I love cookies, and I love all the flavours of Christmas – so what better recipe for a breastfeeding mama than festive lactation cookies?
My festive lactation cookies are an adaptation of the recipe for lactation cookies over at BellyBelly.com.au.
They’re light, moist, sweet, and incredibly festive.
So what makes festive lactation cookies festive? I’ve added warming spices, zesty orange, dried cranberries, and sweet juicy raisins to the classic mixture to impart a true taste of Christmas.
How do festive lactation cookies work?
- Brewer’s yeast
- Linseed (also known as flaxseed)
Bear in the mind that the best way to increase your milk supply is to feed your baby more frequently. These cookies are not a medical solution to low milk supply. See a feeding specialist if you believe you have low milk supply.
Brewer’s yeast provides a range of amino acids along with vitamins B1, B2 and niacin, and iron. It also contains plant oestrogens. Its nutritional profile, plus these oestrogens, may be the reason it works for so many women.
Don’t substitute brewer’s yeast with any other kind of yeast. It’s not the same. I use Solgar Brewer’s yeast which is natural and high quality.
Also known as flaxseed, linseed contains omega-3, iron, zinc, calcium, vitamin B1 and B6.
If you’re in the UK, get your linseed from Aldi. It’s about £1.50 a bag which is much cheaper than Amazon!
Said to increase milk production, BellyBelly notes that oats are full of saponins which are both antibiotic and anti-inflammatory. Oats are so comforting and nourishing, and make a great addition to a tasty biscuit.
What are you waiting for! Grab a hot chocolate, a chai latte, or your preferred drink, and let’s bake!
They taste so good! I’ll be making another batch of these over Christmas to snack on while breastfeeding.
I’m not sure whether or not they’ve increased my milk supply, but you never know. And with ingredients so healthy and tasty, they make a great snack.
What do you think to these tasty festive lactation cookies? Will you give them a try?
Let me know in the comments below. I’d really love to hear from you!
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