Embarking on the journey of motherhood is a wondrous and sometimes overwhelming experience. As a new mom, your days are filled with the joy of nurturing your precious newborn, while simultaneously navigating the physical recovery from childbirth.
One common concern that often arises for new mothers is ensuring an ample milk supply for breastfeeding their baby. But fret not, for there’s a solution that can help alleviate your worries.
Allow me to introduce you to a delectable remedy, lactation muffins. These straightforward yet effective snacks are created specifically to support and maintain your milk supply, giving you comfort as you pursue breastfeeding. So, indulge in these delicious muffins and enjoy the healthy benefits they offer.
Staying Hydrated and Well-Nourished
To optimize milk production, it’s vital to maintain a healthy diet and stay well-hydrated. Aim to drink at least eight glasses of water per day and eat a balanced diet. It’s important to includes a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and healthy fats.
Foods and Supplements That Promote Lactation
Some foods and supplements, known as galactagogues, are believed to help boost milk supply. These include:
- Fenugreek: A popular herb that has been used for centuries to increase milk production.
- Brewer’s yeast: Rich in B vitamins, it’s thought to support lactation and boost energy levels.
- Oats: High in fiber and known for their milk-boosting properties. Oats are a staple in many lactation recipes.
- Fennel seeds: These aromatic seeds are believed to stimulate milk production and can be consumed as a tea or added to dishes.
- Flaxseed: Rich in omega-3 fatty acids, flaxseed is believed to improve the quality and quantity of breast milk.
- Pumpkin: Pumpkin, which is nutrient-rich and versatile, can be included in lactation recipes for flavor and advantages that will increase milk production.
It’s essential to consult with your healthcare provider or a lactation consultant before using any supplements or herbs.
Do These Lactation Muffins Really Work?
Yes! While individual results may vary, many moms have reported an increase in their milk supply after incorporating lactation-friendly foods like these muffins into their diets.
It’s important to remember that a balanced diet, proper hydration, and frequent nursing or pumping are also essential for maintaining milk supply.
What if I Don’t Have Brewer’s Yeast?
If you don’t have brewer’s yeast on hand or prefer not to use it, you can still make lactation muffins. Simply omit the brewer’s yeast and consider increasing the amount of other lactation-promoting ingredients, like flaxseed or oats, to compensate.
Storing and Freezing Your Lactation Muffins
To store your lactation muffins, place them in an airtight container and keep at room temperature for up to 3 days. You can also store them in the refrigerator for up to a week.
If you’d like to freeze the muffins, individually wrap each muffin in plastic or aluminum foil. Then, place them in a zip-top freezer bag or airtight container. Label the bag or container with the date and type of muffin.
The muffins can be frozen for up to 3 months. To defrost, simply remove the desired number of muffins from the freezer and let them thaw at room temperature for a few hours. You can also leave them in the refrigerator overnight.
Easy Lactation Muffins
- 1 Box Muffin Mix (12 Muffins)
- 4 Tbsp Flax Seed
- 4 Tbsp Brewer's Yeast
- 1/2 Cup Quick oats
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees and grease the wells of muffin and cupcake pan.
- In a medium mixing bowl, combine the muffin mix with the ingredients called for on the muffin mix.
- Add the brewer's yeast, flax seed, and quick oats to the muffin mix, making sure to combine the ingredients together.
- Pour muffin mix into muffin/cupcake pan, dividing the mix between the 12 wells.
- Bake in oven on 425 degrees for 5 minutes and then lower the temperature to 375 degrees and continue baking for 12–15 minutes.
- Remove from oven and let cool.