Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Lactation Bites

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The first four months exclusively breastfeeding my son were a breeze. It came very naturally to both of us and it worked out very well. I never had any reason to give him any formula and he seemed very satisfied at the breast. I was off work on maternity leave of absence so I rarely pumped. I figured I could always focus on pumping right before I went back to work and I could pump enough milk the day before he would need it for daycare. Little did I know pumping the majority of my time would be a little more challenging than I thought!

Fast forward to when I returned to work and things weren’t as easy as they were when I was on maternity leave. I went from being with my son full time to returning to my full time career and being away from him 11 hours a day. I also went from nursing him 8 times a day to only nursing him 2-3 times a day and pumping 3-4 times a day. Combine that with a stress of life and a job and that was enough to make my milk supply dip a little.

About 2 1/2 months in to my return to work, I feel like I have a few tricks up my sleeve when it comes to increasing and maintaining my milk supply while working full time. One of my favorite snacks I’ve created are my dark chocolate pumpkin lactation bites. Not only are they great for boosting milk supply, I also like to eat them on the go if I don’t have time to make breakfast or as a quick bite prior to my morning workout on weekends. The oats, dark chocolate, and ground flax seed are all great for boosting milk supply and its a perfect holiday snack on the go!

Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Lactation Bites

  • 1 1/3 cups of old fashioned oats

    • 2 cup of flax seed meal or ground flax seed

    • 3/4 cup of pumpkin puree

    • 1/4 cup of coconut palm sugar

    • 3 T of honey

    • 3/4 cup of peanut butter

    • 1/2 a bag of dark chocolate chips. Click here for my favorite ones :)

    • 2 T of Brewer’s Yeast I recommend this brand

      *Form the dough into balls and refrigerate or freeze. I prefer to freeze them :)

    • Enjoy!

MotherhoodAmanda Kryska