So I was “punched in the face” with mastitis last week. Literally the sickest I have ever been! Even though I have recovered from the mastitis my supply hasn’t so much. I found myself scouring the internet looking for ways to help this issue out and I came across lactation cookies. In an effort to do what I could to boost my supply again I thought I just have to try these cookies. What’s a girl to do but have a cookie or two to help it out? So I looked through a few recipes and decided on one that I found on AllRecipes. I modified this recipe just slightly. In researching I found that there were three main ingredients in lactation cookies that are supposed to up your supply.
Flaxseed Meal – Luckily I buy this stuff in bulk as it is high in Omega-3’s and I use it in smoothies, my oatmeal balls and on my oatmeal as well as other recipes I can squeeze it into. Flaxseed meal is considered a galactagogue which is a substance that improves lactation. Even if flaxseed did nothing to improve milk supply I would still probably put it in the cookies for it’s Omega-3 properties.
Brewer’s Yeast – This stuff I had to go out and find. I was able to find mine at a GNC store. It is another ingredient that is supposedly known to boost your milk supply. It also is high in the B Vitamins naturally. So even if it doesn’t boost your supply, again it is a good source of vitamins and wouldn’t hurt it to have in your cookies. There is maybe something to that thought that a can of beer boosts the milk supply? This does have a bit of a bitter taste to it. I was able to find some that was reduced bitterness. If I were not looking to boost my milk supply would I put this in my cookies…that’s debatable due to the slight bitterness but I would have to weigh it with the vitamin B benefits. Honestly, probably not…
Oatmeal – This is probably one of my very favorite foods. It has been my entire life according to my mom. I still have it for breakfast everyday. I buy it in bulk as well! Most nursing mom’s have heard that oatmeal is one of those ingredients to boost milk supply. Not only that but oatmeal provides iron and fiber that are essential for a good diet. I would for sure add oatmeal to any cookies I was making even if I weren’t looking to boost milk supply. You want to make sure you have true oats and not the instant stuff.
So here is the recipe I used. I will warn you that my no means is this low calorie. There are options out there were people have substituted honey and agave for sugar etc. My thought on it is if I am going to make a cookie, I am going to make a cookie.