These Triple Berry Lactation Waffles are perfect for new moms and make for great freezer-friendly meals when you need them. They are filled with healthy, filling ingredients, and galactogogues to help with milk production!
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Well, we’re in the final moments here, guys, where little miss could show her face any day now! I’m anxiously awaiting to meet her (updated – here she is)! Exclamation points all around.
If you don’t hear from me for a few days, it’s probably happening and I’ll check back in on here when I can. I have no idea what blogging will be like. But, follow me on Instagram for up to date happenings!
Speaking of life after the baby, I am planning on breastfeeding (since updating this post, I’ve written about breastfeeding hunger). At this point, I still have lots of questions and have no idea what the unknown will be like.
I think it’s normal to be nervous about making enough milk to sustain a growing baby. I’ve heard rumors that ingredients like oats, flaxseeds and brewer’s yeast are galactogogues, meaning they help with breastmilk production. Lactation recipes for the win!
Now, I’m fairly sure there’s a lack of scientific research to back this, but I’m game to try something so innocent with the hopes of increasing milk production. I have no idea what my milk production will be like, but I’m taking prophylactic measures here to do what I can.
As a dietitian, I’m programmed to look at the scientific evidence, but I do think there’s something to be said about anecdotal evidence, too! And if it includes eating lactation waffles, so be it.
What You Need to Make Lactation Waffles
For starters, to make these you’re going to want to get yourself one of these. Did I mention they are freezer friendly?
I started making some freezer friendly meals in late February to prepare for the babe, and I already know that they will play a HUGE role in making my life easier.
Also, brewer’s yeast. I learned that brewer’s yeast is kinda bitter, but this is the debittered brewer’s yeast that I recommend. I also added some sugar and maple syrup to balance it out. The fruit helps too, creating a great balance where you don’t taste any of the bitterness.
I will also add that Tater is pretty obsessed with these too. I wouldn’t recommend skipping the sugar on this one because you may find them a little too bitter.
Even if these worked only a little bit for milk production, these Triple Berry Lactation Waffles are a great way to motivate you to make a bunch in advance, which you can enjoy for the week, or freeze for a busy time when you need them, like having a baby.
So, I tried out some waffles, tested them a few times, made extra for freezing, and now I’m ready to share with you!
What is Brewer’s Yeast?
Let’s talk about the nutrition content of these babes too, since I’m all about that.
These Triple Berry Lactation Waffles combine three of the galactogogues: oats, flaxseeds and brewer’s yeast. I also mixed in some AP flour, spices, and used two Eggland’s Best eggs, and these magical creatures were created.
I had never tried Brewer’s Yeast before.
Like I mentioned earlier, it’s a little bit bitter. But I also learned that it’s very high in B-Vitamins (like nutritional yeast), protein, fiber and selenium. Just two tablespoons offers 6 grams of fiber and 13 grams of protein.
Are Lactation Waffles Healthy? (The Nutrition Content of Lactation Waffles)
Let’s talk about Eggland’s Best eggs for a second because they are the only eggs I buy (and cook with), and they are the star in these lactation waffles. Compared to ordinary eggs, EB eggs offer even higher amounts of many pregnancy-necessary nutrients compared to the ordinary egg, making them an excellent, optimal healthy choice during pregnancy.
Plus, if you’ve been reading my pregnancy post updates (20 weeks, 25 weeks, 30 weeks, 35 weeks), it’s no surprise that eggs have always appeared as one of the foods I’ve craved throughout pregnancy. I’ve eaten them nearly every day, which is great for many reasons.
Obviously, women need higher amounts of many nutrients during pregnancy since they are not only feeding themselves, but also a growing fetus!
And growing that fetus takes a whole lot more energy than you would realize. That’s apparent through the constant hunger you experience, and all the calories needed to form and develop each little part of the baby – their organ systems, their skin, their lungs and pumping heart, etc. Plus, they move around a lot (especially in the latter months) so you gotta fuel that too!
Additionally, you want to make sure they are GROWING.
So, yes, nutrition is important and worth maximizing. Each Eggland’s Best egg has 6 times more Vitamin D than ordinary eggs! While it is difficult to get sufficient Vitamin D through diet alone, including Eggland’s Best eggs (with yolks) can certainly make it easier. One egg has 6mcg (35% of the daily recommended intake) of Vitamin D, which is a lot!
Furthermore, Eggland’s Best eggs have more than double the amount of omega-3 fatty acids compared to ordinary eggs (125 mg vs 49 mg). Omega-3 fatty acids offer key benefits for heart health, brain and eye function, infant development and more. Omega-3 fatty acids contribute to fetal neurodevelopment and may be important for the timing of gestation and birth weight. Plus, just two Eggland’s Best eggs provide nearly 50% of the daily recommendation for choline during pregnancy.
Suffice to say, you’re getting more nutrition bang for your buck when you choose Eggland’s best eggs, especially during pregnancy!
How To Make Lactation Waffles
- 1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
- 1 cup oats
- 2 Tbsp brewer's yeast*
- 1 Tbsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2 Tbsp ground flaxseed
- 1/2 cup coconut sugar
- 1/4 cup maple sugar
- 1 1/2 cups milk
- 2 Egglands Best eggs
- 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup mixed berries (I used frozen)
- powdered sugar for topping
- Preheat waffle maker.
- In a large bowl, whisk dry ingredients (flour, oats, brewer’s yeast, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, flaxseed and coconut sugar).
- In a separate bowl, mix your wet ingredients (maple syrup, milk, eggs, coconut oil, vanilla extract).
- Add wet into dry ingredients and mix. Allow batter to sit for a couple minutes to thicken. Add mixed berries last to prevent staining.
- Pour batter onto hot waffle iron and cook for a few minutes, or according to waffle maker directions.
- Once done, top with more fruit and powdered sugar, if desired.
Note: To freeze, let waffles completely cool. Keep waffles in freezer friendly ziplock bag. If placing multiple waffles in one bag, I like to use parchment paper to keep them all from sticking. When ready to eat, thaw in microwave or heat in toaster!
*I've found this (debittered) brewer's yeast to be the least bitter!
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 416 Total Fat: 17g Saturated Fat: 12g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 3g Cholesterol: 50mg Sodium: 300mg Carbohydrates: 58g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 3g Sugar: 32g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 7g
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Of course, you don’t have to be pregnant or breastfeeding to enjoy these. You can certainly enjoy them without the brewer’s yeast, too if you find that it turns you off.
I’ll report back and share if I think these galactogogues really do help with milk production and if these lactation waffles help. Like everything else with pregnancy, breastfeeding is going to be a whole new learning experience for me and baby. And a whole new way to learn and view my body. I look forward to sharing the journey with you guys.
Update After Giving Birth
I was blessed with a great milk supply and while I don’t think eating these lactation waffles beforehand and during was the ONLY reason, I’m sure they didn’t hurt! Camryn is now 13 months old and I am still nursing.
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