Orange-Oat Lactation Cookies
Since experts recommend getting 450 to 500 extra calories per day when you're breastfeeding, it's a good time for one of these nutritious, citrus-glazed cookies. While eating a balanced healthy diet is most important when nursing a baby, some foods—including the oats, fennel, flax, brewer's yeast and barley malt syrup in these cookies—are believed to promote milk production.
To make ahead:
Store cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. Or prepare through Step 4 and freeze the formed cookies in a single layer on a baking sheet until solid. Once solid, transfer the cookies to a resealable plastic bag and freeze for up to 1 month. Before baking, thaw on the baking sheet in the refrigerator overnight or let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes.
Barley malt syrup, made from sprouted barley and water, is traditionally used as a sweetener in breads. Honey or molasses can be used instead but will give a less toasty flavor.
Brewer's yeast is a key (nonalcoholic) ingredient in beer-making. It can also be used in baking to add protein, B vitamins and essential minerals, as well as a hint of beer-like bitterness. Find it in natural-foods stores or online.