A Doula’s Recipe for Utterly Scrumptious Lactation Cookies
When I discovered lactation cookies, the nutritionist in me was skeptical. For real? Cookies to increase breast milk? It sounded too good to be true. And sometimes, it is— several brands on the market are shelf stable and full of refined sugars. That said, with a little creativity in the kitchen, you can make a version that is healthy and effective. As a doula, I’ve made these oatmeal lactation cookies for myself and several clients, who are now all believers.
The magic behind these cookies comes down to two ingredients: oats and brewer’s yeast.
Oats and brewer’s yeast are galactagogues, which is a fancy word for foods that increases the flow of a mother’s milk. The addition of grass-fed butter increases the fat content of breast milk, providing baby with vital brain nutrients such as DHA. These hearty cookies are packed with B vitamins, minerals, protein, and healthy fats making them an excellent snack for nursing mothers.
Bake them when you get a craving, or freeze the dough for up to 3 months to pop in the oven after baby arrives. Just make sure to bake extra, because the whole family won’t be able to resist. And tell your husband not to worry— it won’t make him lactate. (Or keep that bit to yourself, if you don’t feel like sharing the cookies…they’re that delicious.)