How to Increase Your Milk Supply || Lactation Cookie Recipe

 
One of the most frustrating moments, as a new mother, can be battling with your milk supply. As baby O rounded her 4th month, my supply started to drop drastically. How did I know this? Here are the signs that told me that my supply was dwindling:
* a sudden drop in weight (we are talking 8 pounds in one week)
*”empty” feeling all day/all night long
*baby was never satisfied || prior to my drop in my supply, baby O would nurse 1 side and sometimes a 2nd side (because she was always so full after the 1st) || After the drop, she would nurse both sides for an eternity, hoping more milk would come and it never did
*She would wake up 5+ times per night to get in extra feedings because she was not getting enough to eat during the day
*I started supplementing with a few of her feedings and she guzzled it down as if she was starving to death
 
Now, please note that I am not a lactation consultant and all of this is from experience. It may work for you, it may not. But I hope that it does! πŸ™‚
 
What I should have done when baby O was only taking one side, would have been to pump BOTH sides afterwards to completely drain them. If you do not do that, your telling your body that she only needs one side every few hours and your milk supply will drop like crazy (as mine did). She would have been fine with it, if she wasn’t growing – because she obviously needs much more now – then she did 2 months ago.
 
I was also sick during this time (just an upper respiratory infection) which makes you even more dehydrated. It is important to drink, drink, drink!!
 
So here is what I did to increase the boobie juice(I started this on a Saturday and saw an increase in my supply mildly by Tuesday and drastically by the end of the week)
 
 
  1. DRINK a crap ton of fluids. We are taking gallons. Like so much water that you think you might just burst at the seams πŸ™‚    Even better than water, is gatorade. I drank a ton of it.
  2. Fenugreek. A godsend. I took this 4 times per day and it makes me smell like maple syrup (there are worse things, right?) Once your supply is back where you want it, you can stop taking it. I purchased mine at a local health food store, but you can grab some here too.
  3. Rest. Your body cannot make the milk your baby needs unless you are getting the rest that you need. My lactation consultant is adamant about this. Give the babe to the hubby/grandma/someone and GO TO BED girlfriend!
  4. Eat. Now, I should tell you to try to eat as much as possible and try to eat healthy….but to be honest, I just ate whatever. I ate like a horse. Seriously. Every hour, a snack.
  5. Steel Cut Oats need to become your best friend. I had a bowl of this twice a day. I LOVE this stuff. I put organic maple syrup and berries on mine!
  6. One bottle of Guinness per day. Yes, beer. It’s yummy, it relaxes you, and it increases your boobie juice. Drink it.
  7. Eat dark leafy greens. I was making spinach salad with tuna/carrots (also increase your supply) || You can also eat asparagus/brown rice/hummus
  8. Lactation Cookies || The best damn cookies you’ll ever eat. Seriously, I love these and I ate like 4 a day. I swear they helped to increase my supply!

Here is the lactation cookie recipe I used:

Ingredients you will need
 
3 cups of steel cut oats
2 cups of almond flour
1 1/2 cups of brown sugar
1 cup of chocolate chips
1 cup of butter
4 tablespoons of water
4 tablespoons of Brewer’s Yeast
2 tablespoons of flaxseed meal
2 eggs
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon of baking soda
 
How to whip them up
 
1. Preheat oven to 375Β°
2. Mix together 2 tablespoons of flaxseed meal with the water and set aside for 3-5 minutes
3. Cream the butter and brown sugar. Add eggs one at a time, beat well.
3. Stir in flaxseed meal mixture with vanilla to the butter mix. Beat until blended.
4. Stir together your dry ingredients separately (except oats and chips)
5. Add to butter mixture. Stir in oats and then chips
6. Scoop or drop onto baking sheet.
 
The dough can be a bit crumbly, I used two spoons to scoop and transfer to the baking sheet.
 
Bake for 8-10 minutes, depending on the size of your cookies. It makes approximately 3-4 dozen (!!)
 
(recipe borrowed from here)
 
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17 Comments

  1. January 28, 2014 / 11:43 am

    Oatmeal always helped bring mine back up!

  2. January 28, 2014 / 7:43 am

    Oatmeal always helped bring mine back up!

  3. January 28, 2014 / 4:21 pm

    Great tips! I did all of the above except the Guinness…really though??? Wow…I will have to try this with the next bubba πŸ™‚
    Linh
    http://abeautifulrawr.com

  4. January 28, 2014 / 5:10 pm

    this post came at the perfect time and i feel like my supply is dropping!! definitely going to put these tips to use mama!

    hope all is well! xox

  5. January 28, 2014 / 12:21 pm

    Great tips! I did all of the above except the Guinness…really though??? Wow…I will have to try this with the next bubba πŸ™‚
    Linh
    http://abeautifulrawr.com

  6. January 28, 2014 / 1:10 pm

    this post came at the perfect time and i feel like my supply is dropping!! definitely going to put these tips to use mama!

    hope all is well! xox

  7. January 28, 2014 / 6:34 pm

    i’m so glad you upped your supply! i can’t imagine losing mine (although my freezer is literally bursting with milk so i’d probably be okay for a while). such a disappointing thing, i’m sure.

  8. January 28, 2014 / 2:34 pm

    i’m so glad you upped your supply! i can’t imagine losing mine (although my freezer is literally bursting with milk so i’d probably be okay for a while). such a disappointing thing, i’m sure.

  9. January 29, 2014 / 5:14 pm

    thanks for sharing! I don’t have an issue with my supply but would like to keep it high as my little lady gets bigger. Made an oder and plan on baking soon!
    xo
    Natalie

  10. January 29, 2014 / 1:14 pm

    thanks for sharing! I don’t have an issue with my supply but would like to keep it high as my little lady gets bigger. Made an oder and plan on baking soon!
    xo
    Natalie

  11. February 3, 2014 / 9:45 pm

    Have you tried Motherlove More Milk Plus? It has Fenugreek, as well as other things. I still take it everyday and it doesn’t leave me with that maple syrup smell!

    xx Viv
    joiedeviv.blogspot.com

  12. February 3, 2014 / 5:45 pm

    Have you tried Motherlove More Milk Plus? It has Fenugreek, as well as other things. I still take it everyday and it doesn’t leave me with that maple syrup smell!

    xx Viv
    joiedeviv.blogspot.com

  13. August 9, 2017 / 4:05 pm

    Yes the BeerπŸ€£πŸ™ŒπŸ»πŸ€·πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ Totes believe it helps! Except I’ll replace yours with Summer Shandy daily… I’m stocked up being as it’s seasonal lol!

  14. Emma
    August 9, 2017 / 8:48 pm

    Just made these cookies, delicious. I baked them at 350, not 450 ( the first batch burnt because it was a bit high).

  15. August 14, 2017 / 4:19 pm

    Does it have to be the Brewer’s yeast? Is there a difference between that and regular active yeast?

  16. August 18, 2017 / 4:16 pm

    Question… the steel cut oats still feel tough after I bake them. Is this normal?

    • Courtney
      August 21, 2017 / 8:15 am

      I just made them and am having the same trouble. They are very tough.

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