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How to make lactation cookies (and why they work!)

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How to make lactation cookies (and why they work!)

I used this recipe on occasion during both of my breastfeeding journeys. Depending on the reason for a lactation increase, they work. Don’t worry though- you can also just eat them because they’re delicious. (In moderation! Metabolic dysfunction messes with lactation too!)

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oatmeal cookies that are also full of health benefits

The main functions this recipe has are in the oats, brewers yeast, and flax seed. Oats are a mild galactagogue- they can increase breastmilk. The reason oats increase milk supply is threefold. Milky oats are a time honored nervous system tonic, so they help with stress which can interfere with let down. (milky oats and steel cut oats aren’t the same! But some parts of this nervine component is still true.) Oats are soothing, which helps with inflammation that can be interfering. The biggest reason that they work though? They’re a complex carb. People notoriously undereat while they’re breastfeeding– and your body will preserve itself if it feels it needs to.

Brewer’s yeast is essentially a B-vitamin. That’s why some people tell you to drink a porter or other dark beer for milk supply- B vitamins are higher in those too. The yeast have a couple other functions too- they’re high in chromium, and they help regulate blood sugar. Improving metabolic function helps your body not worry about starving, and that helps with supply.

Flax seeds are a great source of fiber and omega 3’s. The fiber helps improve your digestion and the omega 3’s help your mood and help with milk supply- milk requires a vast amount of fats.

Depending on what was going on, sometimes I’d mix in other things for myself- like fenugreek if my blood sugar was doing weird things, blessed thistle for mood and digestion, shativari for hormone regulation, cinnamon for better blood flow, ginger for digestion….cooking with herbs is a real easy way to get them in, and many things come in a dried or powdered form that’s easy to mix in.

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups of steel cut/ old fashioned oatmeal
  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour ( I use namaste’s 1:1 gluten free flour)
  • 1 and 1/2 cups of brown sugar (can sub for honey at 1 cup)
  • 1 cup of  chocolate chips (if desired)
  • 1 cup of butter (can sub coconut oil, olive oil)
  • 4 tablespoons of water
  • 2-4 tablespoons of Brewers Yeast (be generous)
  • 2 eggs. (can sub applesauce or extra flax mixture)
  • 2 tablespoons of Flaxseed (grind beforehand or use flaxmeal. Can sub chia )
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon (can increase)
  • 1 teaspoon of aluminum free baking soda (more for fluffier cookies)
  • For an extra kick of protein you can add in 1/2 cup to 1 cup peanut butter.

Instructions

Preparation time is around 15-20  minutes.
Preheat the oven to 350F.
1) Mix together 2 tablespoons of flaxseed meal and water, set aside for 3-5 minutes.
2) Cream (beat well) butter and brown sugar. Add eggs one at a time, mix well.
3) Stir flaxseed mixture and add with vanilla to the butter mix. Beat until blended.
4) Sift together dry ingredients, except oats and chips.
5) Add to butter mixture. Stir in oats then chips.
6) Scoop or drop onto baking sheet. I’m lazy. Spooned it on.

Bake for 8-12 minutes, depending on size of cookies. Makes approximately 6 dozen cookies.

Your reaction to these cookies is dependent on your physiology and what your body needs.  I always did 2-4 cookies a day for a few days during clusterfeeding times, but your response and need may vary. If you need individualized help, schedule a consult with Adrienne here : http://vitalitynw.com/our-clinic/adrienne-koznek/ or come to our drop in lactation help times.

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