Eating to Support Lactation
This lactation recipe is one of my favorites because it is versatile, simple, and delicious. For me, it is easier to make than lactation cookies since you just pour the batter into a pan and bake.
Once I returned to work and had to pump daily, I would bake up one of these cakes every few weeks. The cake freezes well, so I would take a piece to work to enjoy as a snack during my afternoon pumping session. (It’s not weird to eat and pump, right?)
The rolled oats and brewer’s yeast can help boost your milk supply and provide a healthy source of fiber. The coconut topping lends a unique texture and of course a delicious coconutty taste.
And the berries are just the right combination of bitter and sweet. You don’t even realize you’re eating something that isn’t purely indulgent and also has lactation boosting benefits! (Disclosure: this recipe contains affiliate links)
Recipe: Lactation Boosting Berry Cake
3 cups rolled oats
1 cup boiling water
1 cup brown sugar
½ cup butter, melted
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup flour
½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp Brewer’s Yeast*
2 cups berries of choice
1/3 cup grated coconut (topping)
- Heat oven to 350°F. Grease 9×11 or 9×9 inch pan.
- Soak oats in boiling water while preparing the batter (but do not drain the oats).
- In a large bowl, cream together sugar, egg, butter, and vanilla.
- Sift together dry ingredients.
- Mix dry ingredients into wet ingredients.
- Stir in the undrained soaked oats and berries.
- Pour batter into greased pan and bake at 350°F for 20-25 minutes.
- Remove from oven and top with grated coconut. Cool before cutting/serving.
*A note on the brewer’s yeast – this ingredient is most likely to help boost your milk supply so try not to omit it. Sometimes it can be hard to find in stores but you can get it online! Brewer’s yeast always helps boost my milk supply – read about my success with it here.
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