It was only recently that I have heard of lactation cookies. I did not know that mothers with newborn babies could actually boost their milk yield to feed the babies by eating cookies…! This is indeed a very interesting and new concept that made me curious enough not just to read up more about it, but also to give it a try myself.
Apparently there are different ways to boost a mummy’s milk yield and eating the right kind of food is just one of these many ways. Such food includes dishes with specific ingredients like leafy vegetables, green papaya, fish soup, coconut oil, flaxseed, oat etc. This lactation cookie recipe makes use of three such ingredients to bake the cookies – flaxseed meal, brewer’s yeast and oats. Though I am still not very sure why or how these ingredients react with the biological agents to increase milk production in the body, I believe there is no harm in trying out this recipe, especially if it might help me better ensure that I will have a well-fed baby at home. 😉
- Flaxseed meal (or ground flax seed): 2 tbsp
- Water: 4 tbsp
- Unsalted butter: 225g (1 cup)
- Castor sugar: 330g (1.5 cups)
- Egg (room temperature): 2
- Vanilla extract: 1 tsp
- Self-raising flour: 220g
- Baking soda: 1 tsp
- Salt: 1 tsp
- Brewer’s yeast: 3 tbsp
- Rolled oats: 200g (3 cups)
- Chocolate chips: 100g (1 cup)
- Preheat oven at 190 degrees Celsius.
- Mix flaxseed and water together. Let sit for 5 min.
- Cream butter and sugar with mixer.
- Add eggs one at a time.
- Add flaxseed mixture and vanilla extract.
- In a separate bowl, mix together flour, baking soda, salt, yeast and oats.
- Mix flour mixture into butter mixture, 1 cup at a time.
- Mix in chocolate chips.
- Spoon 1 tbsp of mixture each onto greased baking tray.
- Bake 13 min till golden brown.
- Leave to cool for 30 min before serving.
- This recipe was kindly adapted from ‘High Heels & Grills‘.
- Sadly, these lactation cookies aren’t fated to be my milk booster, but I do think the baby enjoyed having a chocolatey taste in his milk nevertheless!