Lactation Boosting Recipes
New mamas have enough on their plates and, if you're breastfeeding, concerns about milk production can add to that and cause even more stress. Chances are you're burning through more calories than you may think, and it's important to feel as energized and nourished as possible. Thankfully, there's a little help scattered throughout the aisles of the grocery store. We now know that certain foods like oatmeal, flax seeds, brewer's yeast, avocados and leafy greens are believed to help with breast milk supply. But there's only so much oatmeal one can eat, so we gathered together some of our favorite lactation-boosting recipes in hopes that milk supply need not be one of the many things you have to think about today. And breastfeeding or not, these smoothies, cookies, granola bars and sandwiches don't have to be just for mamas—they'll go over well with the whole family.
Quinoa Salad with Roasted Sweet Potato, Kale and Pesto Vinaigrette
Hearty greens and sweet potatoes are a great energy boost for the new mama and this salad packs it in. The sunflower seeds add an addictive crunch and the pesto-inspired dressing is great as a dip or sandwich spread,too.
Recipe via Cookie +Kate
Vegan Green Goddess Griller
This is one killer vegan sandwich with lots of good fats to help boost lactation. We love the nutty pesto, creamy avocado and big handful of greens. Feel-good food at its best.
Recipe via One Green Planet
Blueberry Baked Oatmeal
Because you can use fresh or frozen blueberries, this baked oatmeal is great any time of year. Fold in ground flax seeds and brewer's yeast for extra lactation-boosting properties.
Recipe via Cookie +Kate
Banana Nutella Granola
Boasting a whopping ½ cup of ground flax, this granola is not messing around. A fragrant mixture of mashed banana, maple syrup, Nutella and vanilla is poured over a bowl of oats, flax and almonds. We can almost smell it baking now.
Recipe via Sally's Baking Addiction
Blueberry Oatmeal Smoothie
We realize you may have your smoothie game locked up, but there's always room for another unique, inspired combination and this blueberry recipe is just that. Sweetened with agave and packed with blueberries and vanilla Greek yogurt, this smoothie is vibrant, delicious and filling.
Recipe via Garnish with Lemon
Dairy-Free Lactation Cookies
Let's face it, lactation cookies are the best excuse to indulge in an extra treat every now and then. And these beauties are full of oats, brewer's yeast and flax seeds. They're also dairy-free for those mamas watching their dairy intake.
Recipe via Tastes Lovely
Dark Chocolate Pistachio Granola Bars
Granola bars can so often be overly sweet – more dessert fare than a healthy breakfast or snack option. These bars are quite the opposite: naturally sweetened (and no baking required), they're loaded with oats, crunchy pistachios and a smooth layer of tempting dark chocolate.
Recipe via Chelsea's Messy Apron
Green Lactation Smoothie
Dark leafy greens are paired with coconut and hemp protein (essential fatty acids and omega-3s galore) to make this delicious green smoothie come to life. If you have trouble finding coconut meat, feel free to use half an avocado instead.
Recipe via Detoxinista
Healthy Sweet Potato Casserole
Pair creamy vanilla-flecked sweet potatoes with a crunchy, nutty oat topping and you've got a casserole your family won't soon forget. Even better? The typical heavy cream and butter have been replaced with almond milk and coconut oil.
Recipe via Well Plated
No-Bake Lactation Cookies
These cookies take only 10 minutes to pull together, there's no baking required, and they're packed with healthy lactation-boosting ingredients. But really, can we talk about that peanut butter and chocolate? Makes 48 small cookies—enough to freeze for later or pass around and share.
Recipe via Small Friendly