfeeding mom, might I suggest baking up a dozen and freezing the rest in a ziplock freezer bag so that the mom can make them as she needs them? This is what I have done for my friends who just had babies … when I take a meal over to them, I also make these cookies for dessert and include the frozen ones for their freezer. It’s a gift that keeps on giving!
Recipe by Kathleen Major at http://drmomma.com
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. butter, softened
1 c. flax
3 T brewer’s yeast
1/3 c. water
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 c. sugar
1/2 c. brown sugar (I used SUCANUT)
2 tsp vanilla
2 large eggs
2 c. (12oz) chocolate chips (Can sub out raisins or dried cranberries if you don’t want chocolate)
1 c. chopped nuts of your choice (pecans for me!)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
Combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt in a bowl. In a large bowl, beat almond butter, butter, sugar, brown sugar, vanilla, brewer’s yeast, flax and water until creamy. Mix in eggs. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Mix in nuts and chocolate chips. Add oats slowly, mixing along the way. Place balls of dough onto greased baking sheets or baking stones. Press down each ball lightly with a fork. Bake 12 minutes.
*** I personally changed a few things in this recipe. I used sucanut in place of brown sugar like I do in most of my recipes. My favorite nut is the pecan, so I used it in this recipe. Also if you want to avoid chocolate, you can use raisins or dried cranberries in place of the chocolate chips.
If you don’t have time to make cookies, you can buy cookies from Milkin’ Cookies! They are SO tasty and made by two mommies who were also doctors! Buy their Cranberry Almond Oatmeal cookie or their Oatmeal Chocolate Chip cookie and enjoy these for a snack. They also have a Dairy-Free Cranberry Almond Oatmeal cookie. Yum! These would be a GREAT baby shower gift for someone you love that is having a baby and planning to breastfeed. You can order a gift certificate for the expectant mom to use after the baby arrives!