‘Tis the season for celebrations with family and friends, gifts, a renewed appreciation for elastic waistbands, and unfortunately, stress. Stress is the number one reason breast milk supply will decrease. And hopefully you’re going to have a wonderful, rejuvenating visit with the in-laws -- but if you need a little boost (or you just like cookies), lactation cookies can help! This is a great activity to do as a family and these sweet treats can also help support your breast milk supply.
Do you already have a cookie recipe you just love? Great! There’s no need to reinvent the wheel -- check out the list below and see if you can add in some of the ingredients to help boost your breast milk supply.
- Brewer’s Yeast
- Fenugreek Seeds
- Dried Apricots, Figs and Dates
- Coconut Milk, Coconut Oil
- Flaxseed, Flaxseed Oil
- Wheat Germ
- Chia Seeds
If you don’t have a go-to recipe you want to modify, check out this lactation cookie recipe with a holiday twist from Baby Chick.
- 2 cups of butter
- 1 1/4 cups of brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon of vanilla
- 2 cups of oats
- 1-1/2 cups of all purpose flour
- Pinch of salt
- 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
- 3 tablespoons of brewer’s yeast
- 1/4 cup of milled flax seed
- 1/2 cup of dried cranberries
- 1/2 cup of chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup of chopped pecans
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Let 2 cups of butter reach room temperature. Combine butter and 1 1/4 cup of brown sugar in a large mixing bowl.
- Add 1 egg and 1 teaspoon (or more, to taste) of vanilla. Mix until light and fluffy.
- Add 2 cups of oats, 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour, a pinch of salt, 1/2 teaspoon (or more) of cinnamon, 3 tablespoons brewer’s yeast, and 1/4 cup milled flax seed to the mixing bowl. Stir until well combined.
- Finally, add no more than 2 cups total of mix-ins of your choice. We used 1/2 cup dried cranberries, 1/2 cup chocolate chips, and 1/2 cup chopped pecans. Other options include shredded coconut, raisins, and other dried fruits like apricots.
- Bake for 11 to 12 minutes.
- Allow to cool, and then enjoy!
Pro tip: make a double batch so you’ll have extra dough to freeze. It’s nice to be able to just pop a few cookies in the oven so you can enjoy them later, especially if you notice a drop in your milk supply. Happy holidays, mamas!
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