For the first post in the new “The First Year” breastfeeding mini-series, I thought it would be fun to write about my experience making lactation cookies this past weekend.
But what are lactation cookies? I didn’t realize until after I posted on my Facebook page that I was baking them that some people actually thought these somehow involved a recipe using breastmilk!
NO WORRIES! These cookies are meant to foster healthy milk production…and it takes NO actual milk to make them!
Even though I breastfed my first daughter for almost 2 years and have breastfed my second for nearly 8 months, I had never even heard of lactation cookies until about a month ago.
Later, when I found out the premise behind the cookies is to provide a nutrient-dense snack full of galactogogues (ingredients like oats, flax seed and nutritional yeast that can help increase breast milk production), I wondered if I couldn’t just make them myself. Sure, the pre-packaged cookies tasted great and are super convenient for busy moms, but they are outside of my family’s budget.
I scoured the internet and found tons of recipes for so-called lactation cookies. However, many of these recipes are chock-full of sugar and had just a little bit of galactogogues.
I was disappointed, but I kept searching. I finally stumbled upon a recipe at Peaceful Parenting*. Although there are still things about this recipe I want to tweak (specifically, I’d like to convert the sugar to either honey or sucanat), overall, I am extremely satisfied.
These cookies tasted great (although not sweet enough for my husband!), and for those wondering, YES, I did see a very noticeable increase in my milk production within 24 hours! (It is recommended to eat 1-2 cookies per day. I liked these so much that I, um…ate quite a bit more over the weekend!)
I hope you all like this recipe as much as I did! (These are perfectly fine to give your children and hubbies! Don’t worry–it won’t make them produce milk! 🙂 I actually fed these to my 3-year-old for breakfast. She LOVES them!
Homemade Lactation Cookies
- 1 1/2 c. whole wheat flour
- 1 3/4 c. rolled oats
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 3/4 c. peanut butter
- 1/2 c. butter, softened
- 1 c. ground flax seed
- 3 T brewer's yeast (found here, here, here, or your local healthfood store)
- 1/3 c. water
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 c. sucanat (original recipe calls for 1/2 c. sugar and 1/2 c. brown sugar)
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 large eggs
- 2 c. (12oz) chocolate chips (I recommend organic or chips made with non-GMO soy lethicin.)
- 1 c. chopped nuts of your choice (I left mine out since my husband is allergic to tree nuts.)
- Combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt in a bowl.
- In a large bowl, beat almond butter, butter, sugar, brown sugar, vanilla, brewer's yeast, flax and water until creamy.
- Mix in eggs.
- Gradually beat in flour mixture. Mix in nuts and chocolate chips. Slowly mix in oats. Place Tbsp.-sized balls of dough onto greased cookie sheets.
- Press down each ball lightly with a fork.
- Bake 12 minutes at 350F.
- Allow to cool.
Adapted from Original Recipe by Kathleen Major
Have you ever made lactation cookies? Would you like to share your recipe?
*I have not read any more of the Peaceful Parenting’s posts. Therefore, I can endorse this recipe, but I cannot endorse her blog.