One of the more stressful aspects of nursing, for me at least, was supply. Especially with Judah, I was away from him more and had to pump while at work. So I was aware of how much I was pumping and how much he was eating and it never seemed like I could keep up. I had a few tricks for boosting my supply.
On the days that I worked, I always chugged at least one Gatorade. I always went for the low sugar. I also made sure to eat oatmeal most mornings for breakfast. There are other things like Fenugreek and Brewer's Yeast, but I didn't try those.
Since cutting out dairy and gluten, I have been making these energy balls as a sweet treat but they also helpboost your supply! My husband loves these so much that I'm surprised he hasn't started lactating yet. I am not a food blogger, but thankfully these only call for a few simple ingredients.
Almost Vegan Lactation Balls
Prep Time: Quick
Lasts in the fridge for a few days. These are usually gone from my fridge within two so I can't really tell you. Like I said, not a food blogger.
1 1/4 cup rolled oats (oats help boost supply.)
1/4 cup lactation boosters (I usually do flax and chia, but you could also use coconut. Coconut and flax help boost supply.)
1/2 cup nut butter. I do peanut. (Thanks, Michelle, for noticing that I completely forgot this super important ingredient! - insert hand to forehead emoji!)
1/3 cup honey or maple syrup (I do honey, which is why these are almost vegan.)
1/2 cup mix-ins (chocolate chips, nuts, raisins, dried fruit (apricot boosts supply), cacao or anything you think would be yummy!) For this batch I did raisins and and Enjoy Life chocolate chips. I usually do cacao which gives these a nice boost as far as energy and is also a natural appetite suppressant. I wouldn't recommend using cacao if you're a new mama trying to boost your supply because of the caffeine.
Mix it all together.
Roll into balls and refrigerate.
My trick for perfect little balls is using an ice cream scoop!
These brownies are my list of things to make because they are vegan and gluten free, but they also have oats, brewer's yeast and flax so they boost supply as well!
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