Keeping your supply up can be a challenge for breastfeeding moms because it is dependent on a variety of physiological, nutritional, and temporal factors. Other milestones such as going back to work or your baby sleeping through the night can also have a profound impact on your supply. There are several food items on the market for boosting milk supply but they can be expensive, and there is not much variety in what is available. The reason these products are useful is because of ingredients called galactagogues that, once identified, can be used to make new recipes. Here are some of our favorite creative lactation recipes to help you keep your supply levels high.
Who says you can’t have cake for breakfast? With this delicious take on carrot cake cookies, you can enjoy a culinary treat while also increasing your breastmilk supply. In addition to being appetizing, this recipe is simple to make and doesn’t require a lot of time making it one of our favorite lactation recipes for new moms. The galactagogue for these cookies is a heaping helping of brewer’s yeast that will provide your body the nutritional aspects it needs to help you make the milk your baby needs. This recipe is perfect for a mom or partner who enjoys baking.
This milkshake only takes a few minutes to whip up making it an ideal snack or sweet treat. With only a few ingredients and a blender, anyone can make you this cool and creamy drink. Flax seed is creatively used in this recipe as the galactagogue and is hidden well by the other ingredients making this one of our top lactation recipes. If you have a high-powered blender, you can add more ice to this recipe to create a milk making ice cream dessert.
These treats also make use of brewers yeast to create the ultimate bars for increased breast milk supply. While the ingredient list and preparation time for this recipe are longer than most of the others, the finished product is well worth it. Make these bars ahead of time and store them in an airtight container to enjoy whenever it is convenient.
Mother’s Milk tea is a well-known product for boosting supply but be a bit expensive to use regularly. This copycat recipe is one of our favorite lactation recipes because it can be enjoyed year round and anytime you need and with any number of other snacks or treats. The herbs used in making this tea are all available to be purchased in bulk, and the fennel seed works with your body to encourage milk production. You can make large batches of this tea mixture ahead of time and only steep some when you want it.
For those adhering to a gluten-free or vegan diet, we have included these amazing muffins on our list of lactation recipes. Making use of ground flax seed as the galactagogue, these apple pie inspired muffins are easy to make and don’t take much time. Enjoy them for breakfast, a snack, or even to curb late night hunger while you are nursing.