When I was pregnant I always heard about how amazing and natural breastfeeding was. I heard stories from other mothers of how their babies latched right away. I read thread comments and complaints in online mommy groups about the pain of engorgement. I was even told by my doctor that my milk “would drop” within a few days after my son was born.
Imagine my surprise when none of these things happened to me.
When Jack was first born, I struggled with my milk supply A LOT. Breastfeeding did not come naturally to me. Upon the advice of lactation support and his pediatrician I was stuck in the grueling cycle of feed, pump and supplement every 2-3 hours for months.
Instead of looking forward to these special times with my newborn I began dreading them. I would cry right along with him when it was time to breastfeed again. And I felt so incredibly guilty. I felt like an inadequate mother.
No one ever talked to me about this part of breastfeeding. I never heard stories about how challenging it can be. And that’s one reason why I’m sharing my story with you. To let you know that if your experience was anything like mine that you’re not alone.
Luckily, I had a lot of great support in how to turn the situation around. I saw a lactation specialist and got all kinds of great ideas for how to boost supply like drinking Mother’s Milk Tea, using fenugreek, making sure that I’m plenty hydrated and eating lactation cookies! Let me tell you, any plan that involves eating cookies, I am so on board with.
Because I’m on the Paleo train, finding a grain-free recipe for lactation cookies was a bit of a challenge (oatmeal and brewer’s yeast are two ingredients famously known for increasing milk supply). Fortunately, I was able to put together a recipe that not only boosts my supply, but doesn’t wreak havoc on my system.
Paleo Lactation “Oatmeal” Raisin Cookie Recipe
- 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
- 1/4 cup honey
- 4 large eggs
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoon ground anise seed
- 2 cups almond flour
- 1/2 cup ground flaxseed or flaxseed meal
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 cup pecans, chopped
- 1/2 cup raisins
- 1/2 cup dates, pitted and chopped
- 1 cup of Enjoy Life Semi Sweet Chocolate Mega Chunks
- Optional: 2 tsp ground fenugreek seed*
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Whisk together honey and coconut oil. Add eggs, one at a time. Add in anise, vanilla and fenugreek (if using).
In a separate bowl combine almond flour, flaxseed and baking soda.
Using a mixer, add the dry ingredients to the egg mixture, a little at a time until well combined.
Fold in pecans, raisins, dates and chocolate.
Scoop one tablespoon of batter at a time onto a lined cookie sheet.
Bake at 350 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes.
Makes approximately 3 dozen cookies.
*Fenugreek is a plant from the Fabaceae (legume) family, which means that were it to be used in the recipe, is not actually Paleo, since the Paleo diet excludes legumes. Fenugreek is a commonly used herb to increase milk supply, and it really seemed to help me, so that’s why I included it. However, almonds, oils and fats are other foods that can improve milk supply as well, so if you need to exclude the fenugreek, this recipe can still help!
Aside from the benefit of the boost to milk supply, these cookies are just flat out delicious. And as a breastfeeding mama, this is a great one handed snack that can help soothe your raging appetite.
If you’re like me and struggle with milk supply, please know that you’re not alone. There is nothing to be embarrassed about. You are not any less of a mother than one with milk overflowing. Do what you think is best for you and your baby, and don’t worry about anything else.
If you’re willing to give this recipe a try, I’d love to hear how you liked them. Now go brew yourself a tea, grab a few cookies and relax!
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