Honestly I didn’t think I would be eating lactation cookies 13 months into my third baby’s life! I’ve been going back and forth about when to wean. But this past weekend he came down with a fever, a really really high fever. Like 103.9. He didn’t want to eat. Would not drink water. And was so lethargic. But he would nurse, and nurse, and nurse. And to quote my dear friend it was “Nursing for the win!”. I knew he was getting nutrients and staying hydrating so it helped me to worry a little bit less.
However the problem was that my supply of milk had really diminished during the last couple months as nursing sessions decreased. So my body was trying to keep up with the sudden demand, and I was struggling. So I dug up my favorite lactation cookie recipe, and gave it the perfect fall boost. Pumpkin and chocolate. I also threw some all spice and cinnamon to really kick it up a few notches. Honestly I had never tried this combination in a cookie until last fall. My friend made the most amazing cookies that I seriously hoarded in my bedroom and wouldn’t share with my kids. Or my husband.
The great thing about my recipe is that they are actually pretty healthy for you. And it makes a really large batch so it actually lasts a couple days in my cookie loving household. I actually encourage my kids to eat them since they have a pretty great nutritional punch.
Don’t worry, the milk ingredients won’t affect the other people who eat them. But they will help a nursing mama. I usually eat three the first day, then 2 each day after and then magic, milk supply increases!
The milk enhancing ingredients are Brewer’s yeast, flaxseed, and fenugreek. All of these items can locally be found at Wegman’s or MOMS Organic. They can also easily be ordered from Amazon. You can usually find flaxseed and fenugreek at places like Walmart, Target, local food store. The oats in the recipe are also an ingredient to help milk supply, so having all 4 in one recipe should be golden.
So go ahead and make some for your family, yourself if you’re nursing, or a a new mama who needs a special treat. Experiment with different add ins such as nuts, chia seeds, spices, let me know how they turn out.
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Pumpkin chocolate chip Lactation Cookies
These work! These lactation cookies really help boost your milk supply thanks to key ingredients. They are freezer friendly, delicious, and a breastfeeding mama's best friend.
- 2 tbsp flaxseed meal
- 1/4 cup water
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1/4 cup brewer's yeast (main ingredient for milk production)
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 8 capsules fenugreek empty and discard capsules
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 tsp allspice
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 3/4 cup pumpkin puree
- 1/2 cup coconut oil softened
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla or orange extract
- 3 cups old fashioned oats
- 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit
2. Mix flaxseed meal and water; set aside
3. Stir together flour, brewer's yeast, salt, baking soda, fenugreek, chia seeds, all spice and cinnamon, set aside.
4. Blend coconut oil, sugars, and pumpkin puree well. Blend in eggs. Stir in flaxseed mixture and vanilla, mix well.
5. Add dry mixture. Mix until combined. Stir in oats and chocolate chips.
6. Scoop 2 Tbsp of dough, 1 to 2 inches apart on a silicone lined baking sheet. You may want to flatten dough slightly.
7. Bake for 9 to 10 minutes.
8. Once cooled wrap in plastic wrap and place in container in the freezer. Eat at least 2 cookies the first day, and one each day afterwards. They can be rewarmed quickly in the microwave.
*Recipe altered from Dinnernowdessertlater.com
Warning: Consult with your doctor before making and eating this recipe. Discontinue use and consult with doctor if there are adverse reactions.