The arrival of baby number 3 is imminent, I hope, I have been creating some more boobfeeding treats for the freezer to hopefully help me out… I have made some of these for my friends who have had babies recently and they seemed to have gone down ok. I am never sure of how much these things work but it is worth a go, surely! Hitting it from all angles and all that shit! I have read a lot about galactagogue foods (food that help and promote milk production). These are foods like:
Green Leafy Veggies (spinach, fenugreek leaves, mustard greens)
The thing that I have been told over and over (and over and over and over…) is that oats are the key. Eat oats, they say and then have more oats! So porridge is a good thing to start of your day with, porridge made with oat milk is even better! Pimping porridge with a sprinkling of ginger with oat milk or almond milk with dried apricots, almonds and a few other seeds on top is even better. Like I said, hitting it from all angles.
Personally, I am not sure that any of these things helped me loads but with the insufficient glandular tissue diagnosis that would make a lot of sense. But I am going to keep trying to boost my supply anyway. And the other people that I have made these things for have had really positive results so they must work!!
Here are 3 new recipes that I have been playing around with and I have had excellent feedback from people about them. Enjoy! I hope they work for you. Also, they make a great gift for a new Mummy too. I buy my Brewer’s Yeast from eBay here
350g Porridge Oats
2tbsp Brewer’s Yeast
100g Soft Brown Sugar
240ml Coconut Oil
Melt the Coconut Oil and mix with the soft brown sugar and then add the porridge oats and Brewer’s Yeast and give it all an really good mix. Add the eggs and stir it all together. Spoon the mixture onto a greased baking sheet using a dessert spoon and squash the mixture down. Bake in a preheated oven for about 20mins, until the tops are golden brown. You’ll probably have to bake in a few batches. You can add chocolate chips or chopped apicots or some seeds, the sky is the limit! Store in an airtight container and eat within 3 days but you can freeze them too!
Lactation Boosting Granola
180g light brown sugar
200g maple syrup or agave
130g Coconut Oil
30g Cocoa Powder
400g Porridge Oats
3tbsp Brewer’s Yeast
3tbsp Sesame Seeds
300g chopped Almonds (or ground Almonds if you want it less bitty)
100g Prunes, roughly chopped
150g Dried Apricots, roughly chopped
100g Dried Papaya (optional)
300g Dark Chocolate Chips (optional)
Preheat you oven to 150C and grease 2 large baking sheets.
Put the the brown sugar, maple syrup, coconut oil and coco powder in a saucepan and then pop it on a medium heat and melt it all together. Once all the ingredients are melted, leave the mixture to cool a little bit.
In a big bowl mix together the Oats, Brewer’s Yeast, seeds and nuts and then pour over the sugary mix. Stir until all the ingredients are thoroughly incorporated. Spread the mix onto your 2 baking sheets and pop into the preheated oven.
Bake for 10mins and then using a large spoon give everything a stir. Repeat this every 10 minutes until the mix has been in the oven for 40mins in total.
Take the mix out of the oven and give it a final stir and then allow it to cool.
Once cooled add in the chopped fruit and chocolate and store in an airtight container, like a large kilner jar. Serve with ice cold Oat Milk or Almond Milk (or cows milk if you prefer)
And now for pure indulgence… In the early days of boobfeeding your tiny human you will require a few midnight snacks to keep you alert and awake in the small hours of the morning. My best advice is to keep a very large bottle of water at hand for feeding and a few snacks and these brownies are brilliant for that. Cut them into little chunks for a burst of energy and the almonds and the Brewer’s Yeast will help with your supply and the dark chocolate will help with keep your iron levels up.
150g Dark Chocolate (at least 85% cocoa solids)
200g Light Brown Sugar
50g Ground Almonds
45g Cocoa Powder
2tbsp Brewers Yeast
Preheat your oven to 180C and grease and line a square pan.
Break up the chocolate into a glass bowl that just fits over a saucepan. Add the butter to the bowl. Put some boiling water into your saucepan and allow it to simmer, place the bowl over the simmering water. Melt the chocolate and butter together and then remove from the heat.
In another bowl add in all the other ingredients and mix thoroughly and then pour over the chocolate mix. Pour the brownie batter into the greased tin and pop in the oven. Bake for 25 – 40 mins, until the tray doesn’t wobble when you give it a shake.
Allow to cool, cut into 2cm². Store in a airtight container. These brownies can be frozen in small batches too.
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