My kitchen smells like beer. To the point that I think my husband might eat these cookies before I even begin lactating!
Lactation cookies, as they are traditionally called, consist of two key ingredients (one of these is found in beer as well) that supposedly increase a nursing mother's milk supply. There is a lot of rumours around if they actually work or not, and to be honest, I'm not entirely sure of their validity From mother's I have surveyed who ate them during breast feeding, I gather that... increase your milk supply they do! Suffice to say, I've made a batch of my own to freeze for the next week or so in anticipation of our active unborn son (seriously the guy does not stop whacking me in the ribs).
Asides from eliminating the usual dose of refined sugar by swapping it out for a reduced amount of honey and adding a few interesting spices, the two key ingredients of lactation cookies include; savoury yeast and ground flaxseed.
Thought to boost iron, protein, B-vitamins (which increase energy creation), and mineral stores in the mother. This is extremely important for rebuilding your nutrient stores postpartum, especially iron and your energy levels as you feed through the night. Yeast is also used as it is believed to “jump-start” your production of breast milk and increase your supply.
Helps to increase the amount of ALA in breast milk. ALA is converted into DHA (omega-3 fatty acids), which is crucial for supporting brain development and function in a newborn.
The best thing about this recipe is that you can make them in advance and freeze them for when needed. Just take one out of the freezer, eat right away or allow to thaw for 5 or so minutes and enjoy with a cup of tea.
Some people like to add chocolate pieces to them to make them more of a 'sweet treat.' You could instead use cacao nibs if you wanted to.
Lastly, considering this is a post on pregnancy and breastfeeding, I couldn't help but add a few snaps of our nursery as I'm pretty excited about introducing our wee man to his new room...
Breastfeeding (Lactation) Cookies
2 1/4 cups whole oats
3 Tbsp savoury yeast flakes
2 Tbsp ground flaxseed
2 Tbsp buckwheat flour (or a flour of your choice)
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 cup raw honey
100 grams butter, melted
- Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees.
- Mix dry ingredients together in a medium sized bowl.
- Add all wet ingredients and mix well.
- Allow to sit for a few minutes. This allows the butter to cool down, which I found made it easier to roll the mixture into balls.
- Roll the mixture into 1 tablespoon-sized balls and place them on a lined tray. Press down on each ball using either a fork or your fingers - make sure to press the mixture together into a nice shaped cookie.
- Place in the oven and cook for 10 - 11 minutes. Keep an eye on the cookies so they don't burn.
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely on the oven tray.
- Store in an airtight container for up to a week, or freeze for a couple months.
Feed, nourish, value yourself.