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Trick or treat?!
Today, you’re getting a treat in the form of a recipe for some fall inspired no-bake lactation bites! There may be hundreds of boobie bites recipes out there, but not many (if any) that give you all the best flavors of fall!
These milk-boosting little bites have just the right amount of fall flavor to satisfy that pumpkin spice craving! Grab the recipe here and help yourself to some other fantastic milk supply remedies!
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Is Pumpkin Good for Breastfeeding Mothers?
Let’s first decide whether pumpkin is a milk booster for breastfeeding moms. Yes, many of us love pumpkin-flavored everything during the autumn season and we usually don’t need any EXTRA reasons to treat ourselves to it.
However, if pumpkin can ALSO increase milk supply for breastfeeding mothers – well then, let’s party!
So what does the data show?
Many studies have determined that some superfoods for breastfeeding moms include: avocados, pumpkin seeds, fenugreek and even curry. Eating a variety of these superfoods while breastfeeding can be beneficial for overall health which will lead to increased milk production.
Why Does Pumpkin Increase Milk Production?
Does pumpkin classify as a galactagogue? Well, I think so! By the way, that weird sounding word (ga‧lac‧ta‧gogue) is a strange and fun way to describe any food or herb with the ability to increase the flow of a mother’s milk.
We know that nutritionally pumpkin seeds (Pepitas) are high in fiber and iron with a good amount of protein as well. Iron is very important for a breastfeeding mother. After all, our blood is actually responsible for the creation of breast milk!
How They’re Made
- 2 cups Old Fashioned Oats
- 1/4 cup lightly ground or whole Pumpkin Seeds (Pepitas)
- 1/4 cup ground or milled golden Flax Seeds
- 2 cups Pumpkin Butter
- 4 soaked and de-pitted large Medjule Dates
- 1/2 tablespoon Pumpkin Pie Spice
- Salt to taste (usually a pinch or two is perfect)
- 1/4 cup Honey or Maple Syrup for a sweeter treat (optional)
- In a food processor, add your soaked and de-pitted Medjule Dates to grind. These will act as a binding agent and sweetener for your pumpkin lactation treats. Plus, they add a scrumptious chewy texture that I really love!
- Optional: you can also lightly grind your pumpkin seeds to make forming the bite-sized balls a little easier.
- In a large bowl, combine all ingredients and place in the fridge for 30 minutes, or until cooled and set.
- Use a melon baller to scoop out the same sized bites and roll in your hands until packed tight.
How to Store
Once each lactation bite is rolled, place on a baking sheet lined with parchment or wax paper and place in the freezer until set (usually about 15-20 minutes).
Once set, stack them in an airtight container to store in the fridge for up to a week (if they last that long, p.s. mine don’t!). These also store well in the freezer as a make ahead breastfeeding snack to have ready before baby arrives.
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