Back in December, I gave birth to a beautiful baby girl I’ve nicknamed “Firefly.”
She’s my third daughter, and there was something I was excited about from the get-go.
You see, my other two weaned themselves early because of the low supply.
I was working full-time, and pumping just never worked well for me.
I nursed as long and as much as I possibly could, but they eventually just gave up and didn’t want it anymore.
I loved nursing and I wasn’t ready to give it up when they were, so it was disappointing to me.
But now, I’m not working anymore outside the home… so I am happy to report very few supply problems and no formula use.
Some days, though, it’s obvious I’m a little low. When it first happened with Firefly, I had a silent “nooooooo!” moment, but then I headed online and I found out about lactation cookies.
Lactation cookies are basically just chocolate chip cookies with some extra ingredients that are known as galactagogues. A galactagogue is any food that helps enhance or increase milk production.
So, I figured I’d give them a try – couldn’t hurt, right?
I’m so glad I did!
I looked in my cupboard to see what things I had, and made up a quick 1-dozen size recipe for my Ninja 1100. TheFoforr the first batch I made, I ate three cookies and about four hours later I could definitely tell the difference. Firefly wasn’t fighting and cranky during nursing, she was just drinking it up and seemed full and happy afterward.
And I didn’t even have fenugreek to put in them! I hear that stuff will really power charge it.
The real secret to the texture of these cookies is the Honeyville blanched almond flour – that stuff makes things bake up almost just like regular white flour.
In fact, if I hadn’t known these were gluten-free, I would never have guessed they were made without wheat flour. Awesome!
A quick note though – if you use a different brand or home-ground almond flour, you’ll probably end up with a different, more rustic result. I’m sure it will help you lactate though!
P.S. don’t let the long list of ingredients stop you from making these. If you have supply problems, these cookies are a MUST. I am now keeping frozen dough on hand at all times so I can have cookies quickly when I need a boost on low production days.
It’s totally worth it.