So there is not much research on food based galactogogues (substances which increase your milk supply when your breastfeeding), and little hard core evidence to prove they really work. BUT many women swear lactation cookies and other such foods really do help, so it’s worth a shot. Also these Brownies are amazing, so they are a great nourishing treat for any breastfeeding mum.
The magic ingredients (i.e. the ones some say help boost lactation) in these Brownies include: Brewers Yeast, Oats, Almonds, and Linseed (also known as flaxseed). They are also packed with energy (calories) and protein which is important to eat adequately for breastmilk production.
Other tips to increase your breastmilk supply include:
- lots of fluid for mum, on average breastfeeding mums need approx 13 cups of fluid (does not have to be all water) per day. If you are having a lot less then that, then supply can sometimes drop off.
- do not go on fad diets or meal replacement shakes when breastfeeding. While you might be eager to get the weight off, extreme dietary restriction can have a big impact on supply. Breastfeeding has the highest caloric needs of any time of life, so you need to eat well, with good intake of calories and protein. Aim for 3 nourishing main meals a day and 2-4 snacks. Talk to a dietitian if you need help finding the right balance for you.
- Frequent breastfeeding – do not feed to a clock this can decrease your supply. Some women who are really low in supply may also benefit from extra pumping. The more baby feeds, the more milk you make.
- Get your attachment and feeding checked by a lactation consultant. If baby is not feeding effectively this can decrease your supply.
- For women who are really struggling there are medications which are proven to increase supply, if you think you fit into this category have a chat to your doctor.
Many women worry they have low supply, when in actual fact they are doing fine. Signs you are producing enough breastmilk when exclusively breastfeeding your baby include a) a baby who is growing well as assessed by a health professional b) a baby who has lots of wet nappies 6-8 wet nappies, or 4-5 heavy soaked disposal nappies, in a 24 hours period, c) regular soft poos which are not hard to baby to pass.
You can find more information about breastfeeding supply on our previous blog https://www.drstar.com.au/how-do-i-know-my-baby-is-getting-enough-breastmilk/ and from the Australian Breastfeeding Association https://www.breastfeeding.asn.au/
Ok now for this magnificent recipe.
1 Cup of Self Raising Flour
2 Tablespoons Brewers Yeast (make sure you get deactivated yeast and not active live yeast otherwise you may get a very sore tummy, I found deactivated yeast in the health food section of the Woolworths supermarket which is what prompted me to create this recipe).
1/2 cup of LSA (Lindseed, Seasame and Almond) mix
1 cup of mixed dried fruit, nut and seed trail mix
2 Tablespoons cocco powder
1 cup brown sugar
175 grams melted butter
1/2 cup milk
Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Line a slice tin with baking paper. Press mixture into lined tin. Bake in a moderate oven until done. (sorry I always forget to look at the time, I think it was about 20-30 minutes)
Allergy Tips and Advice:
Coeliac or wheat allergy : Sorry this one is not suitable
Nut, Egg or Soy Allergy: Sorry this one is not suitable
Dairy Milk Allergy: Replace milk with a non dairy milk replacer such as soy, oat, rice or almond milk. REplace butter with nutalex dairy free margarine.
If you have no need to increase breast milk supply you could just leave out the deactivated brewers yeast which was pretty $$$, also you could use peanuts and sultanas rather than a trail mix with more expensive ingredients.
Oh my gosh this tastes so good!
Warning if you are not breastfeeding or athletic teen its pretty high calories so take it easy, which is hard to do, because it tastes amazing!!!