Cranberry Almond Oatmeal Lactation Cookies

Posted on Oct 3 2015 - 7:25pm by Kelley
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Cranberry Almond Oatmeal Lactation Cookies

 

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!

Cranberry Almond Oatmeal Lactation Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter (softened)
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tablespoons brewer's yeast
  • 3 cups oats
  • 1 1/2 cups craisins
  • 1 1/2 cups almonds

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees
  2. Mix dry ingredients & set aside
  3. Cream together sugars and butter
  4. Add dry ingredients in small increments
  5. Stir in craisins and almonds
  6. Form cookies into balls and put on baking sheet
  7. Bake for 10 minutes
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14 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Joyce October 3, 2015 at 11:08 pm - Reply

    I could use a milk supply boost. I can’t wait to try this recipe! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Stephanie October 5, 2015 at 9:41 am - Reply

    I love lactation cookies. When I was around 8 months or so with pumping, a friend made me like 4 dozen. It was so hard to not eat them all!

  3. Eugenia October 5, 2015 at 11:02 am - Reply

    This look so good. It doesn’t help that I am super hungry and now I want some!

  4. Kristie October 5, 2015 at 11:39 am - Reply

    These look amazing. I’m going to have to give this a try my next go round.

  5. Sandy a la Mode October 5, 2015 at 12:06 pm - Reply

    i could have used this for both of my pregnancies! i never produced enough for my kids!!

    xo,
    Sandy
    Sandy a la Mode

  6. Cosmetics Aficionado October 5, 2015 at 12:15 pm - Reply

    These look tasty! I’ve never tried lactation cookies, because I always produced plenty for my kiddos.

  7. Chelsea October 5, 2015 at 4:18 pm - Reply

    Whaaat, I didn’t know such a thing existed! That is awesome.

  8. Brooke @ Blushing Noir October 5, 2015 at 7:02 pm - Reply

    I totally needed these when mine were born. I couldn’t lactate for anything =(

  9. coolchillmom October 5, 2015 at 8:43 pm - Reply

    What a great reason to get baking!

  10. Carly October 6, 2015 at 12:29 am - Reply

    I made lactation cookies ALL the time when I was nursing Lydia…..they helped a ton!

  11. Carrie @Frugal Foodie Mama October 6, 2015 at 9:32 am - Reply

    Lactation cookies were my jam when I was nursing my youngest! And such a good reason to eat ALL the cookies, lol. 😉 Love that you baked your own!

  12. Jessica H. October 6, 2015 at 10:09 am - Reply

    I had no idea that such a thing existed! The next time someone I know gets preggers, I’m totally going to whip them up a batch of these!

  13. Lisa Heath October 6, 2015 at 12:36 pm - Reply

    Oh I wish I knew of recipes like this when my son was little! He was a chubber and ate all the time and I always felt like I wasn’t producing enough!

  14. Krystal October 6, 2015 at 10:26 pm - Reply

    These look amazing.

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