Amongst my mum’s group it’s about that time in our bubba’s lives when those of us who are breastfeeding are having a milk supply drop off, as our little ones are hooking into their solids more and the weaning process has slowly begun, even if it is a long process (sob sob!) One of my mumma friends was having a supply issue, topping up with formula for one feed a day, but really wanting to continue breastfeeding for as long as possible. Her boy is a big bubba like our Eleanor, so I know just how they can suck the marrow from your bones! A ‘boobie biscuit’ care package was in order, to (hopefully) boost that milk supply and keep up to that hungry, growing boy. These are a fantastic gift for a new mum – trust me, in the middle of the night or even those 3pm munchies (or let’s face it, anytime when you’re feeding another human!) these are the best snack to shove in your face.
These biscuits seem to work for lots, others day they can’t really see a noticeable difference. Like most things, I’m sure it varies from one woman to the other. In any case, they’re worth a shot if your milk supply seems a little low, or need to boost it up, whether it be in the early days with a newborn or 7 months down the track like us…
240g butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup caster sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
4 tablespoons linseed meal
2 cups flour
2 tablespoons brewers yeast
1 teaspoon bicarb soda
3 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup choc chips
1/2 cup dried cranberries
In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, brewers yeast, bicarb soda and oats. Cream the butter and sugars together on a medium speed, add in the eggs, vanilla and linseed meal, mixing to combine.
Add in the dry ingredients half a cup at a time, mixing on medium speed after each addition. Stir through the choc chips and cranberries.
Roll the mixture into tablespoon sized balls and bake on a baking tray for 10 minutes at 180 degrees Celcius. The biscuits should be soft to the touch, but will harden as they cool.
The key ingredient is the brewers yeast – you can purchase it in powder form from health food shops or some people have sourced from speciality beer brewing shops. Another mum in my mum’s group also said she has a light beer after the last feed of the night which I guess would do the same thing. Oats are also a great food source to boost milk supply. Obviously a balanced diet with loads of fruit, vegetables and protein heavy is optimal for a breastfeeding mother.
Breastfeeding is so amazingly important (if you are able to) and I love, love, love it, as does Eleanor funnily enough! I would be pretty sad if I had a milk supply drop off, perhaps I better munch on some of these myself…