recipe by: Julia Davie, Registered Holistic Nutritionist
These cookies were created by a mother of 2 who uses this exact recipe to help her own milk production during breastfeeding. The cookies are designed to help maintain milk production, and can even increase it in some women. While there is no scientific research on the effectiveness of lactation cookies, the anecdotal evidence from women who experience noticeable increases in breastmilk production is astounding! When making these lactation cookies, try to use organic and local ingredients wherever possible. (They're better for you, and for baby!)
The cookies work because of the magical combination of rolled oats, brewer's yeast, flax, and coconut oil. The most important of these is the brewer's yeast: we added some naturally sweet ingredients in the recipe to help counteract its bitter taste. If you're already breastfeeding, you could also try eating the dough: it seems to be even more effective at increasing breastmilk supply!
Flax seeds are high in omega-3 and dietary fibre, and they contain calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc and potassium. These healthy cookies are high in fibre and low in cholesterol, meaning that they will not only give your breastmilk production a boost, but they’ll support a healthy, happy heart and body too.
**IMPORTANT NOTE: When it comes to lactation cookies, definitely don't leave out or substitute the brewer's yeast: it’s one of the main ingredients that makes them work the way they do! Nutritional yeast and baker's yeast are different, and will not work in the same way.
2 ½ cups certified gluten-free organic rolled oats
4 tbsp. whole flax seeds
½ cup almond milk
½ cup almond butter
½ cup coconut oil
1 cup coconut sugar
4 heaping tbsp. brewer's yeast **see Important Note, above
2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
½ tsp. aluminum free baking soda
½ tsp. Himalayan salt
½ cup organic dark chocolate chips
Enjoy! Happy breastfeeding!
If you're having problems breastfeeding, do not fret! Most problems that people experience are preventable and fixable: just ask someone who's done it. Usually, breastfeeding difficulties are caused by incorrect latch or scheduled feeding, and only a small percentage are caused by medical conditions (like hypoplasia in Mom (which is insufficient glandular breast tissue), or Baby with lip-tie or tongue-tied).
For support with your breastfeeding, please contact the La Leche League or hire a lactation consultant to help get to the root of the problem.
Click here to access a list of additional Breastfeeding Supports in the City of Ottawa.
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