Hey friend! So happy to have you here. I hope that wherever you are reading from that you are having a nice day.
I honestly never thought to publish a lactation recipe here, and I’m a bit surprised. After two children, and years of nursing between the two of them, I have enjoyed a couple of various “lactation” bakes to help improve milk supply. This is one of the one that I’ve enjoyed regularly.
Before you dive in, please note you do not need to be a nursing mama to enjoy this banana bread. Your entire family can love it as much as you do, (if you really want to share) Some of the milk boosting ingredients are totally optional. But, when you fall in love with this peanut butter, oatmeal, chocolate chip banana bread – don’t forget to come back to this recipe and enjoy it long after your nursing days are over. Warning: may cause nostalgia for those long, sweet, snuggly, baby days.
We are currently at eighteen months with baby number two. I will be totally honest, if my son decided to be done today (hah, don’t see that happening) – I would not be at all disappointed. However, his nursing behavior yesterday had me concerned that my supply was low. And I found myself baking up this recipe. So, okay – maybe I would be a little disappointed. I really enjoy our morning snuggle sesh.
Whether you’re far along on this journey, or in the early stages, the fact you’re here may mean you’re concerned about feeding your little one which is a very difficult thing. I remember being there and the struggles, all the reading, and worries.
Please remember that your nursing journey is personal, and however it pans out, everything will be just fine. Keep in mind that the early days of nursing are hard, and for some strange reason, no one really prepares you for it. But it absolutely gets easier for most women. And if you’re in the middle of these days – spending up to twenty hours a day nursing your newborn in the beginning – you really should enjoy a few slices of warm, comforting banana bread with your mother’s milk tea. Give this recipe to your spouse or a friend and let them know you need it – you deserve it delivered right into arms reach.
And if you’re like me and you’re long passed the hard spot, now you can share this recipe with the little person who inspired you to bake it in the first place. My son may love this banana bread more than he loves me, and that’s saying a LOT.
As always, I like to highlight some of the ingredients I chose to include in this recipe. You can adapt and play around as it’s forgiving. But, for convenience, I always link the specific ingredients I used at the end of the post.
A nutritious dietary supplement for breastfeeding mothers, Brewer’s Yeast contains iron, protein and vitamin B apart from selenium, chromium and some other trace materials. It does help many to increase the supply of milk because of its potential benefits, but it doesn’t always work for everyone. It is considered safe as a nutritional supplement as it is generally well (source)
Flaxseed has phytoestrogens that can influence breast milk production. … Breastfeeding mothers use it to Not only can it help you to make more breast milk, but it may also give you more energy, have a positive effect on your mood and get rid of the baby blues. (source)
I always like to use natural, homemade peanut butter, or quality peanut butter sold in a glass. Any peanut butter should work just fine!
Lilly’s dark chocolate chips:
You can use any, but I always have these on hand. They are delicious and sweetened with stevia.
I actually omit sugar when I bake this for myself, but I did add an optional add some into the recipe, because I know I prefer my bakes a little less sweet than most people. For me, the sweetness from the banana is enough. Create the batter to suit your needs!
I hope that you will enjoy this recipe today and for many years to come. If you enjoy it, I’d love to hear from you. Feel free to give me a follow on Instagram for more holistic recipes like this one.