Lactation Cookies

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Easy, Effective, Yummy, Healthy Lactation Cookies

Most lactation cookies work, but are they healthy?

These cookies are scrumptious even though they are sugar free (refined sugar), dairy free and gluten free! They are great for the whole family. 

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“I eat these breast milk cookies in the morning and by the evening I have so much milk - I could donate some!" 

Important information

  • NB - If you are worried about your milk supply, please first read our article “is my baby drinking enough milk?". Read more about the causes of a low milk supply
  • Use organic ingredients where possible.
  • If you use our cookies in conjunction with the tips below, you should see a substantial increase in milk supply overnight.


Healthy Oats Lactation Cookies 

The strong flavor of brewers yeast in this recipe is masked by the added ingredients to make this not only delicious, but a powerful tool for increasing your milk supply. 

The brewers yeast can be left out if you want to make these cookies for your children - My kids love them. 

Ingredients

  • 3 Large, ripe mashed bananas
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 120ml coconut oil
  • 3 tbsp of almond butter
  • 3 tbsp  of peanut butter
  • 4 - 5 tbsp honey 
  • 3 tbsp cocoa nibs
  • 20 finely chopped almonds.
  • 4 tbsp ground flax seeds
  • 3 cups of raw oats
  • ⅔ cup of almond flour
  • 2 tbsp brewers yeast 
  • ½ tsp Himalayan salt
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking powder

Calories in whole batch is 3800. I divided mine into 30 large cookies so they were each about 125cal. 

How to make these lactation cookies

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  • Preheat your oven to 180°C (350°F).
  • Mix the mashed bananas with the vanilla extract, honey, warmed coconut oil and nut butters.
  • In another bowl mix together the dry ingredients. Stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients.
  • Form balls of dough. Place onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Flatten slightly with your fingers.
  • Bake for 10 minutes and turn them. Bake another 7 minutes until golden brown.
  • The cookies will still be soft, they harden as they cool.
  • The raw dough is actually quite yummy too. You could skip the oven and roll them into small balls and then into desiccated coconut. Then put them into the deep-freeze. Remove from freezer as needed. 

“ The best damn lactation cookies I’ve tried - the no bake cookies are my all time fav. “ ~ Stacey

“I struggled to find effective lactation cookies without eggs, so I’m so glad I found these. And now the whole family can enjoy them too" ~ Pet

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No Bake Lactation Cookies
(Lactation Cookies Recipe without Brewers Yeast)

Ingredients

  • 8 tbsp honey
  • 6 tbsp Coconut oil
  • 4 tbsp pumpkin seeds milled to a pulp
  • ½ cup sunflower seeds milled to a pulp
  • 3 tbsp whole sunflower seeds
  • 4 tbsp whole linseed (flax seed) 
  • ½  cup Cocoa powder
  • 1 cup desiccated coconut (plus a little extra for rolling)
  • ½  cup oats
  • ½  tsp salt
  • 1 tsp caramel essence

“These are wonderful because they are healthy and they work!" ~ Linda

"These no bake oatmeal lactation cookies have won in my books!". ~ Tracy

Mix all the ingredients together. Form into round balls (about 2 tbsp for each ball). Roll into extra desiccated coconut (optional). Freeze. Remove from freezer as needed.

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Why these Specific Ingredients for our Breast Milk Cookies?

Our breastfeeding cookies not only increase supply, but they increase the quality (richness) of breast milk by adding important vitamins, fats and nutrients to the mix.

  • Oats - Contains Saponins. Saponins help to increase levels of the lactation hormone Prolactin. They also increases Oxytocin (feel good hormone) levels, which is another important hormone for lactation. Oats are also full of protein, vitamins and minerals. More about oatmeal and your breast milk supply
  • Flaxseeds (linseed) - Contains high amounts of fatty acids. Giving you and your baby’s immune system a boost.
  • Brewers yeast - Contains a lot of Vit B.
  • Coconut oil - Increases the levels of lauric and capric acid in breast milk, therefore, your milk will contain an increased amount of antimicrobials. This means extra protection from viruses, bacteria and fungus (yeast infections) for you and your baby.

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How many Lactation Cookies should I Eat?

3 - 5 cookies should increase supply, but please do take into account your daily calorie limit when adding these to your diet. More than 5 cookies per day cannot harm you, but you might end up gaining some unwanted extra pounds. 

Our free weight loss diet plan for breastfeeding mothers. 


What else can Help to Increase a Low Milk Supply?

  • How to increase your flow of milk (let down reflex)
  • Increasing blood flow to the glands can increase supply.
  • Mother’s milk tea has been used by millions to increase supply.
  • Other foods that you could include into your diet that have a lactogenic effect.
  • Using breast compressions while breastfeeding can encourage let down and drain the breast more efficiently, therefore increasing supply.
  • Our homemade herbal tea guaranteed to make a difference.
  • Why lots of skin to skin contact is important (especially for milk supply).
  • Water intake while breastfeeding is important. A non-lactating woman needs to drink 1 cup (250ml) of water per 10kg of body weight, plus 1 extra per day. For example: If you weigh 80kg, you need to drink 9 cups of water per day. So if a non-lactating women needs that much water, how much more doesn’t a lactating mother need? I would suggest an extra two cups at least. Are you drinking enough water?
  • Avoid artificial nipples and dummies that take the place of your breast. Allowing comfort nursing is the best way to increase milk supply. 

If after using some of the advice on our website and trying this lactation recipe, you still have issues with a low milk supply, you should please contact a lactation consultant in your area.

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