I am a big breast feeding advocate and I say if you are lucky enough to be able to breast feed, then get those babies out whenever and wherever you little one needs it.
I was lucky enough to be able to feed my first girl till she was just over 2 years of age and am currently feeding my youngest who is almost 7 months. It's not like I am lacking in milk, but I thought I would give lactation cookies a go. Couldn't hurt right?
Do I think they increased my milk? Maybe. But probably not.
These cookies were delicious anyway. And don't worry if you're not breastfeeding, these cookies won't make you produce milk or anything wierd liek that.
Ingredients in these cookies that make better milk
Fats and Oils High fat foods like grass fed butter and coconut oil will increase the quality of your breast milk and help your baby put on good weight.
Almonds Full of vitamin E and Omega 3 as well as essential fatty acids and proteins, almonds contain the building blocks of seratonin, the happy hormone, which is essential in breastfeeding.
Oats Saponins present in oats will affect your pituitary gland and increase the hormones that make milk production occur.
Brewers Yeast Contains phytoestrogens, protein, B vitamins and iron, brewers yeast gives you and your baby energy. It's these compounds that gives credit to those old wives tales about beer increasing milk supply and let down.
Sesame Seeds High in calcium, these seeds help milk supply as well as the mineral content of your milk.
Choc Chip Lactation Cookies
Makes about 24 cookies
2 cups oats
1 3/4 buckwheat flour
1/2 cup coconut sugar or rapadura
1/2 cup LSA
4 tablespoons almond milk
3 tablespoons Brewers Yeast
250g grass fed butter, ghee or coconut oil
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1 tablespoons almond butter
1 tablespoon tahini
100g dark chocolate cut into chunks or dairy free choc chips
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/3 cup raisins, sulfur free
Thermomix or food processor
Baking tray lined with baking paper
Make Me Up
Pre heat your oven to 160degC.
Place all your ingredients, except your chocolate chips and raisins, in your food processor or thermomix and blitz till they all come together (thermomix speed 5/ 4min).
Mix in your raisins and choc chips on 2/ slow in reverse.
Scoop out 2 tablespoons at a time and roll into balls and place on your baking tray 3cm apart (they won't spread much) and press down the top with a fork. Repeat until all the mixture in used up.
Place your prepared cookies in the oven and bake for 15min until the top is golden and the cookies are slightly soft and springy in the middle.