Lactation Cookies

 

Lactation Cookies 

If you are breastfeeding now or plan to once your baby arrives, I recommend having some lactation cookies on hand for when you are at the hospital after delivery and at home in the freezer. Lactation cookies help fuel your body with the nutrients it needs to keep producing milk for your baby. Many first-time moms struggle with having enough milk, issues with latching on, pumping, and more. Breastfeeding can be challenging, but when you ask for help from a lactation consultant, they can give you tips and tricks to get past struggles, and these cookies can help fuel your body and help build up your milk supply so you can continue. 

What is so unique about lactation cookies? They are full of beneficial ingredients like flaxseed,  oats and more that have been known to help moms out there who are struggling to boost their milk supply. Another tip I will toss in is to make sure you are drinking lots of water each day. Being dehydrated can lower your milk supply on its own, so grab some cookies and a tall glass of ice water, and work on boosting your milk supply. 

These Cranberry Apple Lactation cookies are not only great for boosting your milk supply, but they are a delicious treat. I know the first little while you might feel like you are ravenous, or at least I did. I would make up some cookies and put them in a sealed container and leave it to sit by the chair that I would feed my son. When I sat down to feed him, I had a snack and a glass of water handy so I could multi-task. These cookies can genuinely help boost your milk. They are full of delicious flavors, rich and chewy, and a great healthy snack option for any new mom! Side note: I have not nursed in 9 years now and I still eat these cookies! 

I did want to mention too that if you’re military and have a spouse deployed, with your Tricare insurance you can take advantage of 1 Natural Way! This is a  program that provides assistance to mothers whose spouses are deployed. They offer a breastfeeding pump, supplies, and even education to help you find success in breastfeeding. It is a great resource that gives you high-quality pumps like Medela and Spectra to Tricare Members. You will for sure want to check them out if you are pregnant or nursing. 

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Lactation Cookies

Note: Many times my husband has easily made this recipe and made double batches.

Directions:

Start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees.

Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. If you don’t have parchment paper, you would want to spray your cookie sheets so that your cookies do not stick. You can also use a non-stick mat like HERE.

In a large bowl you will want to whisk flour, oats, baking soda, salt, nutmeg and cinnamon together.

Grab another mixing bowl and in that separate bowl beat the butter and brown sugar together with a mixer until its light and fluffy.

Then add the grated apple, egg and vanilla and beat until well combined.

Slowly add wet ingredients to dry ingredients. Mixing while pouring until it’s mixed well. Fold in cranberries.

Using a Tablespoon, drop spoonfuls of batter onto parchment paper. You can flatten out each cookie with the back of your spoon or by simply using your fingers.  This step is VERY important because this particular cookie doesn’t flatten out and expand on its own while cooking. So you need to ensure that this is done prior to baking. (Side note: spray the parchment paper with nonstick spray prior to dropping the batter on the paper. You’ll thank me later.)

Bake 12-15 mins at 350 degrees. Serve warm.

If you’re also doing Weight Watchers, these cookies are perfect to have on plan!

Weight Watchers PointsPlus – 2 and Weight Watchers SmartPoints – 3

Don’t Forget to Print The Recipe For Later! 

Lactation Cookies

Ingredients

  • ½ cup white wheat flour
  • ½ tsp. Cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. Nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp. Baking soda
  • ¼ tsp. Salt
  • 1 ¼ cup old fashioned oats
  • ¼ cup flax seed
  • 4 Tablespoons of softened butter
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 large apple, peeled and grated
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ tsp. Pure vanilla extract
  • ½ cup dried cranberries

Instructions

  1. Start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees.

  2. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. If you don't have parchment paper, you would want to spray your cookie sheets so that your cookies do not stick. You can also use a non-stick mat.

  3. In a large bowl you will want to whisk flour, oats, baking soda, salt, nutmeg and cinnamon together.

  4. Grab another mixing bowl and in that separate bowl beat the butter and brown sugar together with a mixer until its light and fluffy.

  5. Then add the grated apple, egg and vanilla and beat until well combined.

  6. Slowly add wet ingredients to dry ingredients. Mixing while pouring until it's mixed well. Fold in cranberries.

  7. Using a Tablespoon, drop spoonfuls of batter onto parchment paper. You can flatten out each cookie with the back of your spoon or by simply using your fingers. This step is VERY important because this particular cookie doesn't flatten out and expand on its own while cooking. So you need to ensure that this is done prior to baking. (Side note: spray the parchment paper with nonstick spray prior to dropping the batter on the paper. You'll thank me later.

  8. Bake 12-15 mins at 350 degrees. Serve warm.

 

1 Natural Way, a TRICARE breast pump provider sponsored a post HERE.  I decided to go above and beyond and include this recipe as part of our partnership. I have NOT been compensated for this post,  but did include it for my partnership with their wonderful company. All opinions are entirely my own.

2 Comments on “Lactation Cookies”

  1. Your recipe for Cranberry Apple Lactation Cookies sounds simple to make, yummy and oh-so-beneficial while breastfeeding and pumping! Thank you so much for sharing 1 Natural Way with your readers.

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