When I first had my babies I remember feeling massively stressed about my milk supply. My first baby was a tiny little thing (just six pounds at birth) and I was constantly worried that she wasn’t getting enough milk at feed times. Breastfeeding didn’t come naturally to me, so it took us both a lot of work to find our groove and I was always second-guessing whether my bod was producing enough milk for her teeny body.
While loads of women are super passionate about wanting to breastfeed their babies, it’s not always possible for everyone. Some of us just don’t produce an adequate supply to keep our babies content and thriving and this can be really hard for some mums to come to terms with. Every person and their dog seems to have a magic cure for upping milk supply, from Fenugreek tabs to a schedule or round-the-clock feeds followed by pumping sessions – and sometimes they work. And sometimes, they don’t.
My sister in law had a low milk supply with her first baby four years ago and she tried so many different things to make it work, but it just wasn’t happening. Before she gave birth to her second little guy about three months ago, she’d accepted that she just might not be able to breastfeed. A friend had given her a recipe for lactation cookies that she was told were ace for getting her milk supply going and she started chowing down – and it may just be the way the chips have fallen this time, but she has a SHITLOAD of milk and the happiest, most content baby I’ve ever laid my eyeballs on. She made a few tweaks to the original recipe but swears they are easy to make, can be done in big batches and I can vouch for the fact that they’re delicious after eating one (or 25) myself. Plus, they’re way cheaper than the ones you buy at the shops and full of good fats and fibre if you’ve got other kids in the fam.
* This recipe makes approximately 30 decent-sized cookies. My sis in law downs three of these babies a day.
1/2 cup water
1/4 level cup flaxseed meal – Do not add more or the cookies won’t set properly
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup butter*
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 tsp bicarbonate soda
1 tsp salt
4 level tablespoons brewers yeast – MUST be brewer’s yeast (no substitutes). You can find this at health food stores.
3 cups rolled oats
1 1/2 cups of choc chips OR
1 cup of currants + 1/2 cup of crushed peanuts
– Preheat oven to 170 degrees (fan forced)
– Combine water and flaxseed meal and set aside
– Beat coconut oil, butter and sugars until pale and creamy
– Add eggs, one at a time, and beat well after each addition
– Add flaxseed mixture and vanilla and beat until combined
– Add flour, bi-carb soda, salt and brewer’s yeast and stir to combine
– Stir in oats and choc chips*
– Scoop generous tablespoons onto lined baking tray and flatten with wet fingers
– Bake for 20-40 minutes until golden and depending on preferred finish (chewy or crunchy)
*If you or your bub have dairy allergies, you can sub the 1/2 cup of butter for an additional 1/2 cup of coconut oil (so one cup coconut oil all up) and sub choc chips for currant/peanut combo or anything else that floats your boat
Did you find any particular foods helped with your milk supply?