Our little lady just turned five months – HOORAY! I know, I know; I have yet to share her birth story or many pictures on here. Being a mommy of three has certainly had its challenges juggling different school schedules and activities, but we’ve also had quite the breastfeeding journey. Since she was born, nursing this third time around seemed to go so perfectly. She latched on right away, my milk came right in, and at her first checkup and one and two month checkups she gained perfectly. All of that perfection came to a halt at her four month checkup where we learned so hadn’t even gained three pounds since birth… and only 12 ounces in almost three months. We immediately went into “fatten up Lakelyn” mode and introduced some food, supplementing with a bottle of breastmilk every three hours, and I did everything I could to try to boost my milk supply.
Thankfully, we have been successful thus far. You can read more about that journey when I share it tomorrow, but for now I wanted to share with you a recipe for these delicious lactation cookies I whipped up! I wasn’t sure I would find it to do much of anything, because I remember trying lactation cookies with Lavery and the ones I made never made a difference, but let me tell you what – – these work! I noticed a difference in my supply on day 1!
Just a few notes about the recipe; first off, brewer’s yeast doesn’t taste so good, but that is the main ingredient that is used to boost your supply. It definitely has a beer and bitter taste, so when I was making these cookies I decided to include a TON of extras for flavor. Like, when I was adding the raisins, I went for the WHOLE BAG. I know, it might seem overkill, but I actually enjoyed the taste of these cookies and I’ve heard from friends lactation cookies they made didn’t taste so great. With this recipe, you can tell the brewer’s yeast is in there, but it’s not overpowering and doesn’t take away. I felt adding lots of craisins and almonds was better than loading up on extra sugar.
Also – this makes a TON! And you can freeze them! I know lots of nursing mama’s, so I’m haring mine, but I’ll already be making a second batch this week so I can freeze several. I’ve been eating one for breakfast and one or two throughout the day as a snack and I’ve actually been able to let up on the amount of supplements I was taking too!
So.. nursing mamas! Share, pin, and enjoy! Let me know in the comments if you give them a shot and what you think. And I’ll be updating this post with links to how I increased my milk supply and our breastfeeding journey when that’s published later this weekend!