Oatmeal cookies and milkAs women, we’re constantly in search of the quick-fix: the trick to flawless skin, healthy hair, or that magic bullet that will melt away those unwanted pounds. And as nursing moms, we look for that magical elixir guaranteed to protect and/or amplify our milk supply. While a single food, herb, or tea that claims to increase milk supply may seem tempting, the truth is that the best way to make more milk is frequent milk removal (via nursing, pumping, and/or hand expression). Nevertheless, some women have reported a slight surge in their milk supply by simply adding oatmeal to their diet.

What’s the “science” behind the hype? Suggested theories are that oatmeal boosts iron supplies, promotes relaxation, and lowers cholesterol, all of which may contribute to an uptick in lactation. While I have never been a believer in the magic bullet, if simply incorporating some creamy, healthy oatmeal into your daily diet could increase your milk supply, what do you have to lose?  While most experts claim that it would take a massive quantity of the hard-core Irish variety to make even a slight difference, some women report that even a moderate quantity of oat-y goodness from something as simple as instant oatmeal affects their milk production.

Our verdict? While you can’t expect a miracle and we’re certainly not promising that some added oatmeal will translate to free-flowing milk, the risks are minimal and we see only good things to be gained by giving oatmeal a chance. While there are many oatmeal-based lactation cookies available in the marketplace, one of our followers has combined five different recipes to create her own homemade version of the ultimate “milk-making” cookie. Give them a try and let us know if they work for you!

Cassy’s Milk-Making Cookies

Ingredients

1 cup butter (softened)
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons flax seed meal, or whole seeds if you like the texture
2 tablespoons chia seeds
6 tablespoons of water
2 eggs (preferably not too cold)
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
4 tablespoons brewer’s yeast
3 cups rolled oats
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1 cup of your choice – raisins, chocolate chips, Craisins or nuts

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Soak both the chia seeds and the flax seed in the water while you go through the next few steps. This will allow them time to soften. It will become gel-like.
  3. Mix the dry ingredients together, except for the sugars.
  4. Cream the butter and sugars together. Add the eggs, seed mix, and vanilla. Mix well.
  5. Slowly add your dry ingredients by stirring them together.
  6. Drop cookies by the spoonful onto an ungreased cookie sheet.
  7. Bake 10 minutes (give or take 2-3 minutes depending on your oven).
  8. Savor, share, and let us know if they work for you!