All You Need To Know About Brewer’s Yeast And Lactation
What is brewer’s yeast? How do brewer’s yeast and lactation come together? Is it really helpful in boosting milk supply? What about its side effects?
These are just some of the most commonly asked questions regarding brewers yeast and lactation. These are the questions that we are going to tackle as you read on.
A lot of lactating moms is not all moms, wants nothing but to be able to sustain or improve their milk production. They will do anything to ensure they are able to reach or attain what they are hoping for. But the question is, how does one maintain or improve her breastmilk supply?
There are actually a lot of ways. A lactating woman may opt to go for medication, taking supplements, or eating foods that are said to be highly efficient in boosting breastmilk supply. For those who are familiar with lactation food particularly lactation cookies, cupcakes, and bars, you are most likely familiar with brewer’s yeast. Now the question is, how do brewers yeast and lactation go together? Does it really help in increasing milk supply?
What is brewer’s yeast?
Brewer’s yeast is a type of yeast that is produced as a result of beer brewing. It is the dried, disabled or non-living cells of s fungus called, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, which is also commonly used as a probiotic.
In alternative medicine, it is used to help promote good digestive health. Brewer’s yeast is also believed to help treat different kinds of health conditions like colds, flu, diabetes, irritable bowel movement, and diarrhea to name a few.
Brewer’s yeast is termed as a “super food” because it is a rich source of protein, vitamin B-complex, key amino acids, iron, minerals, selenium, as well as chromium or glucose tolerance factor (GTF), which helps boost breastmilk supply. With these present in brewer’s yeast, it is considered as “a potentially useful “natural” nutritional supplement”.
Brewers Yeast and Lactation
In history, brewer’s yeast was used has been used as a galactagogue, which pertains to a substance that helps increase breastmilk.
Brewer’s yeast is one of the many galactagogues that are considered safe for lactating moms and pregnant women. Although there is no specific scientific evidence that proves its effectiveness in increasing the production of breastmilk, a lot of moms who used it for that purpose claim that they have noticed or experienced better milk production.
Other Benefits of Brewer’s Yeast for Lactating Mothers
Apart from increasing mothers’ breastmilk supply, brewer’s yeast has other equally amazing benefits too, which include:
– Increases energy levels
– Elevates mood
– Combats fatigue and refreshes a person
– Nourishes the hair and skin
– Provides a sense of well-being
– Helps lower the blood sugar level in the body
– Helps replenish key components that lactating mothers need
Uses of Brewer’s Yeast for Lactation
Brewer’s yeast is accessible both in online and offline health food stores. It is available in both tablet and powdered forms. However, we suggest you consult your attending physician first before taking it for proper dosage.
Brewer’s yeast is used by:
– Mixing it up with milk boosting lactation cupcakes, cookies, as well as smoothies. Normally, 1 or 2 tablespoons of the powdered form will do.
– For tablets, 2 to 3 tablets thrice a day is considered safe. But again, please make sure to ask your physician first before taking it.
Side Effects of Brewer’s Yeast
Although it is considered safe and effective as a milk booster, too much consumption or incompatibility with whatever supplements or medication you are currently taking with the yeast may cause the following side effects:
– Vaginal Yeast Infection
– Hypoglycemia Complications
– Abdominal upset
– Crohn’s disease
– Ulcerative colitis
– Opportunistic fungal infection
Brewers Yeast and Lactation Treats
For those who may want to use it for lactation treats, here are a few lactation treat recipes using brewer’s yeast among its ingredients.
Source: How Sweet Eats
3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1 1/2 cups unbleached organic all-purpose flour
5 tablespoons brewers yeast
3 tablespoons ground flaxseed
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
12 tablespoons organic unsalted butter
4 tablespoons unrefined organic virgin coconut oil
1 1/2 cups organic cane sugar
1 large egg + 1 large egg yolk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups dark chocolate chips/chunks
Feel free to add: unsweetened flaked coconut chopped almonds, 1 to 2 tablespoons of almond butter
- Preheat the oven the 350 degrees F.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the oats, flour, yeast, flaxseed, baking powder, soda, cinnamon, and salt.
- In the bowl of your electric mixer, beat the butter and coconut oil on medium speed until creamy. Add in the sugar and beat on medium to high speed until fluffy, about 4 to 5 minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl if needed. Add in the egg and egg yolk, beating until combined, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add in the vanilla extract and beat until combined again. Gradually add in the dry ingredients, beating on low speed until just combined and mixed. Stir in the chocolate chips with a spatula until they are evenly dispersed.
- Scoop the dough into 1-inch rounds (I use an ice cream scoop so they are fairly uniform in size) and place on a baking sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake for 10 to 14 minutes, or until the bottoms are just golden. Let cool completely before storing in a sealed container.
PUMPKIN CHOCOLATE CHIP MUFFINS
Source: Love and Zest
1/2 cup honey
1 cup pureed pumpkin
1/2 cup melted coconut or grapeseed oil
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup whole wheat flour
2/3 cup almond flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/3 cup chocolate chips plus extra to top muffins (or dried fruit like raisins or cranberries)
2 tablespoons chia seeds (optional)
3 tablespoons flaxseed meal (optional)
2 tablespoons brewer’s yeast
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Whisk together the wet ingredients (eggs through vanilla).
- In another bowl, combine the dry ingredients (whole wheat flour through brewer’s yeast).
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix well.
- Line muffin tins with paper. Fill each to the top with batter and top with chocolate chips (optional).
- Bake 25 to 30 minutes for regular muffins, 22 minutes for mini muffins, and 55 minutes for a loaf.
- They are ready with a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
- Cool for a few minutes in the pan on a rack. Then, remove from the pan and cool completely on a rack.
HEALTHY CINNAMON RAISIN LACTATION MUFFINS
Source: Food With Feeling
Muffin – Ingredients:
1.5 cups whole wheat flour (I prefer King Arthur brand)
1.5 cups oatmeal
⅓ cup brown sugar
⅔ cup coconut oil
3 tablespoons butter
1.5 cups milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1.5 tablespoons brewer’s yeast
1.5 tablespoons ground flax
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons cinnamon
¾ cup raisins
1 cup walnuts, chopped
Cinnamon Crumble Topping – Ingredients:
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon butter
- Preheat oven to 425 and prepare the muffins tin with butter or cooking spray.
- Combine all muffin ingredients in mixer and beat until combined. If you want to make the crumble topping, stir ingredients together in a small bowl.
- Pour batter into prepared muffin pan and top with crumble.
- Bake for 10-13 minutes or until golden brown.
We hope that these recipes will help you with your lactation journey. By using brewer’s yeast, may you have a better milk output that is capable to cover your baby’s daily milk needs.