Literally, cookies that increase a lactating woman's milk supply. For many and various reasons, not all women produce enough milk. I am one of those women. I was desperate to breast feed my baby and so when we ran into trouble I got support and I moved Heaven and Earth to make it happen. However it still wasn't enough and I had a hungry baby. I took medication and herbs, and pumped round the clock, and it still wasn't enough. I didn't try lactation cookies as soon as I heard of them. I found it hard to believe that a biscuit could make much difference. And man, I was strapped for time. Where would I find time for baking?! A woman in a parenting group made some for her friend and offered me the extras she didn't need. I accepted and *WHAMMO* I had enough milk!
Why make it raw???
Brewers Yeast, being the main active ingredient (the one that boosts supply), becomes less and less potent the more it is cooked. In my experience, the cooked cookies can lose as much as 50% of their effectiveness depending on how much they are cooked.
As a new mum with low supply I was pumping several times a day. I also had a very high needs baby with reflux. In short, I didn’t have time to waste! I found I could mix the dough ok, but getting them into and out of the oven in batches was a massive challenge in between feeds and pumping and with a baby in a carrier on my chest.
I also found that I was needing to eat so many that I felt kind of sick, and it was cutting into my appetite for healthy meals. When I learnt that raw was more potent, I adapted the recipe I was using and played with it every time I made them. I now have a tried and tested failsafe raw lactation cookie dough recipe J
1 cup butter (coconut oil works just as well for those who are dairy free)
¾ cup raw sugar (coconut sugar works just as well for a healthier option)
¾ cup brown sugar
3tbs ground linseed + 100mls water mixed together
2 cups ground almonds
4 heaped desert spoons of cacao or cocoa
4 heaped desert spoons of brewers yeast (active galactagogue)
1-2 cups of rolled oats (active but milder galactagogue)
Cream butter/coconut oil and sugar
Add 1/2 linseed mix, beat. Add other half, beat
Add ground almonds, cacao/cocoa and brewers yeast, mix gently to combine
Add oats ½ a cup at a time until the mixture is thick enough to pick up between your fingers
To store, either roll into truffle size balls, or pack into zip lock bags. Refrigerate a week’s supply, freeze any excess and defrost as needed. Being a busy person, I pack it into zip lock bags and take a delicious chocolatey spoon full as I need it straight from the fridge. I hope this helps others as much as me.