Hello, nursing mamas! Or friends of nursing mamas! Today I’m here with a fun post (at least for me) about lactation cookies. As I am nearing the end of my nursing journey, this is a bit bittersweet to write, but also TASTY!
Before I show you the five posts dietitian friends submitted for the round-up, I wanted to explain why certain ingredients are helpful in boosting milk production. So let’s get to it!
- Barley: richest dietary source of beta-glucan, a polysaccharide that has been shown to increase prolactin in both humans and animals. (That’s the breastfeeding hormone!)
- Barley Malt: also contains beta-glucan.
- Fennel (the white vegetable) + fenugreek (its seeds): contain phytoestrogens which are believed to help milk production; however, evidence is still varied. Women with diabetes, heart disease, and nut/legume allergies should consult a doctor before using fenugreek. And mamas, don’t be alarmed, fenugreek is the herb that makes you smell like maple syrup!
- Oats: after barley, oats have the highest concentration of beta-glucan. I always learned that the steel cut and Irish cut oats were the ones you wanted to aim for when using them to help boost your supply!
- Brewer’s Yeast: used often as a nutritional supplement and found in lactation boosting recipes, Brewer’s yeast is actually lacking in lactogenic evidence but does remain a powerful ingredient, high in B vitamins, protein, iron, chromium, and selenium. Brewer’s yeast is also pretty bitter and will pass through breastmilk, so be aware in case babe notices!
- Papaya: a newer ingredient being studied for its galactogogue properties and would be easy to incorporate into the diet.
Other foods that have the potential to increase supply: dill, asparagus, coriander seeds, red beets, garlic, caraway seeds, anise seeds, apricots, poppy seeds, and sesame seeds.
Click on the image to see the recipe!
Enjoy!! Which do you think you’d make first!?