Lactation Cookies

When S and I chose to induce lactation into our ANR, I was determined to do so naturally, without the aid of herbal supplements, so imagine my surprise when I discovered these amazing lactation cookies!

Who would have dreamed that making milk could taste so delicious?

These cookies contain three main ingredients that are known to increase milk supply–oats, flax seed, and brewer’s yeast. And they are really delicious when baked into a homemade cookie.

I have been following a strict clean green eating regimen for the last three years, but I have begun to indulge (in moderation, of course) in these nutritious cookies because they are high in fiber and low in cholesterol, which makes for a healthy heart and body while they give your breasts a boost.

You can experiment with these cookies and make them to your liking as long as you remember to add the three ingredients that give them their breast milk making magical powers: the oats (the old-fashioned, slow cooking variety), flax, and brewer’s yeast.

I, personally, omit the chocolate chips from my recipe, and sometimes add raisins. (I love raisins–they’re chock-full of iron!) Another tip is to purchase milled (ground) flax meal, as it is easier to digest than flax seeds.

This recipe yields 2-4 dozen cookies depending on the size you make them. If you end up with a really big batch of cookies, you can store them in the freezer and thaw them when needed. Eat as many as you like per serving; I eat 2 in the morning, and have been eating 1 in the evening before S’ feeding.

They are perfect for nursing wives and breastfeeding moms, and if your husband is a cookie lover, he can have some, too; he won’t start to lactate, I promise! (But you might want to tell him he will so he’ll leave your cookies alone.)

Lactation Cookies

Ingredients:

1 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
4 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons flax seed (milled or meal)
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
3 cups old-fashioned slow cooking oats
1 cup chocolate chips or chunks
3 tablespoons brewer’s yeast

Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
2. In a small bowl, mix the flax seed meal and water and let set for 3-5 minutes.
3. In a separate bowl, beat together butter, sugar, and brown sugar well. Add eggs, mixing well between each addition.
4. Add flaxseed mixture and vanilla, and beat well.
5. Sift together flour, brewers yeast, baking soda, and salt.
6. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix well.
7. Stir in oats and chocolate chips.
8. Drop batter by rounded tablespoons onto greased baking sheets.
9. Bake for 12 minutes or until cookies are firm to the touch and light golden-brown.
10. Remove from oven. Allow cookies to set for 1-2 minutes before transferring them to wire racks to cool completely.

Nutty Peanut Butter Lactation Cookies

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups  flour
2 cups old-fashioned slow cooking oats
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup peanut butter or almond butter
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup flax seed (milled or meal)
3 tablespoons brewer’s yeast
1/3 cup water
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 large eggs
2 cups  chocolate chips or chunks
1 cup chopped nuts of your choice

Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
2. In a medium mixing bowl, combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.
3. In a large mixing bowl, beat together almond butter or peanut butter, butter, sugar, brown sugar, vanilla, brewer’s yeast, flax meal, and water until creamy.
4. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
5. Gradually stir flour mixture into wet ingredients.
6. Add in nuts and chocolate chips.
7. Gently fold in oats.
8. Drop rounded tablespoons of dough onto greased baking sheets.
9. Bake in preheated oven for 12 minutes until cookies are firm and lightly golden brown.
10. Remove from oven and allow to rest on pans before transferring cookies to wire racks to cool completely.

Let me know if these work for you!

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