Blueberry Lactation Cookies

 
 Gluten Free Lactation cookies with galactagogues

Before diving into the cookies, a few notes about "lactation cookies" and galactagogues in general.

Galactagogues are anything purported to increase milk supply. Common examples are oats and beer. These are fun tidbits for chit chat at your mama's group, but know that the best way to increase milk supply is to bring that babe (or pump) to the boob. The more you express, the more you produce. 

If you are seriously concerned about your milk supply, the first step is to work with a lactation consultant.

Ideally, look for someone with the letters IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant) after their name. If you're in the Portland, Oregon area, we recommend working with Doria Thiele, CNM, IBCLC, founder of the Portland Lactation Center, LLC.  

(Check out this must-read that explains why so many new mamas don't REALLY worry about their supply). 

Stick with us... we're almost to the cookies...

But first, we need to explain that the ingredients that make these 'lactation' cookies, oats and fenugreek seed, have been touted as galactagogues by countless generations of women. However, solid research supporting these recommendations is hard to come by.

For fenugreek seed*, there is a tidbit of research suggesting that it can boost milk supply, at very high doses. The research showing oatmeal to be a galactagogue is even more scarce. 

Research aside, these cookies are packed with nutrients that new mamas need- there's anti inflammatory fats & antioxidants, protein and fiber, plus sweet bursts of blueberry. 

So, indulge in nourishing yourself, mama, guilt free!

You were made for this!

*IMPORTANT NOTE: Fenugreek is considered perfectly safe while breastfeeding, but it is contraindicated while pregnant. If you're growing a tiny human in your belly, omit fenugreek from this recipe.
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Blueberry Lactation Cookies

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp melted coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/2 cup mashed banana (~1 med to large banana) 
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 1/4 cup flaxseed meal
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 2 Tbsp ground fenugreek seed*
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats (gluten free, if desired) 
  • 1 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup frozen or fresh blueberries
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper to prevent sticking.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together melted coconut oil, eggs, coconut sugar, mashed banana, plus vanilla and almond extracts until smooth and creamy.
  3. Next stir in flaxseed meal, chia seeds, oats, almond flour, baking soda, fenugreek seed and salt, then mix until a thick dough forms.
  4. Lastly stir in blueberries and walnuts.
  5. Use a large spoon (~1 Tbsp) to scoop dough then roll into a tight ball. Place each dough ball onto the cookie sheet and gently press the top of the dough down just a little to flatten the tops. 
  6. Bake for 13-16 minutes until edges begin to turn slightly golden brown.
  7. Allow cookies to cool for 15 minutes before removing from pan and transferring to a wire rack to finish cooling.
  8. Makes 10 big cookies.
*IMPORTANT NOTE: Fenugreek is considered perfectly safe while breastfeeding, but it is contraindicated while pregnant. If you're growing a tiny human in your belly, omit fenugreek from this recipe.
 Gluten free, sugar free, lactation cookies