It’s an exciting and glorious time, the arrival of a precious new born and can often be met with some significant challenges. Breastfeeding, one of the many ongoing challenges that comes with raising a new born. It can feel daunting and frustrating for women who struggle with breastfeeding, however, there’s a plethora of support services available to assist including the Australian Breastfeeding Association (free) or get a lactation consultant (worth the money).
Galactagogues are found in brewer’s yeast, as well as flaxseed and oats. Galactagogues are foods, herbs or medications that may help to increase breastmilk supply. Such foods can be eaten by women before birth and whilst breastfeeding. Apart from adding oats and flaxseeds to breakfast foods such as smoothies and porridge, ‘lactation biscuits’ are a delicious snack that can be enjoyed throughout the day. Lactation biscuits are suitable for pregnant women, breastfeeding women and can actually be enjoyed by everyone! These make a wonderful gift for new mum’s too. Although the biscuits may not take effect for all women, they are definitely worth a tasty try.
In a woman’s fourth trimester, acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine may help with many symptoms and changes which naturally occurs in the body. If any of the following symptoms occur please seek advice: low energy, constipation, night sweats, anxiety, depression, pain and headaches. Phone consultations are especially handy during the fourth trimester.
A reminder to come in for a 6 weeks mother and baby post partum treatment. Jane can care for your baby whilst deep in your ‘acunap’ (the nap that you take during your acupuncture treatment, when you are neither fully awake or fully asleep, yet when you are finished you feel fully refreshed).
Lactation Biscuits Recipe
Prep time: 15 minutes (1 hour and 45 minutes if you are trying to do this with a baby)
Cook time: 12 minutes
Oven temp: Preheat to 170C
Makes: 15(ish) biscuits
- 1 cup self raising wholemeal flour (if you only have plain flour, just add 1/2 teaspoon baking powder)
- 110g butter or organic virgin coconut oil
- 3/4 cup brown sugar or coconut sugar
- 2 tablespoons flaxseed meal
- 1 egg
- 2 tablespoons of water
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons of brewers yeast (must be brewers yeast – non negotiable)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 & 1/2 cups oats – organic, steel cut oats or rolled oats
Lactation Biscuits Method
- Cream the butter and sugar.
- Add the egg and vanilla. Mix well.
- In a separate bowl, combine the flaxseed and water, let them sit for a few minutes before adding to mix.
- Add the dry ingredients (apart from the oats and your optional biscuit ingredients) and mix well again.
- Stir in the oats and your additional ingredients.
- Using a dessert spoon, scoop the mixture into your hand and roll it into a ball.
- Place the biscuits onto a lightly greased baking tray.
- Flatten them a little
- Bake for around 10-12 minutes (depending on how well cooked or crunchy you like your biscuits).
*Do not eat uncooked dough if you are pregnant – raw egg! But do eat if you are breastfeeding, it seems to be even more effective at increasing supply.
**When making these lactation biscuits, please try to source organic, local ingredients wherever possible. Please contact us, as Acupuncture Fitzroy now stocks brewers yeast and organic oats.
***I’ve tried to be “healthy”, however, lactation biscuits need to be sweet enough to hide the very bitter taste of some of the ingredients.
****For those on a low carb eating plan, you’ll have to play with coconut flour and you might need to add an extra egg.