Lactation Cookie Recipe {with Oats, Flaxseed, and Dark Chocolate}

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What is a lactation cookie?

First of all, it’s really just a healthy cookie.  Anyone can eat them! They are simply Oatmeal and Flax-seed Chocolate chip cookies!  BUT,these cookies contain herbs or foods known as galactagogues:

“Galactogogues are herbs or medications used to stimulate an increase in milk production.” [1]

Steel cut oats are known as a galactagogue and are an excellent source of iron for nursing mothers.

Iron is important for fueling our circulatory system.  See my post on Know Your Iron Intake.  It is very important after the blood loss during childbirth to keep your iron levels up!

The Brewer’s yeast  also may be a galactagogue. The oats and fiber from the flax-seed  will  help keep your bowels regular post-baby.  Flax seed is also rich in Omega 3’s and Lignans which is good for baby’s brain development.

These oat cookies make it easy to obtain oats on the go (and the chocolate is a yummy treat). If you are a purest  and avoid caffeine or a vegan you can skip the chocolate or go for carob chips.

Lactation Cookie Recipe:

Preheat oven to 335-340 degrees F. Spray a cooking sheet.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp allspice or nutmeg (optional)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon (I prefer 2 tsps)
  • 2 TBSP Brewer’s Yeast
  • 3 TBSP flax seed soaked in 3 TBSP warm water (5 minute soak)
  • 1 whole egg (vegan alternative is a flaxseed “egg” (1 TBSP flaxseed soaked in 1 TBSP warm water)
  • ½ cup butter (vegan alternative is ½ to 3/4 cup solid organic coconut oil)
  • 1 TBSP vanilla extract
  • 3 TBSP Honey
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ¾- 1 cup dark chocolate chips
  • ¾ cup organic Oatmeal
  • ¾ cup organic Steel Cut Oats

How to:

  1.  Cream butter and sugar.
  2. Add flax seed, egg, vanilla, and honey. Mix well.
  3. Mix together dry ingredients then slowly add dry ingredients to the wet mixture.
  4. Mix in both oatmeal’s and the chocolate chips until all ingredients are incorporated.
  5. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Do not over bake.
  6. Cool and enjoy. These freeze “okay” but I think they are best fresh.

My kids love these cookies. They are heart healthy and the perfect on the go snack for the breastfeeding mommy!

Note: You can also add 1 TBSP of Chai seeds to the recipe if desired. Add a 1 tsp. water if you add Chai seeds.

Feel free to print this recipe and share with friends! I recommend eating 2-3 cookies per day for lactating mothers.

 

Also check out this quick article from one of my favorite breastfeeding sites: Kellymom.com  about oatmeal and milk supply:

Also ask yourself, is my supply truly low?  Is baby wetting enough diapers, is baby a “snacker” or “attacker” at the breast, what is enough breast milk anyway?

Breastfeeding is all about supply and demand (and a good latch).  Your body will produce what the baby needs if you are healthy. It matches content and amount to what your baby needs, as baby grows older your breast milk changes to match their needs. Some women produce more than others, so it cannot be compared.

Of course the first time mom has a learning curve. For something so natural, it surely is not easy sometimes. Our bodies are healing, milk arrival can be delayed by a C-section, and if you go back to work pumping and nursing takes time and effort to navigate.

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Some women will sware by galactagogues to increase supply and for some women they may not aid much. It is worth a try and I had good experiences with both hops and steel cut oats.

I ate steel cut oats often while breastfeeding my second child and I personally noticed an increase in milk supply the next day when I had oats the previous evening.

Click for  a Kellymom  article on galactagogue’s.

 

“Remember that any galactagogue will be most effective in increasing milk supply when combined with increased breastfeeding frequency and milk removal.”

– Kellymom.com

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Natural Galactogogues include:

  • Fenugreek
  • Alfalfa
  • Fennel
  • Anise/Aniseed
  • Milk Thistle [1]
  • Hops  (herbal or beer) Note: you cannot drink alcohol until your baby sleeps through the night and beer can cause dehydration which can cause a decrease milk supply.  IPA’s often have a higher alcohol % content, so be wary of this as well.

There are teas,  supplements, and tinctures sold at herbal shops and health food stores, but they are not without possible side effects.  For example, Fenugreek may make you smell like maple syrup and increase sweating. True, I tried it. [1]

Always choose high quality products and always consult with your Primary Care Doctor and your baby’s pediatrician PRIOR to use. I cannot stress this enough.

Breastfeeding is trial and error.  So grab a healthy cookie, relax, and nurse your baby!

If you need assistance, La Leche League is a great resource for advice. You can find a local educator that you can call or email for help. www.llli.org

You can also check out this compilation article Mom’s Best Breastfeeding Advice.


Sources:

  1.  February 2008.  University of Wisconsin: School of Medicine and Public Health Article. Natural Galactogogues-Supplement Sampler.   www.fammed.wisc.edu

 

 

 

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