Breastfeeding can be a wonderful experience if you choose to embark on it, but that doesn’t mean that it goes easy for everyone.
While some mum’s have more than enough milk to go around, others struggle with milk supply.
There are a number of reasons that a new mum’s milk supply might be low, so it’s important to see your doctor to make sure there’s nothing medically wrong. But once you’ve been given the all clear, many mums find themselves looking for alternative treatments, like lactation foods. Lactation foods are foods that help to increase the milk supply through certain ingredients, particularly flax seed, brewer’s yeast and old-fashioned oats.
There are some great recipes out there, so we thought we’d bring together some of the best ones. These yummy things aren’t just great for the milk supply, they’re wonderful snacks for a tired mumma as well!
1. Lactation Energy Bites
Energy is hard to come by for new mum’s, so most will take extra anywhere they can find it. One place to look for energy and some breastfeeding help is these Lactation Energy Bites, which provide a boost to you and your milk supply!
A chocolate smoothie is pretty much our go-to treat for anything that ails us, which is why we were so happy to find this Chocolate and Banana Boobie Smoothie recipe.
3. Berry Nutty Lactation Granola
When it’s made right, granola is both calorie and nutrient dense, both important for a breastfeeding mumma. This Berry Nutty Lactation Granola also has lots of added extras to bolster your milk supply, which makes it even better.
4. Two-Layer Lactation Brownies
Brownies are already enough to get us excited, but something that looks and sounds as good as these Two-Layer Lactation Brownies is almost too much to bear. Sweet, gooey and actually good for us? Yes please!
5. Single Serving Lactation Pancakes
Pancakes are always a good idea, but these super simple Single Serving Lactation Pancakes are even better. They’re packed with oat goodness, and can be easily customised for whatever you’re craving.
6. Banana and Oat Boobie Smoothie
This is a dairy free version of the Boobie Smoothie which will assist with increasing the production of your breast milk supply when nursing. Not all Mum’s naturally have a great milk supply, but by increasing liquids and getting loads of nutrition – you are doing everything you possibly can to make that milk flow!
7. Choc Chip Lactation Cookies
Chocolate chip cookies are always a yes from us, so we can hardly refuse these Choc Chip Lactation Cookies. Not only are they gooey, delicious and chocolatey, but they’re a milk booster that new mum’s will love!
8. Breastfeeding Granola Bars
If plain old granola isn’t tantalising enough for your tastebuds, you might want to consider these Breastfeeding Granola Bars. These bars are full of brewer’s yeast, flax seed meal and oats, plus they’re delicious.
9. Cinnamon Apple Lactation Cookies
Cinnamon and Apple are two flavours that are just made to be together, particularly in these scrumptious lactation cookies. These are rich in fibre, protein and iron as well, making them a much-needed energy boost.
10. Chocolate Almond No-Bake Cookies
Who has time for baking when you’ve got a new baby in the house anyway? That’s why we’re loving these Chocolate Almond No-Bake Lactation Cookies. They’re scrumptious, super easy, and good for everyone.
11. Lactation Cookie Bars
In our honest opinion, cookie bars are just better than cookies, particularly if they are these Lactation Cookie Bars. With a recipe like this, full of breast milk supply boosters, it’s never been easier to rationalise “just one more”.
12. Baby Mama Bars
These Baby Mama Bars have been described as the ultimate postpartum and lactation cookie bar recipe, and we have to agree. They’re packed with the good stuff and a few built pleasures…yum!
13. Vegan Apple Pie Lactation Muffins
These Vegan Apple Pie Lactation Muffins walk the perfect line between sweet and healthy in the world of lactation foods. Plus they’re free from refined sugar and they’re gluten-free!
14. Blueberry Oatmeal Lactation Muffins
Delicious blueberries make these Blueberry Oatmeal Lactation Muffins just perfect for mummas who are breastfeeding and looking for something other than cookies. Don’t shy away from using frozen berries either, they’ll work great too!
15. Good Ol’ Fashioned Lactation Biscuits
Sometimes, things don’t need to be more complicated than the classics. These Good Ol’ Fashioned Lactation Biscuits are simple but delicious biscuits that can be whipped up in large batches and work wonders for the milk supply. If you want simple, this is it.
Lactation recipes are a great way for new mums to take back a little control in the new wild world of breastfeeding. They’re great little treats, and they serve a useful purpose as well, which makes them winners in our books. Not only are they great to make when you’re a new mum, they’re also a wonderful present for new mums, who are struggling or overwhelmed by their new lives.