Whoa. Whoa. Whoa. Hold on. Lactation cookies?! What are those?? Do they have breast milk in them? Will it cause someone to spontaneously lactate?! Why would I eat these?!
Calm down! Calm down! These are really just yummy cookies with a title that may turn you off a bit. There are no crazy ingredients in here nor will it cause someone to start lactating randomly. Promise. Instead, these cookies incorporate a few ingredients that are known galactagogues. What’s a galactagogue, you ask? Simple – something that promotes lactation. Some examples of foods or seasoning/herbs that encourage lactation include oatmeal, flaxseed, brewer’s yeast, and fenugreek. Lactation cookies usually combine three galactagogues in the recipe: oats, flaxseed meal, and brewer’s yeast. Again, these won’t make you spontaneously lactate (men, you reading this?!). I mean, how many times have you eaten oatmeal in your life? And how many times did you randomly leak breast milk? I’m guessing that number is close to 0. Instead, if you’re producing milk, they just kind of … help the process along. Many make lactation cookies when they’re experiencing a low supply. So, it’s a great way to encourage lactation while getting in a little yummy treat. Because one of my dearest friends just had a baby last night (gaahhhh!! So excited!), I, along with another awesome friend, helped put together a breastfeeding basket (yes, she indicated she would be, or at least trying, breastfeeding). The basket included some magazines, some nursing pads, hair ties and bobby pins, lotion and chapstick, and nipple cream. Here’s the basket we made for her:
I also wanted to make her some lactation cookies. Not because she has a low supply, but just to show her that there are some yummy ways to encourage your supply later on. I will be printing out the recipe and giving it to her for the future. So, let’s get started with the recipe!
What You’ll Need:
4 Cups Whole Wheat Flour
3 Cups Old Fashioned Oats, uncooked
2 tsp baking soda
3 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp sea salt
1 1/2 cups (or 3 sticks) of unsalted butter
2 cups of firmly packed brown sugar
4 tablespoons of water
1 tablespoon of flaxseed meal
4 tablespoons of brewer’s yeast
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 16-oz can of pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling, but pure pumpkin)
1 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup of chopped pecans
What You’ll Do:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a small bowl, mix the 4 tablespoons of water and 1 tablespoon of flaxseed meal and let sit for at least 5 minutes. In another bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, yeast, cinnamon, and salt and set aside. In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter until it is nice and creamy. Slowly beat in the brown sugar. Once that is done, add in the vanilla, egg, and flaxseed mix. Beat until smooth. Next, add in the pumpkin and mix well. Slowly add in your dry ingredients and mix well. Stir in your oats, chocolate chips, and pecans.
You can use your hands for this part to ensure all the oats get covered. You don’t want dry oats in your cookies! Place the dough in 1.5 inch lumps, about an inch or two apart.
Bake for 13-15 minutes. Remove from the oven and and cool on a cooling rack.
If you’re truly experiencing a low supply (and I mean truly experiencing a low supply and not just nervous about it), you can have up to 4 cookies per day. If you just want a great treat while you happen to be breastfeeding, well, pop a cookie every now and then! Good for you and baby (indirectly) and Tastes Oh-So-Good!
~ M ~