The early weeks of postpartum can be a rollercoaster of emotions and adjustments, especially for first-time mamas. Among the many challenges, making enough milk for your little can be a huge concern. The good news! there are several ways to support lactation and promote milk flow.
One of a few options is through the use of lactation tea (we make our own) and delicious treats (recipes below). These products not only contain ingredients known to boost milk production but also offer a soothing, relaxing experience.
The Science Behind Lactation Support:
During the early postpartum weeks, it's common for new moms to experience fluctuations in their milk supply. This can be due to factors like stress, exhaustion, hormonal changes, or latch issues. Thankfully, several natural ingredients have been recognized for their potential to enhance lactation:
1. **Fenugreek**: Fenugreek seeds are a popular ingredient in lactation teas and cookies. They contain compounds that mimic estrogen, helping to stimulate the milk ducts and promote milk production.
2. **Oats**: Oats are a fantastic source of complex carbohydrates and fiber. They help regulate blood sugar levels and maintain energy, making them an essential ingredient in lactation cookies.
3. **Fennel**: Fennel seeds are known for their ability to increase milk flow. They can be used in teas and cookies to provide a sweet, anise-like flavor.
4. **Brewer's Yeast**: This is a rich source of B vitamins, protein, and minerals. It's commonly found in lactation cookies and is believed to stimulate the release of prolactin, the hormone responsible for milk production.
5. **Chamomile and Lavender**: These soothing herbs are often included in lactation teas. They help new moms relax, reduce stress, and promote better sleep – all of which can have a positive impact on milk production.
Lactation teas are a wonderful way for new moms to hydrate while boosting milk supply. Many of these teas combine ingredients like fenugreek, fennel, and chamomile for a holistic approach to lactation support. Here are a few examples of lactation teas:
Check out our Milky Way Tea.
Lactation treats are not just a tasty treat but can also serve as a practical way to support milk production. They're often loaded with oats, brewer's yeast, and flaxseed – all known to promote lactation.
Here are 3 of our favorite recipes (brownies, cookies and no bake balls):
- 1 box Fudge Brownie Mix
- ½ cup vegetable oil or according to box directions
- ½ cup coconut milk
- 1 large egg
- 1 cup old fashioned oatmeal
- ¼ cup brewer’s yeast
- ¼ cup collagen peptides
- 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup chocolate chips
Preheat oven according to package directions.
Don't want the hearty texture of the whole oats? run the oats through a food processor
In a large mixing bowl, mix together all ingredients (including the oats – whole or processed) until fully combined.
Pour brownie batter into baking dish
Bake according to package directions.
- ¼ cup flaxseed meal
- ½ cup water
- 1 cup coconut sugar
- 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted and cooled
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 x 2/3 cups oat flour, gluten free if desired
- ¾ cup old fashioned rolled oats, gluten free if desired
- ¼ cup brewer’s yeast** (get the debittered kind if possible)
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 2/3 cup dark chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a medium bowl, mix together flaxseed meal and water; let it sit for 5 minutes while you get all your other ingredients ready.
After 5 minutes the ‘flaxegg’ will be ready and you can add in the coconut sugar, melted and cooled coconut oil, and vanilla extract to the bowl; whisk together until smooth and well combined.
Next add in the oat flour, rolled oats, brewer’s yeast, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Mix until well combined. Fold in chocolate chips.
Use a medium cookie scoop and place dough on a prepared baking sheet, about 2 inches apart. You should get about 20 cookies.
Bake cookies for 10-13 minutes until edges are just slightly golden brown around the edges.
- 2 cups old-fashioned oats
- 1/2 cup ground or milled flaxseed
- 3 tablespoons brewer’s yeast
- 1 cup peanut butter or almond butter
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
- In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, add all ingredients except for the chocolate chips.
- Mix on low speed until mixture is well combined. Stir in chocolate chips.
- Roll mixture into 2-tablespoon sized smooth balls and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
- Place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes or enjoy right away. Once the bites have set, transfer them to an air-tight container and store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.