Breastfeeding is truly a labor of love. Sometimes it’s easy, and sometimes it’s really, really hard. I’m seven months in, nursing my second baby, and after a rocky first few months of oversupply, slow weight gain, and bottle refusal, we finally hit a groove. With my going back to work last month after maternity leave, I’m doing much more pumping than actual nursing during the workweek. A lot of nursing mamas, myself included, don’t respond as well to the pump so we have to come up with creative ways to fill those bottles!
There are lots of things that impact milk supply. For me, staying hydrated is the most critical. I drink a ton of water and sometimes try Gatorade or coconut water from time to time. There are also people who swear by power pumping supplements such as fenugreek, and eating oatmeal, dark leafy greens and other high protein foods. Other sworn-by milk boosters include lactation cookies/bars/bites/cereals and teas. I’ve tried several, and wanted to share with you a recipe (courtesy of the Bakermama) for no-bake lactation bites that are not only delicious but effective (for me, at least). I notice an increase in my supply on the days that I have them. Bonus points for not having to turn on the oven! Enjoy, mamas!
- 2 cups old-fashioned oats
- ½ cup ground or milled flaxseed
- 3 tablespoons brewer’s yeast
- 1 cup peanut butter or almond butter
- ½ cup honey
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- ½ cup dark chocolate chips
- Using an electric mixer, mix all ingredients (except chocolate chips) on low just until combined. Stir in the chocolate chips (or any other add-ins that you like, such as dried cranberries, nuts, mini M&Ms, etc.).
- Roll mixture into 2-tablespoon sized balls and place on a parchment-lined plate or baking sheet. Chill for 30 minutes or enjoy right away. Once the bites have chilled for a bit, transfer to a glass or plastic container or ziploc bag and store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks (though, you may have trouble keeping them around that long – I typically make a batch each week).