If you’re looking to get a boost in milk supply while breastfeeding, give these Lactation Chocolate Macaroons a try! Contains key galactagogues: Oats, Brewers Yeast, and Flax Seed!
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When I was pregnant for my son I was so anxious that I wouldn’t have enough of a milk supply to feed him. I stocked my freezer with lactation cookies and stocked up on lactation teas too. I think this is a fear that all women who want to breastfeed have. We had a difficult start to breastfeeding, but with some help we were able to work out some issues. I was able exclusively breastfeed my son for 7 months before moving on to a combination of breastfeeding and solids (via Baby Led Weaning).
In the early months I was particularily vigilant about getting adequate water intake and getting at least a daily dose of one of the galactagogues. This article from KellyMom talks about galactagogues, and this one talks about oatmeal in particular. Most nursing mothers will not need galactagogues, and I probably didn’t either, but it felt like a sort of insurance policy. Mostly, I ate oatmeal for breakfast (like this Baked Oatmeal recipe or this Blueberry Oatmeal Kefir Smoothie). I also snacked on Lactation Cookies whenever I was able to sneak off to grab something to eat.
I’m now 1 year into breastfeeding and I still like to add oatmeal to my diet on a regular basis. Not only for nursing/milk supply reasons, but because I feel that oatmeal is a good, wholesome food! I developed these Lactation Macaroons after looking at a macaroon recipe and wondering why I hadn’t seen any lactation macaroons back when I was stocking my freezer in late pregnancy! Macaroons, as is, certainly have some milk boosting properties because they contain oatmeal! But I decided I would adapt the recipe to include two additional galactagogues: Flax Seed and Brewer’s Yeast.
What Are The Milk Boosting Ingredients in Lactation Chocolate Macaroons?
- Oatmeal: this makes up the bulk of the cookie and is super inexpensive and widely available! I use Old Fashioned Oats in this recipe.
- Brewer’s Yeast: a well-known and often used milk boosting herb. You can find this at health food stores, but it can be hard to find. You can also order it from Amazon.
- Flax Seed Meal: Containers phytoestrogens, which help boost milk supply. Also contains healthy fats! You can also find this at health food stores, or on Amazon.
Lactation Chocolate Macaroons
- 2 1/2 cups Old Fashioned Rolled Oats
- 1 cup Unsweetened Flaked Coconut
- 2 tbsp. Brewers Yeast
- 2 tbsp. Flax Meal
- 1/2 cup Salted Butter
- 1 1/2 cups Sugar
- 1/2 cup Milk
- 6 tbsp. Cocoa Powder
- 1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
- Add the old fashioned rolled oats, flaked coconut, brewers yeast, and flax meal to a large bowl. Whisk well to combine.
- Add the butter, white sugar, milk, and cocoa powder to a medium heavy bottomed saucepan over medium high heat.
- Whisk the butter, sugar, milk and cocoa mixture constantly while it heats to prevent burning.
- The mixture will come to a simmer that can’t be stirred down, keep whisking and cook for an additional 4 minutes. Remove from the heat, add the vanilla and whisk again.
- Pour the butter, sugar, milk and cocoa mixture over the oat mixture and fold in with a silicone spatula until fully combined.
- Use a #40 (or 2 Tbsp. Size) scoop to portion out the cookies. Drop them onto a sheet pan lined with wax paper or parchment paper. Allow to cool completely.
- Store in a covered container in the fridge for up to 1 week, or in a zip top freezer bag in the freezer for 1-2 months.