One of the first concepts I had when launching this business was to provide lactation cookie dry mixes for sale because every recipe I had found was fairly loaded up with sugar. Of course they may have some 'organic' ingredients but that, to me, is sort of like a wolf dressing up in sheep's clothing-especially when you are suggesting that Mum's take 6 or so biscuits a day to boost their supply. The sugar content then becomes a bit of an issue in my opinion! I have been making these for years now because for me, it does seem that they actually improve my supply. I have tested the theory on several occasions (basically every time I had to go out and buy more brewers yeast because I literally use that in nothing else so it must be worth it). Each time I have been able to express more milk-sometimes only a little more, and sometimes around 50-80ml more which is good enough for me. I will never know for sure if the biscuits are what is increasing the supply or if there is some type of placebo affect but either way-I don't really care because it means I don't have to pump again in a few hours!
It is VERY important to note that in no way do I think these are a magical cure to resolve breastfeeding issues-and nor should you. The milk has to be able to be able to be produced and successfully delivered to bub before there is any reason to even try to use this-your bub has to be feeding well first. And if you are having trouble at all with breastfeeding, I would suggest contacting a lactation consultant or the Australian Breastfeeding Association who are the best ones to help.
For me, sometimes throughout my breastfeeding journey, I went through these stages-generally related to stress/hormones that I just didn't seem to have as much milk when I would express and bubs became fussy and frustrated. To counteract this, I would generally try pumping more regularly, drinking Mama's Milk tea and eating some of these cookies which have ingredients said to boost supply. There is no solid scientific evidence as yet that I am aware of to determine the argument once and for all-just a lot of anecdotal evidence from Mothers around the world. Fortunately, there is no real loss if they don't work for you since they are actually a relatively healthy treat-and everyone in your family can tuck in.
How are they loaded? Fundamentally, these biscuits are made up of rolled oats which contain a high amount of saponins, an immune-stimulating compound that may help increase levels of prolactin, a key hormone for milk production. Of course, they are also packed with protein, vitamins, and minerals so great whether nursing or not. Brewers Yeast is a fantastic source of B vitamins and the trace minerals chromium and selenium. Flaxseed meal contains omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids which are good for us Mumma's but also give breast milk a nutritional boost and help develop their bubbas immune system. Sweetened only with bananas and dates, you can't go wrong.
Makes 15 or so
- 2 cups of rolled oats
- 1/2 cup of unsweetened desiccated coconut (without preservatives)
- 3/4 cup of chopped, pitted medjool dates (approx 8 or so)
- 1 Tbl Brewers Yeast (you can buy from Health food shops)
- 2 Tbl Flaxseed Meal
- 1/2 cup of nuts of choice (optional)
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp mixed spice
- 1/2 tsp ground ginger
- 2 ripe bananas
- 100g coconut oil melted (can use butter also)
You can also add 1/2 cup of dark chocolate chips if you like (if your bub can handle a little caffeine) . If you have a sweet tooth, add 1/4 cup of powdered stevia.
- Preheat oven to 170 Degree Fan Forced and line a tray with baking paper (or Agreena reusable wraps available here )
- Place all ingredients except the bananas and oil in a large bowl and mix until well combined
- Mash the bananas until no longer lumpy in a medium bowl and add oil, mix to combine.
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir.
- Take 1-2 tablespoons of mix and form a round shape in your hand then place on tray and flatten softly until approx 1.5-2cm thick. The mix should hold together easily. Do this to the rest of the mix.
- Bake for approx 15 minutes until very lightly golden and the beautiful smells come from the oven. Leave to cool on a wire tray.
- Keep in an airtight container and eat within 2 days or so-the banana can cause them to discolour if left for too long.