Family-Friendly Lactation Oat Cookie Recipe

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Breastfeeding mamas - rejoice!

A cookie that can help boost your milk supply? Plus a yummy treat your whole family will enjoy? YES, please!

Do Lactation Cookies Really Help?

What is all the rage with lactation cookies, and can they really help boost your milk supply?

Including natural galactogogues (a substance that can support lactation) from food sources in your diet while breastfeeding can help maintain or increase your milk supply.

Lactation cookies can be an easy and wholesome way to combine several ingredients that can naturally help support your milk supply, including:

●      Whole Grain Rolled Oats

●      Brewer’s Yeast

●      Flaxseed

●      Coconut oil

These ingredients are nutrient-dense and offer a boost of B-vitamins, iron and other minerals, healthy fats, and probiotics that are helpful for postpartum and breastfeeding mamas.

The combination of these ingredients in a cookie makes it an easy, practical (and tasty) snack for a busy, breastfeeding mama. Add a glass of your favorite milk (regular, almond, soy, etc), and you have yourself a balanced snack - perfect for optimizing nutrition and meeting your increased energy needs while nursing your little one throughout the day. 

Can Anyone in the Family Eat Lactation Oat Cookies?

The good news is that your whole family can enjoy this delicious cookie recipe. You don’t have to be a breastfeeding mama to eat lactation cookies. And contrary to the popular belief, eating lactation cookies won’t somehow make you start producing milk if you aren’t breastfeeding.

That means you can whip up a batch of these not only for yourself but for the rest of your family, including older kiddos and daddy, too! If you are not making these for the purpose of supporting breastfeeding, you can always omit the brewer's yeast.

Dairy-free Lactation Cookie Option for Breastfeeding Mamas

If you or your little one can’t tolerate dairy, you can omit the chocolate chips or substitute with dairy-free chocolate chips. Using coconut oil instead of butter also makes these lactation cookies a dairy-free option that is safe to eat while breastfeeding your baby.

Family-Friendly Lactation Oat Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2 Cups Whole Rolled Oats (Old Fashioned)

  • 1 Cup All-Purpose Flour

  • 1.5 Tbsp Ground Flaxseed

  • 4 Tbsp Brewer’s Yeast

  • ⅔ Cup Light Brown Sugar

  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract

  • 1 tsp Baking Soda

  • 1 cup Coconut Oil (solid)

  • 2 Eggs

  • ½ teaspoon sea salt

  • ¾ Cup Cup Chocolate Chips (Chose Dairy-Free Option if Needed)

Optional: Ground Hemp Seeds, Raisins, Dried Cranberries, Chopped Walnuts, Sliced Almonds, etc.

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. In a large bowl, use a hand mixer to combine coconut oil and brown sugar - mix until fully combined. Add vanilla extract and eggs, mix well.

  3. In a separate bowl, combine rolled oats, flour, ground flaxseed, brewers yeast, baking soda, and sea salt. Gently stir to combine.

  4. Slowly add dry ingredients to wet ingredients while mixing on low. Use mixer to incorporate all ingredients until well combined. Add chocolate chips and fold into the mix gently.

  5. Scoop dough onto lined cookie sheets and bake for 12-15 minutes, or until cookies are turning golden brown. Allow to cool before you enjoy eating!

*Note: These cookies can stay fresh in an airtight container for up to 1 week, or you can keep extras in your freezer! If you are a pregnant mama, these would be great to make as part of your postpartum freezer stash of meals before your baby comes!

While the addition of natural galactogogues in your diet can help support breastfeeding, keep in mind that these cannot fix an underlying issue that may be causing fluctuations in breast milk, like poor latching or overall lack in maternal nutrition.

If you are concerned about a sudden dip in your milk supply, be sure to connect with a Lactation Consultant to help address any underlying causes. Aiming for a balanced diet, staying hydrated, and nursing frequently and often can help you maintain your milk supply (along with your favorite lactation cookies!).