Wilkie weighed 3.8 kilos at birth (a big, tall baby!), and after the initial weight loss that most newborns experience, it took him nearly three weeks to put back on his birth weight. The midwives weren’t overly concerned, especially knowing I had successfully breastfed four other babies, but they did start suggesting natural ways to boost my milk supply.
The first and most important thing they said is just to eat more — to increase my calorie intake by at least 1,000 calories. They suggested eating foods that are high in good fats — things like full fat milks, cheeses, yoghurts, butter, oils, etc. They also suggested oats, fennel seeds, almonds, and fenugreek (which you can take in tablet form).
My friend Cara sent me the below recipe for lactation biscuits (the main milk-boosting ingredients being oats, flaxseeds and brewer’s yeast), and I have now made two batches of these tasty cookies. They are delicious, and I swear they really do the trick! I love having a jar of cookies on the kitchen counter to remind me to eat more calories, and if there was ever a great excuse to eat chocolate chip cookies, this is the one! Here is the recipe:
Housepoet’s Famous Lactation Boosting Oatmeal, Chocolate Chip & Flaxseed cookies:
-1 cup butter
-1 cup sugar
-1 cup brown sugar
-4 tablespoons water
-2-3 tablespoons flaxseed meal* (be generous)
-2 large eggs
-1 teaspoon vanilla
-2 cups flour
-1 teaspoon baking soda
-1 teaspoon salt
-3 cups oats, thick cut if you can get them
-1 cup or more chocolate chips (you can also substitute dried fruit — raisins, chopped dates, dried figs, etc. We like to mix fruit and chocolate for an extra yummy cookie)
-2 tablespoons of brewers yeast* (be generous)
Preheat oven at 375° F. Mix together 2 tablespoons of flaxseed meal and water, set aside for 3-5 minutes. Cream beat well) butter and sugar. Add eggs one at a time, mix well. Stir flaxseed mixture and add with vanilla to the margarine mix. Beat until blended. Sift together dry ingredients, except oats and chips. Add to margarine mixture. Stir in oats then chips. Scoop or drop onto baking sheet, preferably lined with parchment or silpat. The dough is a little crumbly, so it helps to use a scoop.
Bake 8-12 minutes, depending on size of cookies.
Serves: 6 dozen cookies
*can be found at any local health food store.