The one time you’re allowed—no, encouraged—to indulge in delectable treats at 2:30 in the morning. The internet is stocked with lactation recipes of all sorts. My biggest beef lactation recipes is that many are…er, well…gross. I find a recipe that looks good, but when after after a couple hours of baking, they taste like cardboard. Have you had the same problem? If you have, look no further! I’ve scoured the Pinterest to find verifiably delicious lactation recipes. Once I post this, I’m heading straight to the kitchen. I hope you enjoy these recipes too!
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15 Tasty Lactation Recipes to Improve Your Milk Production
The Two Ingredients that Make a Recipe “Breastfeeding-Friendly”
Before we get started on the recipes, there are a couple of key ingredients that you should have in your pantry. Milk supply issues are fairly common throughout the first year of motherhood, so it’s a good idea to stock up on these items now. Whatever you do, don’t buy these ingredients at a brick and mortar health foods store. You’ll pay an arm and a leg!
Key ingredients for lactation pastries:
Brewer’s yeast is, more or less, the biproduct made from fermenting beer (don’t worry, no alcoholic content!). It’s high in chromium, selenium, and vitamin B. Pair that with the gratitious amounts of vitamin e, fiber, and omega 3, and you’ll be producing more milk in no time!
Pastries & Cookies
Isn’t it just a little ironic that a cookie is the go-to lactation snack? No one ever talks about lactation soup or lactation salads (at least I don’t). I think its because we moms realize that we deserve a little break—a little indulgence—while we work hard to produce. Then again, you can only eat so many cookies before you begin to pack the pounds. So, I tried to add recipes in this section that are sweet, delicious, and post-baby diet-friendly.
1: Oatmeal Flax Blueberry Muffins
Any time I see “flaxseed” and “brewer’s yeast,” I begin to worry that the recipe will turn out bland, but this recipe is far from it. Blueberries, crumble, and powdered sugar glaze? “Healthy” never tasted so good.
2: The Best Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Muffins
These apple cinnamon oatmeal muffins are perfect for a mommy play date or a nice lactation snack for around the house. Morgan from The Mostly Sane Mommy, the author of this recipe, also suggests adding a couple tablespoons of brewer’s yeast for additional lactation power.
3: Lactation M & M Cookies
Put a tasty new twist on traditional lactation cookies by adding M & Ms.
4: Salted Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Butterscotch Cookies
This is my definition of savory. In my opinion, it’s the butterscotch that makes this lactation recipe such a charm. It adds a rich, creamy flavor that masks the flaxseed and brewer’s yeast.
5: Heavenly Zucchini Bread
If you had asked me a few weeks ago if there was anything remotely “heavenly” about zucchini, I would’ve given you an emphatic NO! This lactation recipe definitely qualifies. If you’re tired of lactation cookies and need a healthier dessert, give this a try.
Lactation Breakfast Ideas
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, which is why I added a full section dedicated to it. It’s also the meal that I tend to fall off the wagon when I don’t watch myself. Pancakes, french toast, crepes…I’m a sucker for breakfast breads. Can I get an amen? If you have the same issue, don’t worry. These lactation breakfast ideas are seriously tasty but won’t consume your entire caloric allowance in one sitting.
6: Strawberry Banana Lactation Smoothie
Strawberry Banana smoothies are my absolute fave. I never grow tired of them. This particular smoothie recipe is fabulous. Personally, I can’t really stand the taste of brewer’s yeast unless it’s baked with tons of butter and sugar, so I made a slight adjustment to the recipe and stuck with flaxseed.
7: Avocado Bacon & Eggs
This is such a fantastic idea! No, this recipe does not have any flaxseed or brewer’s yeast. However, avocados, eggs, and cheese (and bacon has protein, right?) are excellent lactation-friendly foods. In this form, I think even my husband would be willing to eat an avocado.
8: Banana Oatmeal Pancakes
Can you say tasty flourless pancakes? I can’t believe I am! No almond flour, no rice flour, just pure oats, bananas, and eggs. It’s the perfect healthy breakfast alternative.
9: Coconut Latte Overnight Oats
Oatmeal is the number one go-to for lactating moms. It’s in almost every woman’s pantry and it’s extremely easy to make. But, let’s be honest. Oats gets real boring, real fast. That’s why I love Fit Foodie Finds’ take on the traditional oatmeal. Coconut milk and coffee combined in one glorious, pre-made breakfast.
10: French Toast Overnight Oats
I know, two overnight oats recipes. These things are the bomb. I love Smart Little Cookie’s version. Packed with syrup and delicious almond milk, it also contains scoop of super-boosting protein powder and chia seeds, which is an excellent source of protein, fiber, and calcium.
Easy Dinner Lactation Recipes
If you don’t need super quick results and are looking for healthy meals that support lactation, check out these awesome dinner ideas. As much as I’d like to convince myself otherwise, man cannot live on bread alone. Sorry, Oprah. These dinner lactation recipes are very healthy, great for just about any diet, and can give you the boost you need.
11: Spinach Quiche Muffins
If you’re struggling to eat the green stuff, this is the perfect recipe for you. My husband hates spinach, but it seems like he always makes an exception when quiche is involved. Red peppers, spinach, eggs, and mushrooms make up the perfect appetizer from a Saturday night get-together.
12: Creamy Chicken Quinoa Broccoli Casserole
If your household is like mine, you might find it difficult to cram any healthy ingredients onto the dinner table. Especially quinoa. My husband hates the texture, mostly. This lactation recipe contains the perfect combination of indulgence and nutrition, containing delicious gruyere cheese and butter, and quinoa and broccoli.
13: One Pan Lemon Garlic Salmon & Asparagus
I love salmon, but it can be a bother to cook sometimes. You undercook it and it has that nasty (to me), wet fishy taste. You overcook it and it’s dry. I don’t have time to cook salmon to it’s full potential. That’s why I’m super-psyched about this one pan oven-cooked recipe. Throw it in the broiler or grill, cook it on high for 10 minutes, and you’ve got an easy, lactation-friendly dinner meal.
14: Skinny Sweet Potato Casserole with Maple Pecan Topping
Can I let you in on a secret? I’m working on my ultimate sweet potato casserole recipe right now. I’m just playing with the ingredients to find the perfect combination of brewer’s yeast and flaxseed. Until it’s finished, this sweet potato casserole is phenomenal. This vegan recipe has all of the ingredients that really matter for lactation: sweet potatoes, coconut oil, almond milk, and almond milk. Delicious!!
15: Easy Guacamole Recipe
Guacamole is one of the healthiest and easiest recipes you can create that contains all of the nutrients you need to produce milk. Making the perfect guac is a little bit of an art, but this recipe is easy and allows you to customize it to your preferences.
I hope this list of savory lactation recipes proves one thing: increasing your milk production can be a very tasty adventure! What did you think? Did you try any of them?
Are you struggling with a low supply and need to boost your production, like, yesterday? Check out my post about How to Increase Your Milk Supply Fast for more ideas.