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Lactation + Milk Supply Boosting Recipes

May 10, 2021

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Okay, here’s my honesty right from the start. These lactation treats alone will NOT increase your milk supply. I wish eating a bunch of oatmeal chocolate chip cookies was all it takes – but it’s not. Eating the right foods, taking supplements, adding pumping sessions and nursing sessions – ALL of this is part of the milk supply story. But, if chocolate chip treats might help? Well then sign me up!

I’m going to share two of my favorite lactation promoting recipes below: Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Lactation Cookies and Oatmeal Peanut Butter Lactation Bites. Both of them include brewer’s yeast. This is one of the primary ingredients that often makes something more of a lactation promoting food – so don’t skip it. I usually have a hard time finding it at a traditional grocery store, but I can always find it at places like Sprouts, Trader Joes, Whole Foods, etc. You can also easily order if from Amazon. Oatmeal is another food commonly purported to encourage milk production, so you’ll find that in both recipes below too.

OATMEAL CHOCOLATE CHIP LACTATION COOKIES

Yield: 30-ish cookies

I’d encourage you to bake a batch or two of these before your little one shows up. I like to bake them ahead of time and then freeze them in bags of 6-12 or so. Once baby arrives, I then pull out one bag at a time and work my way through them those first couple weeks. Honestly, these are often my breakfast and/or that 4am ‘omg I am so hungry’ snack you so desperately need.

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 C oats
  • 1 C flour
  • 1/2 C wheat flour
  • 1/4 C ground flaxseed
  • 1/3 C brewers/nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 12 TBSP butter, soft
  • 4 TBSP coconut oil
  • 3/4 C white sugar
  • 1/4 C brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 C chocolate chips

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In electric mixer, beat together butter and oil on medium speed until creamy. Add sugars and beat 2-3 minutes, scraping down sides of bowl as needed. Add in eggs and beat until combined.

In separate bowl, whisk together all dry (remaining) ingredients. On low, slowly add this dry mixture into your wet mixture, again scraping sides as needed, just until combined. Stir in chocolate chips.

Scoop dough into approximately 1 TBSP scoops on cookie sheet and bake about 12 minutes.


OATMEAL PEANUT BUTTER LACTATION BITES

Yield: 16-ish bites

These I make on an as-needed basis. They are so quick to whip up and you have a lot of freedom in adding your own likes/dislikes – things like raisins, chopped nuts, sunflower seeds, etc. If the mixture ever starts to seem too wet or too dry, just add in a bit more peanut butter or a bit more oats until you can easily handle the mix and roll it into those bites.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 1/2 C oats
  • 2 TBSP ground flaxseed
  • 2 TBSP brewers/nutritional yeast
  • 3/4 C peanut butter (smooth or crunchy)
  • 4 TBSP honey
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 C mini chocolate chips

DIRECTIONS

Mix all ingredients in mixer. I do think an electric mixture (like a Kitchenaid) works best. If the mixture is too sticky to touch/shape, add a shake of oats. If the mixture is too dry, add another scoop of PB. There really is lots of freedom here!

Once the mixture is shapeable, use your hands to roll it into golf ball sized balls. I then refrigerate mine and pull them out when I want one!

As much as I love preparing these for myself, these are an awesome porch drop off for another new mama you know and love. That is my go-to ‘welcome baby’ treat often. I’d encourage you consider is for someone else as well.

If you make any fun modifications or additions, let me know in the comments.

xoxo,

Lo

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