I never thought that I would have to worry about milk supply with a one year old, but alas. Little M turned 14 months and started nursing like an infant again (growth spurt? developmental leap? who knows!), and my boobs just can’t keep up! I’ve been upping my lactogenic tinctures and eating more milk boosting foods in general (read my 6 Ways to Boost Milk Supply for details on both of those), but I needed a little extra oomph. That’s where these delicious lactation cookies came in! Seriously, this recipe is the best one I’ve found, and I’ve searched far and wide.
These lactation cookies are loaded with oats, brewer’s yeast, almonds, and flax — all super milk boosting foods, and have the added benefit of healthy fats (grass-fed butter, coconut oil and flakes, and eggs) to keep a nursing mama going strong. Remember, while you’re nursing is NEVER the time to go low-fat or skimp on your nutrients. Your body prioritizes your own functions first, so if there isn’t enough healthy fat in your diet (emphasis on the healthy — ice cream and burgers don’t count), your milk supply will suffer.
The addition of dark chocolate chunks makes the cookies a little sinful, while still being oh-s0-healthy. Better to get our sweet fix from a food that is doing our bodies a load of good than to sneak less-than-ideal sweets out of the cupboard while nobody is looking… Right?!
I limit myself to 2 cookies a day (one with my after-lunch Mother’s Milk Tea, and one before M’s bedtime) and can attest to the fact that these delicious cookies really work! My supply has increased in just one day, and my mood is much improved as well ; )