Lactation Support

One of the biggest struggles I have had while nursing my girl is the constant worry of, “Am I producing enough milk!?

I think all new moms ask themselves that question numerous times and always have a sense of doubt throughout their nursing relationship.

Currently, my girl is 10.5 months old and so far, we’ve had a pretty spectacular time nursing. We’ve had some tough times here and there, but, overall I can’t complain! I truly consider it a blessing that I am able to nurse- it means the world to me and I am thankful everyday.

If you were unable to nurse at all or were only able to nurse for a short time- you STILL rock and don’t let anyone tell you differently! As a mama, you are doing the best you can for your little one(s) and that is ALL the matters. No ifs, ands, or buts!

One thing I make frequently is Lactation Cookies! They’re delicious and have several ingredients that can help boost your supply.

Note- these cookies do NOT create a milk supply out of nowhere. For the cookies to be truly effective for their purpose, you need to already be effectively emptying the breast either by pump or nursing kiddo! Also, although they are called “Lactation Cookies”, your kids, husband, mom, uncle, etc. can eat them and they will not start lactating! Promise! Before you try all different kinds of things for your supply, I HIGHLY recommend meeting with a certified lactation consultant or counselor.

My absolute favorite recipe is from The Milk Meg– they taste great, they’re super easy, and super quick which is a plus when you have needy little humans demanding your attention! :)

When I make these, I usually make a double batch. You can freeze some if you’d like as well! I love munching on a couple of these while I nurse my little one throughout the day!

Lactation Cookies- The Milk Meg

*I have added some notes about changes I’ve made or clarifications*

Ingredients:
1 cup coconut oil (extra virgin cold pressed)
1 cup sugar (I use half brown sugar and half white sugar)
4 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons flaxseed meal (NOT whole flaxseeds- they need to be ground which can be done in a food processor or coffee bean grinder)
2 eggs
1/2 cup yogurt (I use organic vanilla)
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
3 cups oats
1 cup of nuts/chocolate chips/dried fruit, etc. (I use walnuts, dark chocolate chips, coconut flakes, raisins, etc!)
4 tablespoons brewer’s yeast (most important ingredient! You can purchase this at most health food stores (i.e. Whole Foods, Sprouts, Natural Grocers). I just order this one through Amazon!)

Directions:
-Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (180 degrees Celsius)
-Add water in a small bowl and mix the flaxseed into it
-Mix coconut oil, sugar, eggs, and yogurt into the water/flaxseed mixture
-Add dry ingredients into a large bowl and mix well
-Add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until well mixed
-Spoon out onto baking sheet (whatever size you want- they do not expand too much, just be sure to space them out so they have a little room!)

Cook in the oven for 10-15 minutes depending on the size of the cookies.

Source: http://themilkmeg.com/lactation-cookies-recipe-step-by-step-eating-your-way-to-an-increased-milk-supply/


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2 thoughts on “Lactation Support

  1. Should you take these cookies before your baby is born or only after ? I have noticed that I already have colostrum , I been having it since around 20 weeks or so .
    I have heard of people buying these cookies , but never found a good recipe on how to make them at home . I know oatmeal helped my supply a lot , and I’m wondering if I should start eating them now or just wait until after baby boy is here .

    OMG IM SO EXCITED !

    1. Samantha- These cookies are SOOOOO good. No joke. Honestly, I’d wait til after your boy is here. As long as you are nursing on demand, you should have no problems with establishing your supply once your milk comes in! And don’t be discouraged if it takes a couple of days for your mature milk to come in- totally normal! Nursing on demand (although exhausting some days) will be the best thing for your supply. The more baby nurses, the more milk you will make and don’t freak out if you don’t pump a ton all the time- pumping output has NO correlation with how much milk you actually produce and how much baby is eating. As long as he’s having enough wet diapers and he’s gaining (even if it’s slowly), you’re doing perfect!

      P.S. You can make a huge batch of these cookies and freeze them too! :) Let me know how you like them!

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