“No,” I told my husband’s snickering friend. “These lactation cookies aren’t cookies made with breast milk. They’re cookies formulated to boost breast milk.” He was still a bit reluctant to try them, though. Which is a shame, because this lactation cookie recipe is so delicious.
Bring on the galactagogues
This lactation cookie recipe is chocked full of “galactagogues,” which are foods that may promote or increase the flow of mother’s milk. Though there are no definitive studies that support food/herb-based galactagogues, too many moms experiences say otherwise.
But, let me be clear, if any mama is struggling with low breastmilk supply, the first thing she needs to do is consult with an IBCLC-certified Lactation Consultant. If funds are tight, she could go to a La Leche League meeting or check out Breastfeeding USA. Often chronic low milk supply can be tied to other anatomical issues like tongue or lip ties in babies or hormonal imbalance or insufficient glandular tissue in mom. It’s important to get help fast to address these issues (and perhaps get on a pumping plan).
But, if your breastfeeding relationship is going well, and you’d like to give your breastmilk a little boost, these may help. I found them helpful to make a few batches, freeze, and then eat a few cookies (if I must 🙂 at one sitting as needed. Of course, the way I make these cookies doesn’t really qualify as dessert (they’re not that sweet). Think of them more as a scone or yummy granola bar cookie. I fed these to my husband, son, and some friends that came over, and everyone loved them. And no, these cookies won’t cause children or men to lactate (although you may wanna let them believe that so you can keep the cookies all to yourself 🙂 )
Most store-bought lactation cookies are made with junk
Yes, similar to teething biscuits, most lactation cookies on the market contain soybean oil, refined sugars, and/or gluten. Boo!
Additionally, the majority of recipes online contain flaxseed or flaxseed meal. While not necessarily a “bad” food, flax can oxidize and become rancid when heated. That’s because flax contains a delicate and unstable fatty acid profile. So I omitted this ingredient and used fennel instead, which can deliver the same pro-milk qualities without any issues with rancidity. Plus, the fennel adds a wonderful flavor!
More milk makin’ ingredients
The foundation of this recipe is oats. Known for their pro-lactating qualities, they make a wonderful gluten-free flour alternative. I also added brewer’s yeast, a known galactagogue by many. I like this one because it is derived from non-GMO beets, is gluten free and doesn’t feed yeast. And unlike so many brands out there, it doesn’t contain added synthetic vitamins.
Coconut oil also figures into the recipe, since the fatty acid profile is very supportive for healthy breast milk. And good old almond butter can boost supply – and add a nutty yumminess.
So, without further ado, here’s my recipe for delicious and effective lactation cookies. I hope these bring you more milk and enjoyment during your postpartum days!
Lactation Cookie Recipe Ingredients
Lactation Cookie Recipe Directions
- Pre-heat oven at 350 degrees fahrenheit.
- Put your 2 cups of rolled oats into a high speed blender or food processor. Blend until the oats are a flour-like consistency.
- Measure out 1 TB of fennel seeds and grind in coffee grinder or with mortal and pestle until fine powder.
- Put dry ingredients into large bowl and mix.
- In a smaller bowl, put your almond butter, melted coconut oil, honey, eggs and vanilla extract. Mix well.
- Pour the contents of smaller bowl into the dry ingredient bowl. Mix well with spoon or clean hands.
- Grease a cookie sheet with coconut oil. Form small flat balls, about the circumference of a silver dollar.
- Bake cookies in oven for 15-20 minutes. Check for slightest browning on outside of cookie.
- Take out and transfer cookies to a cooling rack.
- Enjoy warm, or let cookies cool to room temperature. Then store in an air-tight glass container.
- Enjoy for breakfast with raw milk or yogurt. Or as a dessert or snack throughout day. This lactation cookie recipe would be delicious in an ice cream sandwich too 🙂
Please share this lactation cookie recipe with any mamas who could use a boost! And ENJOY!