Lactation Cookies aren't just a great excuse for treating yourself to something sweet, they can help breastfeeding moms boost their milk supply. Wondering how to make them or where you can buy them ready to eat? Read on…..
How they Help Increase Milk Supply
These milk-making cookies contain galactagogues, substances found in herbs and foods that help that promote lactation in humans and animals.
Brewer's yeast, wheat germ, flaxseed meal and whole oats are all ingredients in lactation cookies that help boost a lactating mother's milk supply. It's believed to increase milk production, fight fatigue and has even been credited with warding off “baby blues.”
How to Make Lactation Cookies
- 2 tablespoons flax seed meal
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 3 egg yolks
- 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup brewers' yeast
- 1 tablespoon wheat germ
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
- 2 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
- Soak flaxseed in bowl of water for 5 minutes.
- Combine butter, white sugar, and brown sugar in a large mixing bowl and beat until creamy.
- Add egg yolks and vanilla extract and continue to beat till smooth. Stir flaxseeds in.
- Mix flour, brewer's yeast, wheat germ, baking soda, salt, and cream of tartar in a separate bowl; add to butter mixture and stir until just combined. Fold oats and chocolate chips into the dough.
- Roll dough into walnut-sized balls and place 2 inches apart onto a baking sheet.
- Bake in the preheated oven until the edges are golden, 10 to 12 minutes.
- Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 1 minute before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
Where to Buy Lactation Cookies
Benefits of Eating Lactation Cookies
Anyone can enjoy the benefits of eating lactation cookies, not just breastfeeding moms! These tasty treats are full of vitamins and nutrients that benefit your body.
- Brewer's yeast, commonly known for making beer, contains iron, protein, B vitamins, chromium, selenium and various other trace minerals.
- Wheat germ contains zinc, a must for breastfeeding. Zinc aids the immune system and can even help protect cracked nipples. It's also believed to help with postpartum depression.
- Oats are are high in fiber, iron, protein and complex carbohydrates.
- Flaxseed has good fats and enzymes
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