If you are stressed out about maintaining your milk supply, the stress itself can reduce your milk supply. Therefore, the goal is to get to work on increasing your milk supply. Brewers yeast breastfeeding recipes is one of many ways to help boost your milk supply.
For your convenience, we’re covering the following topics in this post:
- Why moms use brewers yeast for lactation;
- Tasty brewers yeast breastfeeding recipes; and
- Brewer’s yeast breastfeeding side effects;
Why Brewers Yeast For Lactation?
- Brewer’s yeast is known as a galactagogue, which is a food, herb or medication that increases milk supply.
- It’s a great source of B vitamins, which is necessary for a woman to produce milk.
- Brewer’s yeast also contains iron, protein, chromium, selenium and various other trace minerals.
- Just two tablespoons offer 6 grams of fiber and 13 grams of protein!
- It is not only good for promoting milk supply, but also believed to help with fatigue and the “baby blues.”
- Brewer’s yeast can also be taken as a supplement.
Strictly speaking, there is no conclusive evidence that brewer’s yeast increases milk supply. However, it has been used for yonks, nursing moms swear by it, and you cannot find a lactation cookie recipe without it!
MOM TO MOM: Traditional brewer’s yeast is a little bit bitter. However, some recipes (for baking, in particular) are able to mask that bitterness very nicely. If you are using your brewer’s yeast for smoothies and shakes, try debittered brewer’s yeast instead. There are several brands that sell brewer’s yeast but if the bitterness is an issue, get the debittered version. (Do check the packaging/ listing before you buy.)
Below are several delicious brewers yeast breastfeeding recipes to try – one more yummy than the other. You have your choice of smoothies, pancakes, chocolate chip breads, granola bars and more to choose from.
Tasty Brewers Yeast Breastfeeding Recipes
Easy Lactation Brownies
- 1 box of your favorite brownie mix
- 1 egg (2 if you prefer cake-like brownies)
- 4 tbsp. debittered brewer’s yeast (from Amazon)
- 2 tbsp. flaxseed
- Water/ Oil according to brownie mix instructions
- 1 Extra tbsp. water
- 1 Cup chocolate chips (optional)
- Combine dry ingredients;
- Combine wet ingredients;
- Mix it all together
- Bake according to box instructions.
Triple Berry Lactation Waffles
This recipe contains 3 milk boosting ingredients: oats, flaxseed and of course the brewer’s yeast. These three ingredients are what you’d find in most serious lactation recipes.
It’s very flavorful too with cinnamon and a cup of mixed berries.
This recipe is freezer friendly.
Oatmeal Lactation Pancakes
These are very simple pancakes which you can dress us as you like.
It contains the 3 milk boosting ingredients: oats, flaxseed and the brewer’s yeast.
Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Lactation Bread
This is called a “lactation bread” but with 1/2 cup of sugar and a cup of chocolate chips, it’s more of a dessert bread.
This bread can be frozen.
Skinny Tropical Pink Lactation Shake
Like the other recipes above, this one too has the 3 milk boosting ingredients: oats, flaxseed and brewer’s yeast. However, brewer’s yeast is a little bitter (as mentioned) and the other ingredients don’t hide that taste very well, seeing that this is a smoothie. The recipe creator omits the brewer’s yeast because of the taste. If you want to get the benefits of brewers yeast, try debittered brewer’s yeast.
This recipe also introduces breastfeeding protein powder. If you like smoothies, this is a great option.
Banana & Chocolate Chip Lactation Muffins
Banana and chocolate chips are a great combination for muffins.
For this recipe, you will use rolled oats and regular flour.
Blueberry Lemon Lactation Pancakes
This lactation recipe has a hint of lemon. The blueberries and lemon complement one another very nicely.
This recipe also has fenugreek. It is optional but fenugreek is a milk boosting ingredient.
These pancakes are delicious and you can continue to make them once you have stopped breastfeeding – just omit the brewer’s yeast.
Double Chocolate Chunk Lactation Protein Shake
This may look like dessert but don’t be deceived. If you want healthy, you can’t do much better than this. This recipe has avocado, almond milk, and lactation protein powder. For sweetness, it has stevia. Flavor comes from baker’s cocoa (not regular cocoa) and the lactation protein powder.
This shake packs a punch. It’s high in protein and lactation ingredients.
Breakfast Breastfeeding Granola Bars
This is another healthy option for lactating moms. It’s a quick, on-the-go breakfast or snack you can eat while holding your baby, and it’s packed with milk boosting ingredients.
Blueberry Oatmeal Lactation Muffins Recipe
These muffins are made with fresh blueberries and greek yogurt.
Blueberry Lactation Smoothie
Another powerful punch. This healthy smoothy recipe contains spinach, chia seeds, almond butter, oats, debittered brewer’s yeast, banana, pineapple, stevia, and almond butter.
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Lactation Muffins
Here is a tasty muffin recipe that blends the taste of chocolate and pumpkin.
It’s healthy too with ingredients like wholewheat flour, unsweetened apple sauce, chia seeds and honey for sweetness.
Oatmeal and Banana Lactation Smoothie
This is easy to make. Cinamon and nutmeg ads nice flavor.
You can add some honey to lessen the aftertaste of the brewer’s yeast, or use the debittered brewer’s.
Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal
If you like oatmeal (porridge) and pumpkin spice, you’ll appreciate this recipe. It’s full of flavor and texture thanks to the added cinnamon, pumpkin spice, nuts, and cranberries.
Dark Chocolate Almond Butter Lactation Bars
This recipe is for baked lactation bars. It contains all kinds of healthy goodies like almond butter, dark chocolate, oats, and wheat germ. Cranberries and shredded coconut are optional.
Apple Pumpkin Lactation Muffins
This is a low-sugar muffin recipe that’s perfect when the fall weather hits. For sweetener use only 1/4 cup of sugar and applesauce.
No Bake Lactation Cookies
Nothing beats a “no bake lactation cookies.” This one is super easy to make too, with only 7 ingredients.
Chocolate Lactation Bars
If you have celiac or a gluten sensitivity, the brewer’s is optional. If not, add it in for the milk boosting benefits.
Savory Bacon & Cheddar Lactation Muffins
Bacon and cheese is a great combination for a savory muffin.
Muffins are generally a good option for new moms because you don’t have to put your baby down to eat it.
No Bake Lactation Cookie Dough Bites
These “no-bake” lactation cookies are a bit different from the one above. Instead of oats, this one has almond flour.
She also ads fennel seeds. Fennel is considered a milk-boosting ingredient.
Milk Boosting Lactation Smoothie
If you are looking for a power-packed lactation smoothie, this one is it! It contains the brewers, steel-cut oats and flaxseed.
Healthy Cinnamon Raisin Lactation Muffins
For a little extra flavor and texture, you also have the option of adding cinnamon crumble as a topping.
Chocolate Almond Lactation Cookies
This is a vegan recipe. It contains 6 milk boosting ingredients: brewer’s yeast, oatmeal, flaxseed, ginger, almonds, and almond butter.
Tropical Lactation Smoothie Recipe
This is another power-packed lactation smoothie! It has the 3 most common galactagogues, (ingredients that promote lactation,) plus it adds another – Papaya.
Green papaya, in particular, is well known for increasing milk supply throughout Asia. If possible, do try to get your hands on those. However, ripened papaya is also a good option because it’s loaded with nutrients. It has 3 times the amount of beta carotene than carrots! Beta carotene is an essential nutrient for maintaining a healthy milk supply.
Dairy-Free Chocolate Chip Toffee Lactation Cookies
A cup of dark brown sugar and a 1/4 cup of toffee bits makes this just delicious, but it also has those milk boosting ingredients.
Lactation Banana Bread
Here is a simple and healthy banana bread recipe with added brewer’s yeast, pecans, walnuts and fenugreek seeds to help with milk production.
Brewers Yeast Breastfeeding Side Effects
Brewers yeast is similar to the yeast used in beers. Therefore, few side effects can be expected.
If you are going to have any problems, they may be associated with the brewer’s yeast supplement and not necessarily brewers yeast breastfeeding recipes.
According to Kathleen Huggins, author of The Nursing Mother’s Companion:
- some babies are a bit fussy after their moms take brewers yeast;
- some moms may have recurrent yeast problems or yeast infections.
If you or your baby are experiencing any of these problems after taking a brewers yeast supplement, do avoid it. There are many other ways to boost your milk supply.