There’s no two ways about it: if you decide to breastfeed, your life will completely revolve around feeding schedules for a fair while. And even if you’ve got the support from those around you, when your little one is screaming for more milk but your girls have momentarily given up and turned to sand, it can be pretty stressful. We are totally in the #fedisbest camp here at HoneyKids, but we also totally get how low a new mum can feel when breast milk production is not going the way you planned. The good news is that not only are there lots of ways to boost milk supplies, but one of the yummiest ways of all is by whipping up a batch (or ten) of lactation cookies! Here are the recipes we’ve tried, tested and wolfed by the batch-load…
The key ingredients of every lactation cookie
Regardless of the recipe, you’ll always find one or two of these galactagogues (something that helps boost mummy milk to the uninitiated) in lactation cookies: oats, brewer’s yeast, coconut oil and flax seeds. Make sure to have these on hand if you’re ready to bake, and if you’re feeling adventurous then do try your own combos of flavours for your own unique cookie (don’t forget to share the recipe with us!).
Contrary to popular belief, if you aren’t a nursing mother, you won’t lactate if you eat lactation cookies! But here’s a tip: the hubby and kids don’t have to know that. Feel free to tell them off if you catch them digging into your stash. Don’t worry, your secret’s safe with us!
Chocolate chip cookies
This How Sweet Eats recipe is so good that HoneyKids writer Jana’s hubby has been known to steal his wife’s stash. Chocolate chip cookies are everyone’s favourite! Unlike some less sweet lactation cookie recipes, a batch of these taste like the real deal chocolate chip cookies – the flaxseed or brewer’s yeast are well hidden amongst the deliciousness. If you’re a fan of thick, crunchy cookies, you’ll love these!
No bake lactation cookies
Waiting for something to bake (especially when you’re breastfeeding) can seemingly stretch for light years when you’re HANGRY. These Texanerin no bake lactation cookies are fuss-free and ready in a jiffy. If peanut butter isn’t your thing, substitute with almond butter. Pop the end result into the fridge, or even the freezer, and these bad boys will be good for a week. Chances are the supply will be long gone before then though…
Healthy lactation cookies
Lick My Spoon has one of the easiest recipes out there, and many a new (and seasoned) mum has sworn by these goodies, and they’re relatively healthy too. We love that they’re gluten free, dairy free and have no refined sugar added. This is mostly an oatmeal cookie bound together by mashed banana, peanut butter and coconut oil. Although the recipe calls for dark chocolate chunks, you can omit them if you’re trying to watch your calories. But we say go for it – you’re burning 500 calories breastfeeding anyway!
Apple cinnamon cookies
This Premeditated Leftovers apple cinnamon cookie recipe is like a much needed warm hug on a cold, rainy day – and especially perfect if you’ve been up all night with your little one. What we love most about this cookie recipe is that it has real butter and sugar in its make-up, which makes it more palatable if you aren’t fond of grainy tasting cookies. Make sure you have flax meal to hand rather than the usual flax seed for this one.
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