Did you know that August 1st – 7th marks World Breastfeeding Week? We honor this week to recognize the benefits and challenges associated with breastfeeding around the world.

The first World Breastfeeding Week was celebrated in 1992 with 70 countries taking part. This movement has now grown to over 120 countries marking the week each year.

The World Health Organization and the American Academy of Pediatrics emphasize that there may be value in exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life. Today, we are realizing more and more that food has a direct impact on our health. Likewise, the research conducted on breastmilk nutrients has shown that there are health benefits for both the birthing person and their baby.

At San Francisco Birth Center, we recognize the need for breastfeeding support within our community. While breastfeeding is an organic process, it isn’t always easy. We are here to recognize when things are not going smoothly and offer support and resources to help each new parent along their journey.

We invite you to help us honor World Breastfeeding Week by making/sharing this recipe for lactation support cookies (Adapted from Mama Natural)

Lactation Support Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups Rolled Oats
  • 1/2 cup (Or Equivalent) Sugar of Your Choice (Agave, Coconut, Stevia)
  • 1/4 cup Cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup Brewer’s Yeast Flakes 
  • 1 TB Ground Fennel
  • 1 tsp. Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp. Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp. Salt
  • 1/2 cup Nut Butter of Choice
  • 1/4 cup, plus 2 TB Coconut Oil (Melted)
  • 2 eggs (can replace with chia seed or other egg replacement)
  • 2 TB Honey
  • 1/2 tsp. Vanilla Extract

Directions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Put your 2 cups of rolled oats into a high speed blender or food processor. Blend until the oats are a flour-like consistency.
  3. Put dry ingredients into large bowl and mix.
  4. In a smaller bowl, put your nut butter, melted coconut oil, honey, eggs and vanilla extract. Mix well.
  5. Pour the contents of smaller bowl into the dry ingredient bowl. Mix well with spoon or clean hands.
  6. Grease a cookie sheet with coconut oil. Form small flat balls, about the circumference of a silver dollar.
  7. Bake cookies in oven for 15-20 minutes. Check for slightest browning on outside of cookie.
  8. Take out and transfer cookies to a cooling rack.
  9. Enjoy warm, or let cookies cool to room temperature.