Okay, if you are not a nursing mom, then feel free to just ignore this post. :)
Just like most nursing moms, I am always looking for ways to increase my supply. Since going back to work, I have noticed a slight decline in output when pumping. So, in order to combat this, I decided to try to make some “cookies” that are supposed to help increase your supply. I ate 2 of these cookie balls last night and today I was able to pump twice as much as I normal do. Yea! Since, I’m thinking these actually work, and they have the added benefits of being quick and easy to make and fairly healthy and pretty yummy, I thought I’d share the recipe. I took several different recipes that I found online and sort of came up with these that I think work pretty well. Enjoy!
No Bake Lactation Cookies/Balls
1 cup oatmeal ( I used half steel cut and half old fashioned)
1/2 cup flax seed
3 tablespoons of Brewer’s yeast
1/2 cup almond butter (can use peanut butter)
1/3 cup honey
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 cup chocolate chips (optional)
1 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
Mix all dry ingredients together.
Stir together the almond butter, honey, and vanilla.
Add in the dry ingredients.
Stir in the chocolate chips. (Note: You could use raisins, peanut butter chips, dried cherries, pretty much anything. I bet dark chocolate chips, dried cranberries, and dried cherries would be really good.)
Let chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
Form into balls. You can flatten them into more of a cookie shape if you would like.
Store in the refrigerator or freezer in an air tight container.
Basically, these work because oatmeal, flax seed, brewer’s yeast, and almonds are all said to increase your milk production.
You can kind of play around with the other ingredients, but as long as you have the basic brewer’s yeast, oatmeal, and flax seed in there you should be good.
Other things that you could add that are said to help milk production are: coconut, sunflower seeds, slivered almonds, ginger, dates, dried apricots, molasses, sesame seeds, and pumpkin seeds.