milk maker cookies and nutrition for breastfeeding moms

My sweet friend Chelsea and her husband just welcomed another beautiful baby girl into their family!  Congrats to the whole clan!

After I had Noah, one of my closest friends sent me “milk maker” cookies.  This company is adorable, check out their logo…

too funny!

too funny!

These cookies tasted wonderful and were a quick snack; easy to eat with one hand while trying to care for a newborn!  They contain flax, brewer’s yeast and oats.  These ingredients are claimed to boost milk supply.

While I love the idea of using functional foods to boost milk production unfortunately, I learned in my CLC training that there is not enough scientific proof they actually work :(

But I say, who cares!  Eat those cookies girls…you deserve them!  I can only imagine the amount of calories burned during labor!

What has been proven to improve a mother’s milk supply is consuming adequate calories, which can be hard to do when you’ve got a new baby!  Making milk takes a lot of energy, upwards of 500 extra calories per day!  Women need to replenish their energy stores as to not become nutritionally depleted.

Breastfeeding Mommies, remember to:

-Consume 3 meals and at least 2 snacks per day

-Balance meals/snacks with fruits, veggies, grains, protein and healthy fats

-Continue taking your prenatal vitamins

-Drink to satisfy thirst

-Rest as much as possible!!! (Easier said than done!)

Oh yeah, and don’t forget to enjoy a cookie…

Here is my recipe for milk  maker cookies!

milk maker cookies ~flax, brewers yeast and oats~

Milk Maker Cookies

1 cup whole wheat pastry flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons brewers yeast (not bakers yeast!)

2 tablespoons flaxseed meal

1/2 cup coconut oil

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 tablespoon vanilla

1 egg

1 1/2 cup old fashioned oats

1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

-Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper.

-In a large bowl, mix together dry ingredients.

-In a seperate bowl, cream together coconut oil, egg and vanilla extract.

-Combine dry and wet ingredients and stir in oats and chocolate chips.

-Using a teaspoon, evenly drop cookie dough on lined cookie sheets.

-Bake for 12-15 minutes.

-Serve to your favorite Momma!

milk maker cookies ~flax, brewers yeast and oats!~