Boobfood: Lactation Cookies

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51 thoughts on “Boobfood: Lactation Cookies

  1. I love this recipe and have made many many cookies, but I have a little one on the way and was wondering if I could freeze the batter? Normally I make them fresh and eat them right away, but I don’t think I will have time for that.

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  2. Hi there! I made my first batch of cookies last night and I think I put too much brewers yeast. I used heaping table spoons, and I’m not sure if I had the reduced bitter kind to begin with. My cookies are good except for a gross, bitter aftertaste. Is there anything I can do AFTER baking to resolve this issue so I don’t lose a whole batch of perfectly good cookies??

    Thanks!

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  3. Curious if you can grind whole flax seeds into meal at home? Like, say in a coffee grinder? Thoughts?

    I can’t wait to try these!

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  4. I have made these yummy cookies about 6 times since the summer. My first few batches I mixed by hand and they came out in heaps. Still tasted really good, not dry, but they did not spread out like the picture. *I followed the recipe exactly, just omitting nuts since I don’t like ’em.*

    These last few times, I used ROOM TEMPERATURE ingredients and my KA to beat the heck out of the ingredients when it came to this part.
    “Beat together, one at a time into large bowl:

    ◦1 cup (two sticks) of butter (If you need dietary justification for this, click here and read where it suggests breastfeeding mothers, “get regular and substantial amounts of butter.” Seriously.)
    ◦1 cup of (packed) brown sugar
    ◦2 eggs (I use cage & antibiotic free)
    ◦1 teaspoon vanilla
    ◦2 tablespoons of molasses (or to taste, if that’s not you’re thing)
    ◦the flax & water mixture you just made ”

    Then, I mixed in the choc chips really well and folded in my oats by hand. I used my 1/4c icecream scoop and placed them on my cookie sheet to bake. My cookies spread out perfectly. 🙂 I enjoy baking treats and desserts on a regular basis and I’ve learned that the temperature of ingredients makes all the difference in a hit or miss outcome. Hope this helps.

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  5. Hello, I noticed up in the comments that someone claimed they found iherb.com had better prices than amazon and I just did a comparison in that was innacurate. Both flax meal and brewers yeast on amazon was cheaper- same brands. I cant wait to try these cookies will be baking them tuesday!

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  6. Made these yesterday: super easy and really tasty. I used debittered brewer’s yeast and only about 1/4 cup of chocolate chips. (I had already eaten some of the bag when I was pregnant!) and about another 1/4 cup of almonds (I’d been snacking on them,too) I think they’d be incredibly addictive if I put in the proper amount of chocolate chips. In the last 24 hours I’ve eaten about five of them and they really do seem to have increased my milk supply already. In fact, I think I’m going to slow it down and only eat one or two a day to avoid some crazy overproduction! 🙂 Note: I found the yeast and flaxseed meal at iherb.com for cheaper than I could find them at Amazon. abesmarket.com is also a good place to pick up awesome natural ingredients.

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    1. Oh, I also substituted coconut oil and applesauce for the butter and I have frozen about two dozen of them. I’ll try to comment when I pull those out the next couple of weeks as to whether or not it affects their tastiness 🙂

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  7. Great post. Just a side note: Brewer’s Yeast is not the same thing as Nutritional Yeast! Nutritional Yeast has a cheesy flavor and would not be good in these cookies!

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    1. I know this is an old post…but just in case anyone else is reading….yes you can freeze. I made a whole batch (I’m 39 weeks) and popped them in the freezer for after baby comes. (Have eaten a couple since…just defrosted in Micro for 25 secs.) Yum. Hope they increase my milk supply. Didn’t do well breastfeeding the first time.

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  8. I used 1 C. coconut oil instead of the butter and 1 C. natural (no sulfites) dried coconut instead of the nuts. I used an ice cream scoop to make big mounds. 12 minutes = perfect, chewy, thick, moist cookies. Thank you!

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    1. I also used a cup of coconut oil instead of butter and 3T of maple syrup instead of the molasses and the cookies came out delish! I just finished making them so can’t comment on whether or not they work.

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    1. Mine are on the dry side, too. And they didn’t spread out like your picture above. They’re tasty, but dry heaps of cookie nonetheless.

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  9. I just made a batch of these! I used 1 and 1/2 bananas instead of eggs as my son has an egg allergy. I also added about 3 tablespoons of coconut oil. I doubled the chocolate chips instead of putting nuts in (my son has a nut allergy, as well). I was wondering about the dark chocolate disclaimer, the link it broken and I’d like to know what’s so bad about dark chocolate.
    Thanks!

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  10. I accidentally left out the water and just threw the flax meal in. The cookies taste fine but lactation-wise, should it matter?

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  11. Ooh! One more question….I have never really loved molasses, but I think it’s good in some things. I’m worried to use so many ingredients and at a large quantity and end up not liking them because of the molasses. I know I wont mind it if it’s fairly mild. Can anyone tell me, who has tried this recipe, if because the 2T of it is disbursed in such a large amount of cookies if whether or not it’s as potent?

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    1. The molasses hardly tastes like molasses in the cookies at all (IMHO). Molasses is what is missing from white sugar (generally speaking) and what gives brown sugar its color. Here, molasses gives the cookies a richer brown sugar flavor, while adding a bit of moisture and a decent amount of iron- which is what aids in the milk making. That said, I’ve done this recipe imperfectly nearly every time I’ve made it and forgotten ingredients entirely- the reason I posted it is that it’s VERY forgiving and adaptable to suit personal tastes and baking abilities. 🙂

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      1. Hello! I found your recipe and have been soooo happy with it!! I had to alter it slightly the first time because I don’t ever buy molasses. Here are the changes I made, I even fed them to a male friend and 3 other mommies… love how much this recipe can be played with to create variety!!
        Used all the same dry ingredients you have listed. Used Buckwheat Honey instead of molasses, omitted the cinnamon and nuts. For the added pieces: 1 cup milk chocolate chips, 1 cup craisins, 1 cup shredded coconut.
        I baked them until they were more browning slightly around the edges but weren’t solid in the middle… made for a very chewy yummy cookie! And they TOTALLY made a difference in my supply!

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  12. Cannot wait to make these! I need to make them tomorrow. I have some brewer’s yeast if I HAVE to use it 😉 But…it’s not gluten free and I recently learned I have a gluten intolerance so I’d need to either deal with it, or replace it. Is nutritional yeast a (get ready fun word!) Galacatagogue?

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    1. That is FANTASTIC! Butter is the one ingredient I wrestled with substituting (though I had some decent batches) and I am sorta-kinda enamored with coconut oil, to begin with. It is so, SO versatile and useful! How much did you use to substitute for the two sticks here? I’m off to go Google a guide, in the meantime. Thank you!

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  13. My little one was losing weight, and I knew I was not making enough milk. I would get up in the a.m. and pump only 2-3 ounces between both breasts. I was taking fenugreek, nursing on demand and pumping, nothing was helping. I made lactation cookies and 3 days later, well, I just got up after only 4 haurs of sleep and pumped 9ounces! I could not be happier, and neither could my baby boy! He isn't fussing at an empty breast anymore!

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  14. My little one was losing weight, and I knew I was not making enough milk. I would get up in the a.m. and pump only 2-3 ounces between both breasts. I was taking fenugreek, nursing on demand and pumping, nothing was helping. I made lactation cookies and 3 days later, well, I just got up after only 4 haurs of sleep and pumped 9ounces! I could not be happier, and neither could my baby boy! He isn't fussing at an empty breast anymore!

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    1. Hello.. My little boy is 4weeks old and is not getting enough from me.. After pumping I realized I am only producing 2-2 1/2 ounces combined. 😦 I was wondering how many cookies a day you ate so I know how many I should be eating. Also it was after 3 days that you started producing more or did it gradually increase over those 3 days. Thanks.
      Brittany.

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      1. I have only made these cookies twice over the last couple of weeks. I eat them a few times a day (mainly because I want to!) and have not read anywhere how often I should be eating them either. I noticed a difference in the first couple of days. good luck!

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  15. Thank you for this recipe! I altered it to be gluten-free by using only GF oats, and subbing the flour for 1 cup almond meal and 1 cup GF baking mix. I also omitted the molasses as I am not a huge fan, and ran out of brown sugar so had to use about 2/3 white to get it up to that full cup. And I emptied about 8 fenugreek capsules into it (which smelled faintly like curry). They are in the oven now and I can't wait to try them! It was nice to find a recipe that didn't rely heavily on flour or peanut butter (just wasn't craving the pb). So thanks for posting it!

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  16. Wasn't sure I was going to be able to breast feed my son past six months. I am CONVINCED these cookies are the reason why he is still getting mommy's milk exclusively…at 11 months! Thank you so much for this recipe…I share it with all my soon-to-be mom friends.

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  17. Aw, thank you, Leslie. I'm going to have to put together a piece for and about you soon here, too! 😉 Maybe I'll re-release the same recipe and call them "Menopause Cookies" I bet it would be a hit!

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  18. I LOVE how I can hear your voice, Julie, as you write. There's enough nutritional reasons to eat these cookies, that even a menopausal woman like me can benefit! 🙂

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  19. Wow, this is great! I only wish I had known this two years ago, when I was trying to breastfeed my son. It's good to keep in mind in case another munchin comes around.Thanks for following Spirit, Mind and Body. I'm your newest follower too!Marcia

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  20. Ahhh….I could have used this a while back. I just drank beer, that also increases lactation and I took some pills given to my by my naturopath…it all totally helped. I had such problems with supply. The things we do as Mommies….

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