Looking for a delicious lactation booster for your milk supply? These Apple Pumpkin muffins are so easy, plus the little bit of chocolate chips on top is a great sweet treat.
Nursing has always been a bit rough for me. Around the 3-month mark is usually when my milk supply starts decreasing. Eating foods that help boost my supply has really helped me this time around with Liam. It’s hard to believe he’s already 12 months!
There are numerous things you can do to help increase your milk supply, but remember: everything doesn’t work the same for every person. Also, be sure that you actually need an increase of milk. If your little one is gaining and thriving, your supply might be perfect the way it is.
A few helpful ways to boost your supply:
- Oatmeal. Aside from warm oatmeal, try adding it to your smoothies or making overnight oats in the fridge.
- Water. Staying hydrated is essential! Switch up your water by adding citrus, watermelon, cucumbers, mint, or berries.
- Fenugreek pills. I was told to take 3-4 tablets during mealtime to help boost my supply, but be warned: some babies get an upset stomach from it.
- Coconut milk. Try making a smoothie or adding to coffee!
This Apple Pumpkin Lactation Muffin recipe is perfect for the cooler fall weather. I tried to keep the sugar low so you can eat 2-3 of these almost guilt-free. The chocolate chips on top are optional…but c’mon, you know you love a little sweet treat! I like to have a muffin in the morning with my coffee after nursing, or as a snack to help with the mid-afternoon slump. Everyone in the family can enjoy these muffins, but feel free to keep them to yourself.
The brewer’s yeast and ground flax are what help boost your milk in this recipe. Pro tip: when purchasing brewer’s yeast, be sure to choose a debittered variety, which is almost flavorless. You can also add it to yogurt or other snacks throughout the day!
Apple Pumpkin Muffins w/ Chocolate Chips
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 cup old-fashioned oats
- 1 cup walnuts
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice*
- 2 tablespoons brewer's yeast
- 2 tablespoons ground flax seed
- 1 cup canned pumpkin
- 2 large eggs
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 2 cups applesauce
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil**
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- Mini chocolate chips
Preheat the oven to 350º. Line a muffin tin with cupcake liners.
In a chopper, grind oatmeal and walnuts, pulsing to make a coarse chop.
Using a medium bowl, add flour, oatmeal/walnut mixture, baking powder, baking soda, salt, brewer's yeast, ground flax and pumpkin pie spice. Set aside.
In a large bowl, add canned pumpkin and sugar. Using a mixer, mix on medium speed for 2 minutes. Add one egg at a time, mixing in between.
Slowly add applesauce and coconut oil, then vanilla extract. Pour in the dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
Fill the muffin cups up 3/4 and sprinkle with mini chips.
Bake 30-35 minutes, or until golden brown.
Allow to cool slightly before serving.
*If you don't have pumpkin pie spice, sub 2 teaspoons cinnamon & 2 teaspoons nutmeg **You can substitute butter or canola oil for the coconut oil
Other delicious lactation recipes to try:
- Banana Chip Lactation Muffins
- Milky Monster Cookies
- Peanut Butter Banana Lactation Milkshake via We’re Parents
- Lactation Energy Bites via I Can Teach My Child
- No Bake Lactation Protein Bars via We’re Parents
This post originally appeared on Babycenter’s Blog.